HELLBOUND? – NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES MODERN DEBATE OVER THE DOCTRINE OF HELL
OPENING IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES IN SEPTEMBER AND EXPANDING TO TEN ADDITIONAL MARKETS INCLUDING CHICAGO, DALLAS AND SEATTLE
Hellbound?, a much-anticipated feature-length documentary that provides an in-depth look at today’s highly contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of eternal punishment, is set to hit theaters across North America in September 2012 through a combination of major metropolitan area theatrical runs and special event screenings.
Written and directed by award-winning screenwriter Kevin Miller, the film also marks Miller’s directorial debut. His previous credits include the documentaries Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, with Ben Stein; Sex+Money, spOILed, With God On Our Side and several other projects.
Hellbound? features interviews with an eclectic group of authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators, musicians, exorcists and other high profile participants in the debate.
“Throughout history, Christians have disagreed about a lot of things,” says Miller. “During these debates, certain doctrines tend to become a litmus test to determine ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders.’ That’s certainly the case right now regarding the doctrine of hell. Hellbound? is my attempt to get to the bottom of the current debate, to find out why it’s so contentious and to discover the implications of this dispute for both Christians and those watching from a distance.”
Miller has no illusions about the controversy this film might cause. “No matter what you believe about hell, this film is definitely going to push your buttons. But I see that as a healthy thing. Rather than just stir people up though, I hope Hellbound? will provoke informed discussion about what we believe about hell and why. I also hope it will get people to take a second look at the impact their beliefs have on the world at large.”
Production on Hellbound? took place in more than two-dozen cities across the United States, Canada and Denmark throughout 2011. It was produced by Miller’s own production company, Kevin Miller XI Productions Inc.
For the hybrid theatrical release, Miller is partnering with Area23a—an event-based theatrical distribution company co-founded by Kirt Eftekhar and Richard Abramowitz. “We are thrilled to be working with Kevin Miller on Hellbound? and to have the opportunity to connect audiences across America with this fascinating film,” says Eftekhar. “Hellbound? provides moviegoers and communities with a one-of-kind forum to get involved in the hell debate, in the context of a cinema event/forum.”
Official site: http://hellboundthemovie.com
ABOUT AREA23A – Area23a is a bi-coastal, independently owned, event-based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialist Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, nightclubs, casinos, libraries, museums, and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters and festivals. Area23a has distributed numerous award-winning films, including, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman’s Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Gerry Wurzburg’s Wretches & Jabberers, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paparazzo and most recently Chris Paine’s Revenge of the Electric Car.
ABOUT KEVIN MILLER XI PRODUCTIONS INC. – Launched in early 2011, Kevin Miller XI Productions Inc. is an independent film production company based in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. It was founded by Kevin Miller, whose previous work includes writing credits on Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, with Ben Stein; Sex+Money, spOILed and With God On Our Side, among other films. The company is currently developing numerous documentaries, feature films and television projects.