Broken Phonebooth Productions is a film production group working under The JESUS Film Project (a ministry of Cru). Its purpose is to reveal biblical truth and create tools for spiritual discussion and growth, primarily through narrative film.
Now imagine this: The two main characters, floating out in the middle of the sea, declare their undying love. Then, suddenly, they decide to pray the sinner’s prayer, right before turning to the screen and saying (in unison), “You can pray to receive Jesus too, RIGHT NOW!”
The film would have flopped. No matter how truthful the message was, or how much people needed to hear it, audiences would have rejected it. The truth is, today’s media-savvy culture is turning away from traditional methods of communicating the Christian message of God’s love and forgiveness. They often don’t want to attend Christian seminars, or read a Christian book (let alone the Bible) and they aren’t interested in hearing a sermon in church. It seems like these lines of communication are… broken.
So what can we do? The not-so-simple answer is…we need to communicate truth to them in a way they will accept–their “heart-language.” Okay, so…how do we do this?
One thing that people everywhere are drawn to is stories, and visual stories in particular. They love them, they dissect them, they talk about them endlessly…they can’t get enough of them. But that’s not all—now, more than ever, stories have the power to help them form their values and beliefs about what’s important and what they really care about.
The JESUS Film Project, realizing both the power of story to communicate and the increasing sophistication of the global audience, decided to create the Film Production department. Broken Phonebooth Productions is the filmmaking team within that department.
As Broken Phonebooth Productions, we represent many years of professional education and experience in media production, as well as years of direct field ministry both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, we’re using our skills and gifts of visual storytelling to communicate biblical truth in a way people can accept—their “heart language.”
Our mission is two-fold. First, we want to make films that generate thought and discussion, helping move an unbelieving audience closer to accepting the truth of the Gospel. Second, we desire to make discipleship-based films that help Christians learn how to walk more closely with God. We have filmed, or assisted in filming, several of these story-based tools all over the world.
Our goal is simple—we want people to hear, consider, and eventually accept the message of Jesus Christ.
Paul leads our team. Before joining us, Paul worked in television production in Waco, Texas. In 2000 he moved to Orlando to do media production then later began working with The Jesus Film Project, helping launch Broken Phonebooth Productions in ’08. He and his family reside in Orlando.
Brent co-leads our team along with Paul. He has authored books, short stories, plays, and several feature and short film scripts. Currently he serves as a producer and lead writer. He and his wife Darcy, reside in Orlando.
Aron previously studied video production and regularly won awards. Just before joining us he worked as Producer/Director documenting humanitarian aid disasters and relief efforts for the NGO, Global Aid Network. Currently his role with Broken Phonebooth encompasses many areas including directing, camera man, lighting and more.
Tez joined our team as a screenwriter and producer with decades of experience in theater directing and journalism. He’s served as Editor-in-Chief for TODAY magazine and in addition to writing countless stage productions, has authored three books. His latest being: The Single Dad Detour (Kregel Publishing 2014). He and his wife Christine reside in Orlando. They have four children.
After 28 years as owner/operator of a film production business in Memphis, Steve joined us in 2009. He has filmed for Steven Spielberg and countless commercials including Nike and Jaguar. Steve has also handled broadcasts for Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and Food Network as well as ESPN, CNBC, TBN, and CBN. Steve is our Post-Production Editor
A career musician, John took a “crash course” film school in 2007 which revealed a hidden passion for telling visual stories. By the summer of ‘08 he was a filmmaker. Nine films later, John joined Broken Phonebooth as a production designer/art director. He also brings experience in music supervision, producing, screenwriting, directing and acting. He and his wife Pam share their home with felines Franz and Pixie.
David appreciated visual media (still photography, video, and film) for years before realizing he could contribute to the field of filmmaking. Before joining our team he had opportunities to learn camera operation, cinematography, directing, and editing. Dave will serving in many areas of our team as a generalist.