Stop with the Crowd Funding of Shroud of Turin Movies and Such

imageI mentioned this on December 12, last year: Press Release: Planned Film About Apostle Thaddeus. Now Stephanie Buckner is reporting about it in The Cleveland Advocate. That is Cleveland, Texas:

Local pastor Stephen Missick of Kings of Saints Tabernacle in Cleveland is gearing up to work with actor Lorenzo Lamas, best known to many for his 1980’s film work, as well as starring in the television series “The Renegade.”

The pair will be working together on an upcoming film project, which will depict Lamas in the role of the Apostle Thaddeus in a biblical epic. The film project, currently being made under the working title “The Acts of the Apostle Thaddeus,” is being produced by Walker Cable Productions and will be filmed in an area near San Antonio.

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“The film will dramatize the triumph, trials and tribulations of the early church,” said Missick. “The film also tells the story of the mysterious ‘Image of Edessa,’ a cloth that bore the image of Christ that many researchers believe to be the Shroud of Turin.”

Missick has developed a Kickstarter campaign to help with the funding of the project. If the necessary funds are raised, the movie is set to begin filming in mid-March.

How is the Kickstarter campaign going?  According to the site this morning, 14 backers have pledged $4,617.00 of an $80,000 goal and there are five days remaining. 

See 1) Crowdfund my meth lab, yo and 2) The Shroud Affair Crowd Funding Campaign: A Guest Posting by David Rolfe.

Also see:  3) Tinfoil Hat Warning: Chance to Experiment with Resurrection, 4) Speaking of Crowd Funding Shroud of Turin Projects: Should We Laugh or Cry? and 5)John C. Iannone Seeks Funding for a new shroud film

And then there is:  6) Crowdfunding to be Used for 2015 Exposition

In many cases money gets paid and it just evaporates. 

Shroud Expo Fundraising Campaign for Catholic Charities

Check it out at IndieGoGo. You can get a cool T shirt like the one in the YouTube, above, for only $25.00.

What We Need & What You Get

The Shroud of Turin Expo is seeking to raise funds for the Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Texas. The goal is to raise awareness of all the good that the Charities do for the community and the much needed funds. The Expo will be in San Antonio starting November 2014 and willgive back to the local community by helping to raise these funds.

Donors will be able to help the local community and receive fantastic perks such as Anytime tickets to the Expo at bargain prices, Shroud of Turin images or many other unique pieces. A portion of the proceeds from all these perks will be donated to the Catholic Charities in San Antonio in November to help with their charity needs for the Christmas season.

Crowdfunding to be Used for 2015 Exposition

imageThe Google translation leaves something to be desired. Even so, you can get the idea. Marco Bonatti, the Director of Communications Shroud Exposition 2015 tells us:

A network of small and large partners to support all projects of the exposition; and multiple modes of financing, including the involvement of citizens through the "crowdfounding."

and there is this:

Projects – Regarding the crowdfounding will be activated in the coming months platforms needed to start collections around specific projects that will be identified or who can report to the Committee. The proposed contribution will all be received and considered by the Organising Committee, which will use a ‘grid’ of ethical criteria that help to assess the compatibility of the proposals with the objectives and style of the exposition.

Companies and individuals who are interested in collaborating in the preparation of the exposition can take right now a first contact by sending an e-mail message to this address: comitato@sindone.org .

Crowdfunding has been discussed in relationship to the shroud and even tried in one instance by David Rolfe. See Crowdfund my meth lab, yo and The Shroud Affair Crowd Funding Campaign: A Guest Posting by David Rolfe.

Maybe it will work well.

The Shroud Affair Crowd Funding Campaign: A Guest Posting by David Rolfe

“I am hoping that Shroudies everywhere will rally round . . .”

imageBy David Rolfe

In my view the recent campaign was a minor miracle and a major success! Over $5k in as many weeks. I had gone to a seminar on finance for films and someone gave a talk on this new phenomenon of crowd funding. Could it possibly work for me? I have been struggling for a while with my script. Frankly, while, in my humble opinion, it is already better than most of the films that reach our screens, it is not yet good enough to do the job I want it to do. Entertain, of course, but also be true to its subject and leave the audience wanting more of it. I am only going to get one shot at this. It’s taken a long time already and my own meagre resources nearly expired. So, this campaign has been both a psychological and practical shot in the arm and I have learned a great deal from it.

The main thing I have learned is that I don’t think I really need a site like Indiegogo to do it. They are a great platform and make the process of submission relatively easy. But, over 95% of the contributors came from the good efforts of Barrie Schwortz and his announcement, the readers of this blog and my own database – hardly anything from the casual browsing traffic on Indiegogo.

imageFor a continuing project like the development of The Shroud Affair, the setting of a deadline and target for a specific period is fairly arbitrary. When I was launching the campaign some films with celebrities attached were raising millions and Zombie movies or spinoffs from whacky video games were raising sums in six figures. Where to pitch the most amazing mystery in the world? I plucked $25k from the air. It will take a lot more than that to get the project up to a pitch where Hollywood must take notice but it seemed a reasonable place to start in that company.

So, with what I have learned, I have developed the proposition in a number of ways. First, I have decided to cut out the middleman and set up my own site for the purpose which is hereby launched. www.shroudaffair-movie.com. This already saves the 10% in fees and processing via Indiegogo.

I have structured it so that any funds received under the heading of crowd funding will be set-aside into a pot that will be treated equally with other investments when it comes to the distribution of any profits. This means that not only will contributions get the whole thing off the ground but, if successful, create a fund for further Shroud research. If it achieves its most critical objective, it will help usher in the next scientific round of tests and, like The Silent Witness did for STURP, this film may be able to provide some funds towards it.

This brings me to another decision. The Silent Witness was made possible because (The Late) Fr. Peter Rinaldi of the Holy Shroud Guild of America responded very positively to my request for help back in 1976 when I went to visit him in New York when everyone here in London and TV distributors in the US had turned my proposal down. He trusted me enough to put his influence behind me and it was not long before the project was fully funded. His reward was that he could use the share of the profits that accrued to the Guild to prime the STURP expedition. The Shroud Affair is now dedicated to his memory and I believe that nothing in this world – or the next – would please him more for it to succeed in its objectives.

The exercise also forced me further into the realms of social media including the previously opaque (to me) world of Twitter. It may well be that the answer to getting a bigger audience for this (and the whole subject) may come from this powerful force. If anyone out there already is a member of the Twitterati and would like to assist they would be very welcome. Failing that, this project is going to be dependent largely on those of us already hooked. How many of us are there? Barrie has over 3,000 on his list. Dan’s annual hit rate is huge – well into the upper six figures I believe. I’m not sure how that translates into Shroudies, however.

If I am going to succeed I am going to have to get a much larger proportion of this cohort to trust me to bring this subject much higher up the agenda. What can I say? Our rarefied field sometimes seems full of factions fighting for their particular perspective. And that’s fine. That’s how we slowly get to a truth. At least it would be if there was any prospect of real answers and there will not be while the Vatican remains seemingly indifferent to calls for another chance for science.

One of the reasons my task of scriptwriting has been difficult has been the imperative for the result to be entirely neutral as far as any of our controversies are concerned. All options in the story, including a medieval fake, must remain open at the end with only the Shroud’s unique nature and powerful subjective qualities being asserted. I am reminded here of Father Peter. Some months after the C14 was announced and long before its shortcomings were properly understood I asked him how he felt about it. He replied in that distinctive tremulous voice: “I believe the Shroud is a miracle. Why shouldn’t it be a medieval miracle?” My script even allows for this.

So, going forward, and with this assurance from me, I am hoping that Shroudies everywhere will rally round and if not able to support the project themselves do whatever they can to publicise it. Self-appointed though I am, I am doing everything I can to make it something we can all be proud of.

David Rolfe 27th. September 2013.

Too Bad

Time ran out on the crowdfunding campaign with just 21% of the funding goal of $25,000 raised. Sixty-three people participated.

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Five Days Remain in the Shroud Affair Crowdfunding Campaign

 

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Come on the journey from David W Rolfe on Vimeo.

I say let all of us help David help us all

The following is a guest posting by David Rolfe,
a regular participant on this blog.

imageThe page on which Dan posted news of the endorsement for my Crowd Funding campaign from Dr. Rowan Williams has sparked a debate that has now just under a hundred contributions. The ignition for this was Dr. William’s reference to being impressed with Ian Wilson’s Edessa Image theory. This has run in parallel with a guest posting from Yannick that uses a recently rediscovered paper by Ray Rogers to spark 42 comments on the question of the nature and cause of the image.  With respect to all the contributors, (among which I have to include myself), I suggest that any objective and disinterested observer of these pages would conclude that the whole exercise risks going round in ever decreasing circles and, if one was being harsh, risks becoming a fatuous exercise. This is not because, for the most part, the minds being exercised are particularly deficient. It is because the available information about which so much is argued is so stale and limited. We all know that is because the Shroud – for all serious purposes of study – has been removed from the world.  It might just as well have been consumed in the fire of 1997 as far as its study and scholarship is concerned.

imageYes, we have some more widely available images available in an app but I have seen no great revelations come from these yet.  At this rate, we all, along with the likes of Dr. Zugibe [pictured to the right with Al Alder in a tee shirt], Kim Deisbach [pictured below] and many other great Shroud scholars gone before, will have to wait to get to the other side to find out anything more of substance.  As anyone who has read my posts here and elsewhere over the last few years will know my preoccupation has been with trying to create some momentum to encourage the powers that be to reopen the Shroud to science. So far,to no avail.  Meanwhile, the Shroud lies useless not just to its own scholarship, but to that part of the world’s population that might have most to learn from it if it does, indeed, have something more meaningful to tell us.

imageAmong the reasons cited by Bruno Barberis for the Vatican being reluctant to proceed further with another scientific examination is, believe it or not, the question of money. Hard to imagine, I know, that an organisation as wealthy as the Vatican and its dedicated Knights and other prestigious orders, cannot find the necessary cash to undertake this task. But such things are expensive and whatever must be done must be done without any risk from undue sponsorship or anything else that might allow its conclusions to risk being compromised. Perhaps Crowd Funding might one day be the answer.

That brings me to my own current crowd funding campaign which is just entering its final two weeks. To date, it has raised just under 20% its target of $25k. I am told it is not unusual for the bulk of funds to materialise in the final stages. I must hope this is the case. So far, with some notable exceptions, the reaction from our Shroud community has been disappointing. Are they holding back until now or simply turning their back? This post, by way of its comments, may well allow me to find out. I am proud to have got the endorsement of many but not least, Bruno Barberis, himself.  Getting the backing of a former Archbishop also gave me some grounds for optimism. 

The secret of crowd funding is revealed in the name. It is about many giving a little. $10 is all it takes to, at least, show some moral support and, collectively, a great deal more. I have been very disappointed that so few "shroudies" have felt able to. So, I ask them here. Please tell me through your comments to this why you think such a donation is not worth the potential upside?  Or alternatively, suggest a better way of bringing about a new climate for the Shroud and its study.

Click on the image below to participate

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As Released on Christian News Wire: Former Archbishop of Canterbury Endorses ‘The Shroud Affair’

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MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 3, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Dr. Rowan Williams, friend and confidant of Pope Benedict XVI, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, comes out in favor of a new movie project on the Shroud of Turin designed to bring it back into the academic domain.

The project is: The Shroud Affair, and can be viewed here: www.indiegogo.com….

Dr. Rowan Williams said: "David Rolfe’s original film The Silent Witness and its associated publicity made a big impact back in the 70’s and I find the evidence based on the development of iconography developed by Ian Wilson that links the Shroud with the Edessa image and expounded in that film persuasive. At the same time, a close look at the single C14 test performed in 1988 seems to leave some loose ends. This might be easier to put aside if anyone had been able to come up with an explanation for the image which, so far, has not been forthcoming. So, I welcome David Rolfe’s initiative and share with him the hope that at some point a properly structured scientific examination might try again to address the Shroud’s secrets. In any event, it would be pleasing to find a way for cinema-goers to become acquainted with a story that, thanks to that single C14 test, is fast becoming forgotten."

David Rolfe said: "For a long time the few trying to reconcile the conflict between the mass of data that supports the genuine antiquity of the Shroud and the single, suspect C14 test that has overshadowed it have felt as if we have been crying in the wilderness. To have Dr. Williams’ public endorsement and practical support for The Shroud Affair campaign and what it represents is a significant step forward. When will other academics have the courage to revisit this subject? If the image was purported to be a pharaoh or any another character from ancient history, academia would not rest until it had fathomed the nature of the image. As it is, the Shroud’s image remains a total mystery. What are they afraid of?
"The former heads of both the Anglican and Catholic Church have now both made a significant gesture in refocusing scientific attention on the Shroud. Dr. Williams by the endorsement above and ex Pope Benedict making an unscheduled worldwide TV transmission of the Shroud his valedictory act."

More info here: www.shroudaffair-movie.com/press/press.html

Contact: David Rolfe, +44 (0)7831 335577

Significant Endorsement: Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury backs The Shroud Affair

clip_image001If you had looked three days ago, you might have noticed the name of a new contributor to David Rolfe’s Shroud Affair Crowd Funding Campaign: The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr. Rowan Williams, who until just this past March was the Archbishop of Canterbury (+Rowan Cantuar), the senior bishop of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the Anglican Communion, the primus inter pares (first among equals) of all Anglican primates worldwide. A friend and confidant of Pope Benedict XVI, known widely as a brilliant theologian and a man of towering intellect (Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Literature and the Learned Society of Wales), he is today Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

In the early hours of the morning, today, the following press release appeared on the web.

Press Release ( PDF Version)
August 31st 12:00 am GMT


Former Archbishop of Canterbury backs The Shroud Affair

Dr. Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and former Archbishop of Canterbury, comes out in favour of a new project focussed on the Shroud of Turin designed to bring it back into the academic domain.

The project is: The Shroud Affair, currently the subject of an Indiegogo Crowd Funding campaign that can be viewed here. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-shroud-affair

imageDr. Rowan Williams (left) said: "David Rolfe’s original film The Silent Witness and its associated publicity made a big impact back in the 70’s and I find the evidence based on the development of iconography developed by Ian Wilson that links the Shroud with the Edessa image and expounded in that film persuasive.  At the same time, a close look at the single C14 test performed in 1988 seems to leave some loose ends.  This might be easier to put aside if anyone had been able to come up with an explanation for the image which, so far, has not been forthcoming.  So, I welcome David Rolfe’s initiative and share with him the hope that at some point a properly structured scientific examination might try again to address the Shroud’s secrets. In any event, it would be pleasing to find a way for cinema-goers to become acquainted with a story that, thanks to that single C14 test, is fast becoming forgotten."

clip_image001David Rolfe (right) said: "For a long time the few trying to reconcile the conflict between the mass of data that supports the genuine antiquity of the Shroud and the single, suspect C14 test that has overshadowed it have felt as if we have been crying in the wilderness. To have Dr. Williams’ public endorsement and practical support for The Shroud Affair campaign and what it represents is a significant step forward.  When will other academics have the courage to revisit this subject? If the image was purported to be a pharaoh or any another character from ancient history, academia would not rest until it had fathomed the nature of the image. As it is, the Shroud ‘s image remains a total mystery. What are they afraid of?”

The former heads of both the Anglican and Catholic Church have now both now made a significant gesture in refocussing scientific attention on the Shroud. Dr. Williams by the endorsement above and ex Pope Benedict making an unscheduled worldwide TV transmission of the Shroud his valedictory act.


Download PDF Here.

Links in the first paragraph are all to Wikipedia articles. Picture of Dr. Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI accompanied the press release and is from Getty Images.

So who is funding The Shroud Affair so far?

imageDavid Rolfe writes:

Here’s an update for you from the The Shroud Affair’ team . . . Roll of Honor now live. Thank you all very much.

If you are of a mind to do so, go ahead, add your name or add an anonymous contribution.

Watch 3 Shroud of Turin Films Online Free

imageDavid Rolfe writes:

For the remainder of the campaign all three of my Shroud films can be viewed for free here:

[PERFORMACE FILMS PREVIEW]

Please circulate as far and wide as you can.  There are links to the campaign on the page and at the end of each film.

Have a good weekend and thank you.

David

(Above letter reformatted by me for the blog.)

As of this posting, you have 38 days left to watch these three excellent films and you have 38 days left to contribute.

So how big is crowdfunding? In an email release, Indigogo, the firm David chose, justifiably brags:

Indiegogo has now broken the world record for hosting the biggest crowdfunding campaign of all time! Thank you to everyone for making this happen, and for making history.

Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge has over $10,267,352 pledged from more than 22,053 contributions from people in 63 countries. To find out more about the campaign, check out our infographic below:

The Ubuntu Edge is a planned smart phone targeting the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

Update on The Shroud Affair Crowdfunding Campaign

Link: http://vimeo.com/72378836

If Spike Lee can do it so can David Rolfe

Talk about crowdfunding movies.
if the video doesn’t load up here (CNN is tricky) then

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Raising Money

clip_image001A reader writes:

You might want to pass along this link to your readers who are interested in supporting David Rolfe’s latest movie making venture. I thought Silent Witness was the most important documentary ever made about the Shroud. I’m sure this new mofie will equal that success.

The link is for an article, God & I: David Rolfe by by Mario Conte, OFM Conv. that appeared in the April 2009 issue of the Messenger of Saint Anthony. This caught me attention: 

Did you have a hard time raising the funds necessary to produce the documentary on the mysterious veil?

There were two main problems. First, the concept of an independent producer in those days was a very new one. All the TV channels were monopolistic, ether run by the State or licensed by the State, so independent films had very limited budgets.

The second reason was that no one was interested in the subject of Christian relics.
In the meantime I had put some research together. The paper that was sent to me originally was by a historian called Ian Wilson. He had studied at Oxford, and had been intrigued by the way that the Shroud image bore very specific details found in the emerging images of Christ from the 6th century. These observations led him to link the Shroud with a mysterious cloth known as the Mandylion (image made without hands) that had come to light in the city of Edessa (now Urfa) in Southern Turkey. This cloth had a tradition that took it right back to the time of Christ.

Having resolved to try and make this film on the Shroud I still had to earn a living in the meantime and feed my family. I was making a film for a corporate client in Saudi Arabia, and got stuck in an airport for 8 hours with some Americans. There were four of us, and in order to pass the time they wanted to play bridge. I never played bridge before so they gave me a crash course; we rolled away the time and I got to know one American, called Forrest, very well. He was based in Texas, and I told him I was working on the Shroud, and that it was linked to Anatolia. About 3 months later he sent me a clipping from theHuston Post, about the work of the Swiss criminologist Max Frei, who had taken some samples from the cloth, and concluded that some of the pollens in it came from southern Turkey. So here was a strong correlation between historical theory and forensic evidence.

So the first thing I did was to introduce Ian Wilson to Max Frei, and I accompanied them on a research trip to Urfa in Anatolia, but I still had no success in raising the money for the film.

More on The Shroud Affair

imageBarrie Schwortz writes to members of Shroud of Turin Website Mailing List:

Just a short note to let you know that the next major update to Shroud.com will go online on August 31, 2013 and will be another big one. However, one item has come up that could not wait until the end of the month.

Our good friend David Rolfe, BAFTA award winning British filmmaker, Shroud scholar and director of the first ever Shroud documentary, 1977’s The Silent Witness, has created a new feature film project called The Shroud Affair. To get the project started, David is using the innovative new fundraising technique called "crowd funding." With the script completed and the project ready for development, David launched an online crowd funding campaign today to raise the funds necessary to go the next level. You can find out more information about the film, view a trailer and make a contribution to the project on the Indiegogo website at this link: The Shroud Affair.

David has included a number of items from our Website Store as gifts for those who make contributions to his project, so STERA, Inc. will also benefit from the campaign. We’ll include more details in our August 31st update but wanted to get the word to you today. And don’t forget to visit the Private Subscribers Page for exclusive offers not available to the general public. See you on August 31st!

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Here is a crowdfunding campaign we should be able to support

clip_image001A new, upcoming Shroud of Turin film from David Rolfe. Writes David on a project web page:

I do not claim to know exactly what the Turin Shroud is but I am as sure as anyone can be that it is not a medieval fake. Through the documentaries I have made I have come to know a lot about it and the sense of injustice – on behalf of the Man on the Shroud – that this has engendered is what has brought me here.  Excluding the suspect C14 test done nearly 25 years ago, any rational assessment of the evidence will conclude that the man depicted is the crucified Jesus of Nazareth and the blood on it is his. But the presence of that blood, now that science can detect and do so much with it, may have been the reason the Vatican effectively sabotaged the C14 test and has subsequently denied all further scientific investigation.

Do take the time to explore the Crowdfunding Campaign at Indiegogo  I found it very informative.

Some Details:

  • Film Title:  The Shroud Affair
  • Producer:  David Rolfe
  • Genre:  Religious Fiction
  • Endorsement: Professor Bruno Barberis*
  • Link to the Crowdfunding Campaign at Indiegogo
  • Goal of the Campaign: $25,000.00
  • Participant Levels: $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000 or $7500

I’m not asking you to participate. I will.

*Photo: Professor Bruno Barberis, director of the International Center of Sindonology in Turin and director of the Shroud Museum of left with David Rolfe on right.