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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 faith in God in the midst of great trial.
  2. The market for faith-based drama is stronger than ever, and the biggest box office hits of all time are mostly sci-fi films. By telling a Sunday-approved story via a popular genre (like C.S. Lewis did), we hope to create a Christian story 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 Christian film that doesn't preach, condescend, or fall apart halfway through.
  4. A team of talented professionals (who also believe in God, which we find crucial when making a story about God) 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 production company that brought you The Chosen, to bring to the world this feature film full of Christian values that even non-believers will want to watch. Between us, Angel Studios, and your support, we'll show Hollywood that a well-executed Christian allegory has real power at the box office.
"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
Lead Singer/Songwriter, Jars of Clay and Composer, The Chosen and The Shift
Another Opportunity

Our previous offers to invest in THE SHIFT were incredibly successful, especially towards the end. We also heard from so many people who missed out that we are now guaging interest in another round of crowdfunding.

We know you understand how cringey Christian movies are when they’re made by Hollywood. We also know you’re aware that most indie Christian films don't focus enough on solid storytelling and have all the production value of a church play. THE SHIFT is the game-changer audiences have been waiting for: a blockbuster-quality film made by fully believing creators.

With THE SHIFT, we have the chance to reach those who regularly watch faith-based cinema, those who shy away from it, and even those who don’t believe at all.

By pledging your support 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
Composer, The Chosen and The Shift

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. 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 believing despite all his hardship.

This is the film the world needs right now. Our Job—Kevin—will face off with the devil in a way that exposes his tricks and his lies 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?

"Watchmen everywhere need to know how to discern the enemy in these last days. [Writer/Director Brock Heasley's] portrayal of Satan is biblical, solid, and gives him the solidity he should have without the accolades he's getting in the rest of the media. Godspeed fellow watchman!"
Joe Kerr
Co-host, A View From the Wall on CSN
"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?

Hollywood may get a lot of things wrong (especially about faith), but what it gets really right is presenting dramatic stories with strong themes and high production values.

Inspired by films like Inception, Interstellar, and Gattaca, THE SHIFT explores its 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 roll, leaving them imagining the "what ifs" and thinking about their own lives and experiences in a different light.

In the feature film, Kevin will leave the diner having rejected Satan's offer and seen clear evidence of God's love for him. He finds himself in a dystopian world under the thumb of tyranny and, like Job in the Bible, seemingly abandoned by God. With Satan's promise to never leave him alone, ever, still lingering in his mind, we'll see Kevin 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 faith-based film like this.

The Shift short film was made for just $500, and yet it still looks THAT good. Imagine what we could do with a proper budget. We may not have Hollywood money, but 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 toward God.

"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."
Allyssa 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.
"The Shift means to us that in a modern-day world every problem still exists that they had in biblical times; temptation is always around. The Shift will help inspire Christians and non-Christians alike to choose what is right in their hearts to be right in their lives. It’s a beautiful film."
Barry and Chaplain Cindy Baker
The Team

Brock Heasley

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 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!

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.

Kyle Gentz

Kyle Gentz is a director of photography, director, colorist, editor, and producer with extensive experience in film and television. As Director of Photography, he has helmed more than 500 commercial video projects, including national ads with millions of views. Gentz has had his work shown at the Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Netflix, and through worldwide theatrical distribution (The Gallows). His most recent feature film was produced by Blumhouse Productions and Tremendum Pictures, and then sold to Lionsgate. He served as Director of Photography for The Shift short film, and will return for the feature. He is a family man, an amateur carpenter, and an avid ATV enthusiast.

Brandon Jones

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 Masters 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

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, the upcoming 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.

Franco Sama

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. It’s only looking back that it’s obvious God was never absent, He was always there, helping and sustaining.

We can’t have a true appreciation for light until we have seen darkness. THE SHIFT is about the darkness that God allows so that we can behold His light, and how within that light is true joy. Darkness—the dark times, the tragedies—in a very real sense, is our way to joy.

Christ saw darkness when tempted in the wilderness, and taught us the way through it when he said “Get thee hence, Satan.” (Matthew 4:1-11) God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee.” (Jeremiah 1:5) He knows each of us, and, because His ways are higher than our ways, He knows the hard things we need to turn our hearts towards Him.

One of our primary goals with THE SHIFT is to help people think deeply about how God interacts with this world, and encourage them in their trials to hold onto hope and faith.

Faith and Sci-Fi

“Faith-based” doesn’t have to mean low quality, cheesy, or cheap. THE SHIFT is a chance to put something good into the world that is thought-provoking, entertaining, faith-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 faith-based films. 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 both a sci-fi and a faith-based film, THE SHIFT has a crossover appeal that we believe will open it up to all new audiences and serve as a powerful witnessing tool.

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 faith-based film, The Shift has great potential in the worldwide market.

The Challenge

A genre-bending show that inspires you with Christian values 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 your 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 faith-based media is done right, the audience shows up. Combine that audience with the multi-billion dollar science fiction audience and THE SHIFT has the potential to be a success in a way we’ve never seen before.

Faith-based films are 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.*

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 friendly to faith-based films. Companies like Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have a track record of taking on projects with Christian overtones, 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 a faith 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 God.

*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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