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

September 3, 2013 Comments off

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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

August 31, 2013 166 comments

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?

August 23, 2013 Comments off
Categories: Crowdfunding

Watch 3 Shroud of Turin Films Online Free

August 17, 2013 Comments off

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

August 15, 2013 Comments off
Categories: Crowdfunding, Video

If Spike Lee can do it so can David Rolfe

August 10, 2013 Comments off

Raising Money

August 10, 2013 Comments off

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.

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