UPDATE: The Record Keeper‘s official Facebook page has posted a statement from the General Conference Communications Director Williams Costa: The GC is “stepping back” from the series’ planned February 2014 release date; no new release date has been announced. Read the GC’s statement (Friday, January 24). See also this extended feature on The Record Keeper: the director Jason Satterlund and co-producer Garrett Caldwell discuss their motivations and the General Conference review process. Caldwell is quoted in the original post below.
ORIGINAL POST FOLLOWS:
The Record Keeper is one of the latest efforts by Adventist creatives to create, to tell a visual story, and to do so accessibly and effectively.
We hope to provide people with a fresh perspective on stories that may be familiar to some, but in a way they may never have thought of before. —Garrett Caldwell, executive producer and associate director of communication, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
The 11-part web series
- was “vetted through many [General Conference] committees and approved for production”;
- was co-written by an Adventist college professor;
- includes GC communication staff and 2 GC vice-presidents on its executive producer team;
- premiered to great reviews at a DC metro congregation in October 2013 (the linked reviews were compiled by GC staff, not the filmmakers);
- has screened very well at Andrews University in Michigan and at other universities and academies around the country; and
- has been highly anticipated by young and artistic Adventist members worldwide.
It has already won film festival awards and has been promoted by the Adventist News Network and other Adventist news sources.
After premiering in October 2013, release was then delayed until this February. I haven’t seen it yet. I want to.
But now it’s at risk of being shut down. The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists owns the rights to the series and so is free to block its distribution before it starts or edit it into a shadow of itself.
If you value the arts and support #Adventist creativity, encourage the General Conference to release this project so the youthful, visually discerning, and media savvy demographic it was designed for can see and share it with others.
Williams Costa, executive director of the General Conference communications department, is collecting letters of support for The Record Keeper. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t let The Record Keeper become another Rise of the Minions, a promising visual project from the mid 2000s that never saw daylight due to lack of support. It was written by an Oakwood graduate and its trailer voiced by Wintley Phipps. That wasn’t enough.
Spread the word about The Record Keeper by sharing this post or any of the linked articles or Facebook pages about it.
Support creatives. Share quality media. Save The Record Keeper.