BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW)
Press Release for October 1, 2012
Timely Film on Islam Religion Debuts
For BoPaul Media at MIPCOM
(Virtual Press Office
) – At a time when Middle East tensions are escalating over the recent release of a film insulting to Islamists, BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) announces the debut at MIPCOM of a positive documentary entitled “Heaven” that explores Islamism as well as four other leading religions.
The 90-minute film was produced by John Scheinfeld, award-winning director/producer/writer of Lionsgate’s celebrated theatrical release “The U.S. vs. John Lennon”.
Scheinfeld’s latest creation takes viewers on a bold global exploration into diverse viewpoints -- and shared goal -- of reaching Heaven according to believers of Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
“I’m so pleased to have had the chance to make this film,” said Scheinfeld. “At a time when there is so much religious turmoil and violence, the world needs this positive message of brotherhood and tolerance.”
Exquisitely shot in exotic locations around the world, “Heaven” takes an entirely unique approach to the subject by presenting intimate portraits of remarkable individuals and groups who lead extraordinary lives in the name of Heaven.
In one segment, for example, Scheinfeld and his American crew immersed themselves with the “Whirling Dervishes,” Sufi Muslims and self-described “lovers of God,” who preach tolerance for all faiths. Their unique and captivating ritual dance, the Sema, represents a mystical journey that establishes a connection between God and man.
“Heaven” is made without agenda, judgment or from any religious point of view. Rather, audience members are challenged to witness existing concepts and lifestyles and arrive at their own conclusions as to the true nature of Heaven and how it can be incorporated into their daily lives.
From Turkey to Thailand, from Azerbaijan to India to America, this film offers a powerful and emotional look at the lives of people who, in their wisdom, courage and accomplishment, have discovered their own Heavenly truth.
“Heaven” is positive, uplifting, thought-provoking and, above all else, inspiring – the perfect antidote to the tumultuous world in which we live today. The film is also available in a 45-minute version, which was telecast on the National Geographic Channel in U.S. Both versions are produced for local customization with voice over, meaning a native language host can be seamlessly integrated.
BoPaul Media Worldwide will be located at stand 07.39 during MIPCOM 2012 in Cannes, France.
JOHN SCHEINFELD BIO
Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee and Telly Award-winner John Scheinfeld is a respected filmmaker who brings a broad spectrum of experiences and interests to pop culture, music, historical and spiritual projects for theatrical exhibition, cable and broadcast television. Scheinfeld has just signed on to direct his first feature film, Fame & Fortune
, which is also the first feature film to be made about Elvis Presley. The movie, for which Scheinfeld is also rewriting the script, is based on the 2007 best-selling book, Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business
, about the extraordinary friendship between the King of Rock and Roll and his bodyguard, Sonny West. Another recent documentary film, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)
? premiered in New York and played in theaters across the country during the fall of 2010. The film, for which Scheinfeld was nominated for a prestigious Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Documentary…and for which USA Today named him one of the Top 100 Pop Culture People of 2010…was released internationally in the Summer of 2011. He is currently directing, writing and producing a theatrical documentary, IHYD
, the first theatrical film about how one extraordinary song, “I Hope You Dance,” has transformed people’s lives. It is set for national release in 2013.
BOPAUL MEDIA WORLDWIDE (BMW)
BMW is a worldwide film and television distribution company headquartered in Encino, California. It is owned and operated by veteran distributor Paul Rich (formerly head of Metromedia Producers Corp., De Laurentiis Entertainment Group’s television division, and co-owner Trans Atlantic Entertainment). BMW has more than 1,000 titles in its catalog, including such classics as “Citizen Kane”, “Wild Geese,” the new documentary film “Heaven”, and British theatrical release “Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War”. (Website: www.bopaulmedia.com
For further information contact: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) 15760 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 960 Encino, CA 91436
Tel: 310-613-4175, Thomas Valentino (email@example.com
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