Our Vision

Remember the end of the film Titanic? 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 New Media department. Broken Phonebooth Productions, formed in 2008, is a team within New Media.

As Broken Phonebooth Productions, we represent many years of professional education and experience in media production, as well as years of direct field ministry. Now, armed with the best in state-of-the-art production equipment, we’re using our skills and gifts of visual storytelling to communicate biblical truth in a way that people can accept—their “heart language.”

Our mission is twofold—one, we want to make films that generate thought and discussion, helping to move an unbelieving audience closer to accepting truth of the Gospel. Two, we desire to make discipleship- based films that help Christians learn how to walk more closely with God. To date, 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 truth of the Bible. We make films that do just that.

  • Paul Hardway

    Paul leads our team. Before joining Cru in 1996, Paul worked in television production in Waco, Texas. In 2000 he moved to Orlando to do media production then in ’07 began working with The Jesus Film Project, helping launch Broken Phonebooth in ’08. He and his family reside in Orlando.

  • Brent Larson

    Brent co-leads our team along with Paul. He moved to Orlando and worked with Dr. Bill Bright at Cru International until 2003, then transferred to The Jesus Film Project. He worked part time with Broken Phonebooth in 2008 and came on full-time in ’09 as lead writer. He and his wife reside in Orlando.

  • Dan Davies

    Dan graduated from Penn State in 2004 with a degree in Architecture. He interned with Cru in 2006, doing media work, before coming on full-time staff in 2007. He joined Broken Phonebooth as our pre-production supervisor in 2010.

  • Aron Noll

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    Bio and photo coming soon

  • Tez Brooks

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    Our newest screenwriter Tez, joined our team with decades of experience in theater directing and journalism. He’s served as Editor-in-Chief for TODAY magazine and authored three books: Somewhere in the Journey(2004), Imagine Australia (Panographs Publishing 2010), and I Think I’m Lost (Kregel Publishing 2014).

    In addition, Tez hosted the radio spot The Jesus Film World Report with 7 million listeners nationwide. He and his wife reside in Orlando. They have four children.

  • Steve Ingerson

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    Steve felt called to join us in 2009 after 28 years as owner/operator of a film production business in Memphis TN. He has filmed for Steven Spielberg’s Survivor’s of the Shoah 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.

  • John Gaither

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    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 for Keynote, the creative arts ministry of Cru. 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 is married to Pam. They have no children, but share their home with felines Franz and Pixie.