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"I really, really strongly believe in this project. If you are a fan of The Chosen, it's going to make sense spiritually, and also artistically... The Shift is a project in which truth is dominant and God is present, and we desperately need that."

Dallas Jenkins
Director, The Chosen TV Series
  1. The Shift is the first feature film supported by Angel Studios. It's an uplifting story set in a sci-fi world, showing the struggle to maintain hope in the midst of great trial.

  2. The market for drama that deals genuinely with life's most significant questions is stronger than ever, and the biggest box office hits of all time are mostly sci-fi films. By telling a truth-affirming story via a popular genre (like C.S. Lewis did), we hope to create a story of intrigue and hope that's as entertaining as a blockbuster hit.

  3. Over $1.7 Million was raised in previous crowdfunding rounds from over 3,000 investors. That tells us there is a major appetite for a film of this type that invites everyone to the table and that doesn't resort to didactic proselytizing. The Shift will entertain while edifying.

  4. A team of talented professionals are already at work on this film, including Executive Producer Dallas Jenkins, the creator of The Chosen.

  5. We are teamed up with Angel Studios, the ground-breaking film and television studio behind the widely-acclaimed The Chosen, to bring to the world this innovative story where values and universal themes are dealt with in a broadly accessible way.

"Every time an artist takes a risk…they give other artists permission to take a further risk. That’s how we tell better stories and tell stories better. That is why I was captivated by The Shift and wanted to be involved…"

Dan Haseltine

Another Opportunity

Our previous offers to invest in The Shift were incredibly successful. We also heard from so many people who missed out that we are now gauging interest in another round of crowdfunding.

With The Shift, we have the chance to reach those who regularly watch value-based cinema, those who shy away from it, and even those who wouldn't typically be drawn to this sort of storytelling.

By expressing your interest today, you’re telling us how much you would like to invest if we do open another round. If that happens, we’ll reach out so you’ll be the first to know.

"I think we are at the beginning of a—pun intended—paradigm SHIFT in faith-based entertainment. I think that…Brock Heasley [is] a big part of that next school of filmmakers who are going to move the needle in a new direction. I think The Shift will reach an entirely different group of people."

Matthew S. Nelson

Success in other projects does not guarantee success in The Shift. There can be no assurance that the project results will be obtained, and actual results may vary significantly from the projections.

What is The Shift About?

The Shift is a modern day, sci-fi story of faith that takes a lot of its cues from the Book of Job.

Job’s story is particularly striking for those in the modern world who still choose every day to hold on to their faith despite their hardships. Job was so severely tested that he believed he had been abandoned by God entirely. We can all relate to how that feels. We've chosen Job as the inspiration for this film not just because we've experienced that kind of despair at times, but because he made the choice, every day, to keep pushing forward and believing.

This is the film the world needs right now. Our Job—Kevin—will face off with a mysterious stranger, known only as "The Benefactor", in a way that exposes his tricks and the lies used against us by shining a light that cuts through all that darkness. Kevin will be presented with concrete temptations most of us can relate to, and we'll see how his choices alter the world around him. The sci-fi plot that lets Kevin "shift" between realities shows with dramatic allegory the way our lives can be changed by small, daily choices.

In the end, Job proved worthy of God’s faith in him. The question is: can Kevin overcome the temptation of untold wealth and power to do the same?

"Today was one of those days. I was in despair. Felt the temptation; wanted to throw in the towel. And this film was a confirmation that I wasn't alone and (a reminder) to go to God. He has answers for me."

Ricky M.

"It was GRIPPING. It actually made me dig down and realize the fact that's me and my struggle in this crazy world we live in here."

Jeff C.

What Will the Film Be Like?

Our favorite films are so popular because they tend to excel at presenting dramatic stories with strong themes and high production values.

Inspired by films like Inception, Interstellar, and Gattaca, The Shift explores themes of temptation, hope, and perseverance with the storytelling tools and incredible worlds only available in science fiction. Like those films, this is a movie that will stay with audiences long after the credits have rolled, leaving them imagining the "what ifs" and thinking about their own lives and experiences in a different light.

In the feature film, Kevin will reject the dark and chase the light in a dystopian world under the thumb of tyranny, and like the biblical Job, he will feel completely abandoned by God. We'll see him pass through incredible trials, journey to new worlds, fight to get back to the woman he loves, and even come face-to-face with an alternate version of himself.

It's safe to say you've never seen a film like this.

The Shift short was made for just $500, and yet it still looks that good. Imagine what we could do with a proper budget. With your help, we can make a film that has the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster that will also turn hearts and minds towards the light.

"This doesn't seem like your typical, cheesy (Christian movie)...I can invite my dad and he's still going to be interested in it and he's not turned off because it doesn't seem like a Hallmark movie."

Alyssa M.

"I'm not really a big sci-fi guy...but this is very compelling. It got me and it went deep. Very powerful."

Joe R.

Brock Heasley

Writer and Director

Writer and director Brock Heasley is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for telling stories of hope on the screen and on the page. His work in film has seen him write and direct two short films (The Shift, The Two Hundred Fifth), and serve as an Associate Producer on a feature film produced by Blumhouse Productions and Tremendum Pictures. He has written the YA novel, Paper Bag Mask, and also the memoir The Other Side of Fear: A True Story of Murder, Forgiveness, and the Peace Only Faith Can Bring. He is the creator of the comic The SuperFogeys, which was recently collected as a graphic novel. Heasley lives in California with his three daughters and a wife who is way smarter than him. He’s thrilled to be working with Angel Studios on a project that so personally speaks to his faith and values.

Ken Carpenter


Producer Ken Carpenter most recently produced Surprised By Oxford in the UK, featuring Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter). He produced Finding You in Ireland, which was released in 2021 by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate/Amazon Prime with Academy-Award winner Vanessa Redgrave. He also produced Roll With It with Endeavor Content, releasing in 2022. He produced Run the Race, released theatrically by Roadside Attractions in 2019, as well as Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in 2021, featuring Heather Locklear. Before producing feature films, he produced and directed music videos, commercials, documentaries, and branding films for a wide array of artists and organizations, including dc Talk, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Compassion International, Blood Water Mission, Prison Fellowship, Joni & Friends, and many more. He and his family reside in Nashville.

Dallas Jenkins

Executive Producer

Executive Producer Dallas Jenkins has worked in Hollywood for nearly two decades, creating films for Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Hallmark Channel, PureFlix, and Universal. The son of celebrated Christian author Jerry B. Jenkins (The Left Behind series, The Jesus Chronicles series), his passion for sharing unique, inspiring, and unexpected stories of faith has delighted audiences around the world. After creating feature films such as Midnight Clear and What If…, the Hallmark movie Though None Go With Me, and the recent theatrical release The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, Jenkins is now working on what he considers his “life’s work,” a TV show about the life of Jesus called The Chosen. The first season is already completed and available now!

Justen Overlander


Co-Producer Justen Overlander is a filmmaker and speaker with an aim "to bring light into a world in need of it." As a producer on the first two seasons of The Chosen, the first-ever multi-season show about Jesus and his disciples, Justen was blessed to see first-hand the life-saving impact film and television projects can have. “I’m stoked to join The Shift team,” Justen said. “The faith/sci-fi genre is underrepresented, and The Shift represents an opportunity to reach a whole new audience with its redemptive message.”

Dan Haseltine


Co-composer Dan Haseltine is a 4x GRAMMY winner, BMI Songwriter of the Year, and Dove Award winning songwriter/artist, and front man for Jars of Clay and synth-Pop trio, The Hawk In Paris. Dan has penned 14 #1 radio singles, and composed the score for feature films, documentaries, and commercials. He is the co-composer of the world-renowned TV series, The Chosen. Dan is the founder of Blood:Water, an organization that supports clean water and HIV/AIDS work in Africa, and co-founder of local anti-racism organization THE PUBLIC.

Matthew S. Nelson


Co-composer Matthew S. Nelson is a cellist and a guitarist who has worked professionally in a wide variety of musical roles since 1999. He is best known for his touring work as bandleader for country artist RaeLynn, his touring and session work with award-winning band Jars of Clay, and his score (co-composed with Dan Haseltine) for the hit original series The Chosen. In addition to album credits as diverse as JD Souther, Anderson East, Michael W. Smith, and Hooray for the Riff Raff, Nelson has performed live with Amy Grant, Sleeping at Last, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Cheap Trick, among a long list of others. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Grand Ole Opry, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and the TV drama series Nashville. Matthew S. Nelson lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brandon Jones

Co-Sound Designer and Supervisor

Brandon Jones is a sound designer and sound supervisor with an ear for detail and talent for innovation that has put him in key positions on some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. He worked closely with director John Krasinski as the sound designer for A Quiet Place, and with director Stephen DeKnight as the lead sound designer for Pacific Rim: Uprising. Other credits include The Shallows, Christopher Robin, Godzilla 2: King of Monsters, and Michael Bay's 13 Hours and Transformers: The Last Knight. At USC, Jones earned his Master's in guitar performance, only moving into the film industry years later by doing sound design and mixing for small independent projects, eventually working his way up to feature films. He served as the lead sound designer for The Shift, and is returning for the feature film. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Emily, and their two boys.

Joel Erickson

Co-Sound Designer and Supervisor

One of the industry's very best Dialogue/ADR Supervisors, Joel Erickson has worked on some of the biggest Hollywood films of the past decade including World War Z, Argo, Transformers: The Last Knight, Jungle Cruise, and more. Joel often works alongside fellow Sound Supervisor Brandon Jones. He will be acting as Co-Sound Supervisor with Brandon on The Shift.

Beverly Holloway

Casting Director

Casting Director Beverly Holloway has been an independent Casting Director for TV and feature film for over 20 years and is a proud member of The Casting Society of America. Throughout her career, Beverly has had the opportunity to work with some of the best actors in the industry across multiple productions, including The Chosen, I Can Only Imagine, and I Still Believe. She’s worked in many genres of film and television including drama, comedy, family/faith, action/adventure, rom-com, thriller, sci-fi, horror and animation.

Franco Sama

Executive Producer

Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking, public relations, and a decade of independent film development, production, and financing. Franco has produced an impressive array for over twenty films, most notably Guns, Girls, and Gambling starring Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman. Most recently, Sama became the newest member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization "New Filmmakers, L.A." Franco is excited to serve as an Executive Producer on The Shift.

Deeply Rooted Values

One of the core values driving The Shift is the idea that suffering has purpose, and that purpose is not supposed to be a mystery.

Writer/Director Brock Heasley was originally inspired to make The Shift after experiencing some incredible trials, like the murder of his father and when he and his wife found out one of their daughters was born with severe physical and mental handicaps. In both cases, God didn’t just show up and fix everything. Instead, He allowed the darkness to remain so that the light—which at times seemed so dim—could shine brightly when the time was right.

The Shift is about the darkness that God allows-or that we need-so that we can behold and appreciate the light. Because in the light is true joy. Darkness—the dark times, the tragedies—in a very real sense, is our way to joy.

One of our primary goals with The Shift is to reach a number of audiences, not just believers. We think an exciting movie that deals seriously with struggle and encourages people to hold onto hope is a worthy story that will welcome everyone.

Faith and Sci-Fi

The Shift is a chance to put something good into the world that is thought-provoking, entertaining, truth-affirming, and worthy of recommending to even your non-believing friends.

We’re excited to introduce this sci-fi element that sets the film apart from other films in this arena. Sci-fi is a genre with a rich history of allegory. It’s been used to attack social injustice and illustrate that--regardless of the setting--humanity is always struggling to fight temptation.

As a sci-fi film, The Shift has an appeal that we believe will open it up to all-new audiences.

With this goal of wide distribution in mind, we have already brought on board a skilled team of industry professionals with extensive experience in bringing films to market. While there is no guarantee of success, an early sales projection analysis done in concert with an international distributor indicates that, as a film designed to play just as strongly in the sci-fi genre as it does as a value-based film, The Shift has great potential in the worldwide market.

The Challenge

That The Shift is a genre-bending show that inspires doesn’t mean it won’t make money. Unlike other crowdfunding campaigns, we’re not looking for donations; we’re inviting you to partner with us by investing in the film. If the film succeeds and earns enough revenue, our investors will receive 120% return of their investment before the creators receive any of the profits, and then continue to share in any future profits, if there are any.

We know from shows like The Chosen that when inspiring stories are done right, the audience shows up. Combine that audience with the multibillion-dollar science fiction audience and The Shift has the potential to be a success in a way we’ve never seen before.

Values-focused film is a thriving, niche cinema market with great theatrical and streaming potential. To cite a recent example, I Can Only Imagine (starring Dennis Quaid) opened with over $17 million in box office receipts in its first week of release, eventually reaching a total of over $83 million (on a film with a $7 million budget). *

Our plan is to cast a wide net with The Shift. We already have a distribution deal with Angel Studios in place and have received significant interest from other distributors as well. Once completed, we’ll work to connect with mainstream distributors. Companies like Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, and Sony have track records of taking on projects in this genre, and we’re excited to see what they could do with The Shift if we enter an agreement with one of them. In conjunction with our theatrical release strategy, our deal with Angel Studios means it can be distributed in their app, which has an audience of 35 million and growing.

We believe that audiences all over—even some that would never otherwise watch this sort of film—will be excited for a movie that, at its core, is just a really great story beautifully told. By expressing interest, you’ll help create something that you can believe in, will be wildly entertaining, and will give people hope in their trials and point them towards the light.

*Success in other projects does not guarantee success in The Shift. There can be no assurance that the projected results will be obtained, and actual results may vary significantly from the projections.

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