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Overview

Overview

  1. This beautiful movie has already been made. If we open a crowdfunding round, the investment opportunity is to raise funds for theatrical distribution costs (P&A).

  2. His Only Son is a biblically accurate film that we intend to release theatrically during the 2023 Easter season.

  3. As evidenced by The Passion of the Christ, audiences have demonstrated they will gladly pay to watch well-made biblical movies in theaters, especially during the Easter season.

  4. This opportunity sets a new precedent for projects that have partnered with Angel Studios. If enough people express interest to merit a crowdfunding round, this could very well be shown to paying audiences in less than 6 months, instead of the average production time of 18 months.

  5. Devoted care was given to this movie’s historical accuracy, awe-inspiring visuals and tender character development. These same elements are found in The Chosen, whose episodes have been viewed over 420 million times.

What is P&A?

P&A stands for “Prints and Advertising,” and it’s an old theatrical industry term from back when movies were printed onto physical film. The term is still widely used today to describe the cost of taking a finished movie like His Only Son and marketing it to moviegoers. It’s a crucial piece of the marketing budget for a film, and in the film industry is attractive to investors. Why? Because with P&A, money is only raised after the film is already made and you know the quality of the work. Also, the promised return to P&A investors is paid directly out of theatrical proceeds–meaning P&A investors get paid right after the theater gets paid. So it’s the last money in, and the first money out.

If enough people express interest in funding His Only Son’s P&A costs, the opportunity will be opened for investments, and the project will follow the standard film industry payout model. Another exciting element is that the model for P&A investment has the promise of potential returns within a 12-month period, rather than the much lengthier time when you invest in a film before filming even begins.

About His Only Son

It is one of the most controversial moments in all Scripture-- when the Lord God tested Abraham by commanding him to take his son, his only son, and sacrifice him on the mountain of Moriah. This feature film illustrates that striking account, following Abraham, his son and their two servants as they journey for three days to the place of the offering. Along the way, the men encounter dangers and trials as Abraham silently relives memories spanning the decades he and his wife, Sarah, longed for the son God had promised… the son he must now lay upon the altar.

The heavy lifting is complete. The script was written, production money secured, a cast was chosen, musical score developed, locations scouted, props created, filming completed, editing done and funds exhausted. All that is left is P&A, which allows the incredible work that has already been completed be seen.

What is the Movie Like?

What can we glean from the success of The Chosen and The Passion of The Christ? Audiences love when filmmakers devotedly bring that time in history vividly to their eyes, empowering immersion into the story. Viewers also love rich character development, backstory, elegant dialogue, and faithfulness to the historical record. And perhaps most of all, they want to see the accurate depiction of eternal truth.

Though there is no guarantee of success in this project of the same magnitude as The Chosen and The Passion of The Christ, that’s what this movie is like. One uniquely powerful way His Only Son demonstrates commitment to authenticity is by the cast. For example, Abraham is portrayed by Nicolas Mouawad, an award-winning Lebanese film and tv star with a huge fan base throughout the Arabic speaking world, which, by the way, is aware of and excited to watch this film.

Deeply Rooted Values

From the creator, David Helling: 

Since my time as a Marine in Iraq, when the Lord got ahold of my heart and drew me to His Word, my life's mission and desire has been to illustrate and exposit the Bible through film-- so that others can see what I saw in Scripture... and in seeing they might believe... and in believing they may have life in His name.

The endeavor of this film began with the desire to bring clarity to one of the most infamous moments in redemptive history. However, once I began writing the script nearly five years ago, I began to experience the darkest, loneliest, most heart-wrenching years of my life-- a season that, to a significant degree, continues to this day. But through this trial, never could I have imagined that the message of this film would act as such a timely comfort in my bleakest nights. 

It stands as a reminder to me and all of us, that even in our most dire circumstances, the Lord has a purpose in it all-- and for those of us that love Him, that purpose is for our good.

David Helling

Director

David Helling grew up in Southern Louisiana but spent the bulk of his teens in Texas. Upon graduating high school, David shipped to California for a five-year-stint in the United States Marine Corps– a commitment which eventually took him to the sands of Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. There in the desert, near the edge of ancient Babylon, in a combat zone, another battle was raging in David himself– a war within that eventually drove to the Bible. The result was a transformed heart, sincere faith and a burning desire to tell others of those Biblical accounts. Since then, David has made it his life’s mission to bring Scripture’s Truth from the page to the Screen. This endeavor has resulted in many short films and scripts, garnering numerous awards, accolades and international attention– all which now culminate in his debut feature film, His Only Son.

Nicolas Mouawad

Abraham

Nicolas Mouawad is a Lebanese film and TV actor, working in the United States and the Arab world. He is previously known for Teleat Rohi (Drop Dead Diva), and Saabe' Gaar. Nicolas has starred in some of the most-watched and critically-acclaimed drama series in Egypt, Lebanon and the UAE, including Hagar Gohanam: Black Widows, Wannous, and Abriaa Wa Laken: Innocent... However, Nicolas Mouawad started his career in television as a host on the daily live show, "Rotana Cafe" (2003-2009). He also hosted programs on MTV Lebanon. His debut acting role was in Marwan Najjar's television drama, Helm Athar. He then starred in numerous TV movies as well as Lebanese and Pan-Arab series, such as "Zero 4" and Ruby for which he won the Murex d'Or for Best Actor in 2013. The same year, he also won the Best Lead Actor Award at the London International Film Festival for his starring role in the feature film, Takaseem El Hob. He was one of the featured stars in the Pan-Arab version of "Dancing with the Stars" (2013). In 2016, he landed his first role in Egypt, starring in Wannous, one of the most-watched series of 2016. Critics hailed his performance and fluency in the Egyptian dialect, which led to more roles in Egyptian drama. Because of the success he earned in Saabe' Gaar, he landed the starring role in the Arabic-language version of "Drop Dead Diva" that aired on OSN.

Sara Sayed

Sarah

Sara Seyed. As a child in her conservative Islamic school in Tehran, an impromptu dance routine led Seyed to a month of disciplinary probation which in turn formed the path for a lifelong devotion to the fight against oppression. Seyed pursued a career in International Law out of London, and worked with Amnesty International and the International Bar Association in protecting victims of domestic violence. In 2016, she began her professional career in acting upon her acceptance into the American Repertory at Harvard University. With American Repertory she worked on the stage revival of “Assistance” by Leslye Headland directed by the world renowned Scott Ziegler, collaborated with Marcus Stern on the stage production of “Our Town” and starred in the Moscow Art Theatre production of “The Great Capitulation: Fear and Misery and the Third Reich”. On stage she also portrayed Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and Hermione in “Winter’s Tale”. In 2018 she was offered the starring role of Leili for the feature film production of 12th Fools Day (2019) for Manoto TV, alongside the Emmy award winning and Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo. In August 2019 she was cast as a series regular for the role of Jasmine in the Netflix original series Young Wallander (2020). Seyed currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her career in Television and Film while also working towards eradication of inequality with the Bottle Top Fashion house as the United Nations Global Initiative Ambassador.

Edaan Moskowitz

Isaac

Edaan Moskowitz was born in California to Israeli parents. Since a young age, Edaan has held a strong passion for film and has dedicated himself to pursuing roles both in front of and behind the camera. He has been featured in numerous short films, but his portrayal of Isaac in His Only Son marks his feature debut. Edaan earned the role due to his mature character and strong on-screen presence, beating out many talented contenders.

The Challenge

Distributing an independent film theatrically is always a significant hurdle.  That is why we have entered into an agreement with Angel Studios to be our distribution partner. Angel Studios has experience with global hits like The Chosen, of which a Christmas Special and Season 3 have a theatrical release. Angel also has a track record of working outside of traditional studio paths, so we’re confident that we can get our film out to a large audience who will be excited to have such an offering in their local theater.

The Angel Studios Model

Angel Studios is the distributor of the phenomenal series The Chosen. In 2021 alone, The Chosen earned more than $80 million in revenue*, which is extraordinary for a faith series, and even more incredible when one considers the groundbreaking “pay-it-forward” model they've pioneered. Angel Studios has helped creators raise over $30 million to create shows that amplify light.

*There is no guarantee of any return. The success of other projects does not guarantee the success of this project. Revenue generated by Angel Studios does not indicate profits earned by The Chosen, LLC or its investors.

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