Jesus Film Project

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Jesus Film Project
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Formation 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Founder Bill Bright
Purpose Translation
Products Jesus film

The JESUS Film Project is an evangelical organization created in 1981 by Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright to distribute the 1979 film, Jesus, not only in English, but also in many of the world's languages with the stated goal of reaching "every nation, tribe, people and tongue, helping them see and hear the story of Jesus in a language they can understand." The JESUS Film Project is also a member of the Forum of Bible Agencies International.


Bright wanted to bring a biblically accurate depiction of the life, ministry, and death of Jesus to the big screen, and in 1978, filming began in the Middle East with British Shakespearean actor Brian Deacon in the role of Jesus.

When the original American theatrical run of Jesus ended in 1979, Bright asked Paul Eshleman, who was involved in the production, to head the organization. Eshleman remained in the position until 2004, when Jim Green was named as the organization's executive director.[1]

Magdalena: Released from Shame[edit]

In 2007 the project released the movie Magdalena: Released from Shame, which utilized footage from the project's 1979 film Jesus.[2] The movie told the story of Jesus as seen through the eyes of four different women, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, the Samaritan woman at the well, and Elizabeth.[3] Critical reception for the movie was positive and the film is heavily utilized in missionary work.[4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The JESUS Film Project Newsroom - Press Kit
  2. ^ Arends, Carolyn. "JESUS for Women". Christianity Today. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Riley, Jennifer. "Jesus Film Project Releases Mary Magdalena Version in U.S.". Christian Post. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Jesus Film Setting Captives Free in Ethiopia". Charisma News. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Arends, Carolyn. "A Feminine Jesus". Christianity Today. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Magdalena: Through Her Eyes (review)". The Dove Foundation. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 

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