By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
SANTA MONICA, Calif.– “Hellbound?” a much-anticipated feature-length documentary, is an in-depth look at today’s
highly contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of eternal punishment. Does hell really exist, and if so, what factors determine who ends up there?
According to a news release, the recent release of a teaser trailer for “Hellbound?” offers a first look at this provocative film, which will hit theaters across North America in September 2012 through a combination of major metropolitan area theatrical runs and special event screenings.
Written and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Kevin Miller (Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Sex+Money, spOILed and With God On Our Side), “Hellbound?” features interviews with an eclectic group of high-profile authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators, musicians, exorcists and individuals who claim to have experienced the fires of hell firsthand.
“Throughout history, Christians have disagreed about a lot of things,” says Miller. “During these debates, certain doctrines tend to become a litmus test to determine ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders.’ That’s certainly the case right now regarding the doctrine of hell. ‘Hellbound?’ is my attempt to get to the bottom of the current debate, to find out why it’s so contentious and to discover the implications of this dispute for both Christians and those watching from a distance.”
Miller has no illusions about the controversy this film might cause. “No matter what you believe about hell, this film is definitely going to push your buttons. But I see that as a healthy thing. Rather than just stir people up though, I hope ‘Hellbound?’ will provoke informed discussion about what we believe about hell and why. I also hope it will get people to take a second look at the impact their beliefs have on the world at large.”
Production on “Hellbound?” took place in more than two-dozen cities across the United States, Canada and Denmark throughout 2011. It was produced by Miller’s own production company, Kevin Miller XI Productions Inc.
For the hybrid theatrical release, Miller is partnering with Area23a – an event-based theatrical distribution company co-founded by Kirt Eftekhar and Richard Abramowitz.
“We are thrilled to be working with Kevin Miller on ‘Hellbound?’ and to have the opportunity to connect audiences across America with this fascinating film,” says Eftekhar. “’Hellbound?’ provides moviegoers and communities with a one-of-kind forum to get involved in the hell debate.”
Official movie website: http://hellboundthemovie.com