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Welcome to the Press Access forum for the Covenant and Controversy film series. Here, you'll find exclusive information on the background on the films, cast and crew, promotional material, free access to all our released films, and a special message from our production team.

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Welcome to the Press Access forum for the Covenant and Controversy film series. Here, you'll find exclusive information on the background on the films, cast and crew, promotional material, free access to all our released films, and a special message from our production team.

 

Hear the Story


Hear the Story


In his treatise The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer hinges his entire work on the premise that "what comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you." It is our conviction, as with Adolph Saphir, that "there can be no true and full preaching of the Gospel without explaining the mystery of Israel," and thus if we are to duly avoid the idolatry Tozer warns us against, we must rightly bow before the Maker of Heaven and Earth who calls Himself the "God of Israel." This should cause us to wonder "Who is God, what is Israel, and why does any of this matter?" The five installments of the Covenant and Controversy series will explore and answer these questions.

Burdened by these issues, producer Stephanie Quick shot a brief email to her colleague Dalton Thomas, author of The Controversy of Zion and Time of Jacob's Trouble: The Final Suffering and Salvation of the Jewish People, in July 2012, pitching the idea of a film resource that would visually explore the issue and theology of Israel. He replied within minutes—"Let's do it"—and a preproduction team was standing in Jerusalem by January 2013.

What began as one 90-minute piece snowballed into the five-part film series in production today. Part I: The Great Rage was released worldwide on October 1, 2015 after a six-week Limited Release and 18-city Screening Tour, per our conviction to make all our films available for free. Part II: The City of the Great King is slated for an October 1, 2016 Limited Release and December 1, 2016 Global Release. 

Each Global Release will feature an expansion of our extensive online Resource Library further exploring the issues introduced in the film. It is our passion to provide the Church with theologically and artistically excellent resources, and to thusly exalt the worth of Jesus through film.

 

THE PHILOSOPHY OF 'FREE FOREVER'

Rather than run a free-film promotional period followed by permanent sale of each film, we flipped any conventional industry model on its head from the very beginning. Every FAI STUDIOS film is released in a two-fold staggered process; an eight-week Limited Release followed by a free-forever Global Release. The Limited Release period gives us the opportunity to promote the sale of the Special Edition on DVD and Vimeo On Demand, as well as block out a couple of months in our personal calendars when we are available to travel for screenings. Screenings aren't just events—they're our opportunity to shake your hand.

Sales from the Special Editions help our team recoup the costs of the film's production and prepare for the next installment. Two films down, and three to go in the Covenant and Controversy series. No one involved in the film receives any compensation; in fact, many of us are support-funded volunteer missionaries who work without salary and pay for many production costs out-of-pocket. The Everlasting Covenant is a holy thing, and we aren't here to make a profit. This film series and resource library is our gift to you and the Body of Jesus.

 

More on Why and How We Give Our Films Away for Free, here.

Meet the Family


Meet the Family


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STEPHANIE QUICK is a writer, filmmaker and musician working within the locus of a community devoted to prayer, fellowship and the Great Commission in the Muslim and Jewish worlds. She is a writer and producer for the Covenant and Controversy series, Associate Director of Media and Communications for FAI STUDIOS and a content curator for PILGRIM MEDIA. Stephanie lives in Iraq.

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DALTON THOMAS is a pioneer, author and filmmaker. He is the Founder and Director of Frontier Alliance International, the CEO of FAI STUDIOS and the Regional Bureau Director of PILGRIM MEDIA, and the Director, Editor and Director of Photography of the Covenant and Controversy series. He and his wife Anna live in Iraq with their four sons. 

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MICHAEL REYNOLDS is a teacher and pioneer living in Iraq with his wife and two daughters. He is the Director of Medical Outreach for FAI RELIEF and content curator for PILGRIM MEDIA.

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JOEL RICHARDSON is a New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker and teacher, as well as the Director of PILGRIM MEDIA. Joel lives in the United States with his wife and five children. With a special love for peoples of the Middle East, Joel travels globally teaching on the gospel, living with biblical hope, and the return of Jesus. He has been featured on and written for numerous radio, television and news outlets across the world, and is an Executive Producer for Covenant and Controversy.

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CHRIS GOODNOUGH is an Executive Producer for the Covenant and Controversy series. He lives in Australia with his wife and children.

MARC ASH is a wedding, portrait and commercial photographer living in Australia with his wife and children. He is the Director of Photography for the Covenant and Controversy series.

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About the Films


About the Films


Throughout centuries, judenhass has found expression in political, religious and social contexts spanning continents and cultures without discernible cause or correlation. The Great Rage is the first installment in this five-part series, which assesses these historical expressions of Jew-hatred and grapples with the modern progression of this international rage in present-day.

Covenant and Controversy is produced by FAI STUDIOS, exploring the history and theology of the enduring controversy over the Jewish people, the Land of Israel, and the city of Jerusalem. The Great Rage features Dalton Thomas, Stephanie Quick, Michael Reynolds, Joel Richardson, Dr. Michael Brown, Barry Horner, and Scott Volk.

A city known by many names, Jerusalem is a central character in the biblical narrative and redemptive history, yet she is burdened by competing ambitions. The City of the Great King is the second installment in this five-part series, examining the age-old controversy over this city so inextricably knit to the Everlasting Covenant. Is grace enough to save these ancient hills so marred by sin, blasphemy, war and covenant infidelity?

Covenant and Controversy is produced by FAI STUDIOS in association with PILGRIM MEDIA, exploring the history and theology of the enduring controversy over the Jewish people, the Land of Israel, and the city of Jerusalem. The City of the Great King features Dalton Thomas, Stephanie Quick, Michael Reynolds, Joel Richardson, Reggie Kelly, Samuel Whitefield, Scott Volk, Stuart Greaves, Dr. Michael Brown and Barry Horner. 

 

 

See the Films


See the Films


All our feature films are made available for free stream and download upon Global Release.

Extended interviews and bonus content is included in our Special Edition, available on DVD and Vimeo On Demand.

 

PART TWO: AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

WATCH A MESSAGE FOR PASTORS AND LEADERS + AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING

PASSWORD IS 'COVENANT' (NO QUOTATIONS)

Reviews


Reviews


"After watching The Great Rage I can tell you that it will unsettle some of its viewers, and may even irritate those who persist on denying the depth of anti-Semitic ideology in Church doctrine and its lingering presence. Some people have a hard time looking in the mirror and seeing their flaws. But hopefully Christians who are serious about being a voice of peace and truth will seriously consider the evidence that the film puts forth, along with the data that is readily available from other well-documented sources, such as Flannery’s aforementioned book."

Kron, J. Confronting Christian Anti-Semitism. Times of Israel, December 2015. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/confronting-christian-anti-semitism/

 

 

Convictions


Convictions


We believe the Everlasting Covenant made to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-20; 17:1-27) was confirmed by the blood of Jesus on the Cross (Hebrews 13:20) with territorial, ethnic and national implications. Gentiles are "grafted into" this covenant (Romans 11:24) by the same sovereign grace which first elected Israel. None are saved apart from confessing Jesus as Lord and Messiah (John 14:6).

For our position on Zionism, Antizionism and the BDS movement, please read Contention and Complexity: The Dangers of Zionism and Lack Thereof

For our position on the Great Commission as it pertains to the people of Israel, please read Our Duty to Israel by Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne

For more on why and how we give our films away for free, please read this statement.

For a fully cited transcription of Part I: The Great Rage, click here.

 

Our team can be reached for further comment at covenantandcontroversy@faimission.org

HOST A SCREENING


HOST A SCREENING


The City of the Great King is our fourth feature film release in two years. As missionaries first and filmmakers second, our priority with every production is to faithfully present the Scriptures to the Church for edification and education. We pray these films are strong resources as the Lord brings His Body to full maturity. We have found our presence at film screenings strengthens the content’s presentation while affording us the opportunities to build relationships, communicate the ethos of our organization, and answer any questions audience members have on the spot.

As you may know, we structure our film releases into two periods: an eight-week Limited Release promotional period, followed by a “free forever” Global Release. The City of the Great King will be released this way, October 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016, respectively. Because we largely self-fund our productions as an unpaid volunteer team out-of-pocket, the Limited Release serves a few functions in terms of promotion and fiscal momentum; namely, it is a time of several concerted public screenings, which helps us recoup costs of distribution and helps contribute to the cost of the next installment in the series. Three installments follow The City of the Great King, and we are in active preproduction for Part III, slated to begin filming this winter.

All of this said, we’d like to use our second screening tour to build our audience and produce the next installment. We’d like to schedule several US screenings on our official tour, in which one of our team members will be present for the event, and ask that our screening hosts provide accommodation and agree to either contribute $400USD to our tour costs &/or take up an offering at the event that would raise at least that much. This is because we want to serve the Body best we can, without spending operational costs we simply don’t have.

If you'd like to host a stop on our 2016 Screening Tour, please contact us at covenantandcontroversy@faimission.org. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Promotional Images


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Promotional Images


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Contact


Our team can be reached by email at covenantandcontroversy@faimission.org

Contact


Our team can be reached by email at covenantandcontroversy@faimission.org