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[Watch] Faithwire Exclusive: Creators behind 'The Chosen' Drop the First Official Trailer for Their Upcoming Series about Life of Jesus

Tré Goins-Phillips : Mar 15, 2019 :

"We believe this show, with the time we take and the connection we give to the characters, we can allow the audience to see Jesus through the eyes of those who actually met Him." -Dallas Jenkins

[] It was the overnight sensation that took a few years to get off the ground. (Image credit: The Chosen/Facebook/via Faithwire)

All of this started when Dallas Jenkins, the brains behind VidAngel's "The Chosen," created a short film for his church's Christmas Eve service. It was a personal passion project he had no intention—at least not at that time—of scaling into a multi-season drama with a record-breaking budget.

Unbeknownst to him, an up-and-coming streaming service, VidAngel, caught wind of Jenkins' film. Impressed by his work, they reached out to Jenkins, offering a partnership but explaining funding for the show would need to be crowdsourced.

"I got really excited, and then they said, 'We think we can do it through crowdfunding,' and I got really depressed," the filmmaker recalled during an interview with Faithwire, confident it just wouldn't work.

But then it worked. Through crowdfunding alone, Jenkins was able to raise more than $10 million from roughly 16,000 people around the world... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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