Nearly a decade ago, an unprecedented recreation of ancient Jersusalem locations from the Bible neared completion in Goshen, Utah. It was built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints primarily to film the now lauded Life of Jesus Christ Bible Video series, which resulted in over 90 short film vignettes depicting the life of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament. To date, the series has garnered millions of views.
Now, a small band of visionary artists has announced they will be among the first “outsiders” to access the Jerusalem Movie Set. For the cast and the crew of “The Chosen,” it is nothing short of a miracle. In a video posted this week, Dallas Jenkins, the creator of the mega-hit series that breathes new life into the Bible story, shared why this announcement is so significant.
“The Chosen” follows the stories of Mary Magdalene, Peter, Matthew, Nicodemus, and others as they learn of Jesus and come to gain a testimony of his divine role as the Savior of the world. The series is distributed by VidAngel and is a truly interfaith project, with Latter-day Saints, evangelical Christians, Catholics, and those of the Jewish faith coming together to help connect the world with both the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. It also holds the number one rank for donations for any entertainment crowdfunded series, bringing in approximately 11 million dollars from regular viewers to get it off the ground.
The first season consists of eight episodes and season 2 has been greenlit. The filmmakers are currently crowdfunding for season 2, which allows them to keep the series free to watch around the world. The easiest way to get free access to all episodes of “The Chosen” is by downloading the app from Google Play or the App Store. You can also watch the series as a part of your VidAngel subscription.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.