33 HOPE, a Florida-based, multimedia production company, announced that filming will soon begin on its new feature film 33, The Story of Hope. The film will be based upon the book of the same name, which was published by Sound Enterprises, Inc., and founded by famed actor Jim Caviezel of The Passion of the Christ.
The book was inspired by a personal experience between a father and son. It happened on Good Friday when 33 Hope’s founding partner Kirk Berendes and his children had just finished watching “The Passion of the Christ.” Once the movie ended one of Kirk’s young sons curiously asked, “What happened next Daddy?” Kirk paused, because he didn’t know the answer, but from that point on was determined to find it.
The book tells the amazing story of Saul of Tarsus, initially one of the fiercest enemies of Jesus of Nazareth and the emerging Christian church who, on the road to Damascus with orders to arrest Christians for prosecution, received a spiritual healing and converted to Christianity. Adopting the new name Paul, he became one of the most fervent missionaries of the early Christian movement and ultimately authored a significant portion of the New Testament, writing so eloquently in the Book of Corinthians of the power of Love.
The feature film is slated to be shot at world famous Cinecitta Studios in Rome. Writing has commenced on the second book in a trilogy, 64, The Story of Faith, about the Apostle Paul in Rome with Peter during the reign of the infamous Emperor Nero. A campaign to fund the writing of the second book was recently launched on the popular Internet funding platform Kickstarter, offering incentives related to the first film and the books.
33 HOPE’s Chairman Kirk Berendes said,
“33 HOPE was formed to be a force in bringing an awareness of the positive values and message of Christianity to a new generation, with emphasis on unity, inclusion, and working together. We see ourselves as story tellers, and we want to provide a new and positive range of family entertainment with core values of hope and promise for a better life and future.”
The 33 Hope trilogy will finish with a third book and film 95, The Story of Love, based upon the writing by John of the Biblical Book of Revelation, one of the most engaging and fascinating writings of the New Testament. For more information, visit 33hope.com. 33 HOPE is a Florida-based, multimedia production company with global outreach. 33, The Story of Hope was published by a marketing and brand development agreement with Sound Enterprises, Inc.