SALT LAKE CITY – Purdie Distribution and producers of the highly anticipated film, WITNESSES, announced today that tickets are now on sale for the film’s opening weekend. The epic family film of the summer opens exclusively in theatres on Friday, June 4.
WITNESSES depicts the powerful true story of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon — David Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris. For nearly 200 years, their statement of what occurred, and its veracity, has been published with every copy of the Book of Mormon. And while many people know the story contained in their statement, not many know the full story of how they became witnesses.
“While many people know some of the Three Witnesses’ story, WITNESSES shares their remarkable story of faith in the face of tremendous opposition,” stated Russell Richins, the film’s producer.
To their dying days, these witnesses defended their testimonies even when faced with threatening mobs, ridicule, and betrayal by friends and family even after leaving the church they were intimately involved in creating. Filmed on location in the US and Canada and featuring a world-class cast of American and Canadian actors, WITNESSES is a dramatic recreation of how Harris, Cowdery, and Whitmer became witnesses to the gold plates from which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.
“WITNESSES is the most significant and ambitious film about the history of the Book of Mormon to ever be released on the big screen,” stated Brandon Purdie, president, and founder of Purdie Distribution. Purdie Distribution is managing the nationwide theatrical release of the ground-breaking film.
The film’s production team – Director Mark Goodman, Producer Russell Richins, and Executive Producers Daniel and Deborah Peterson from The Interpreter Foundation – partnered to bring this amazing story of early LDS and American history to the big screen. The film is just one prong of the broader Witnesses Project created by The Interpreter Foundation. The Witnesses Project includes the feature film WITNESSES, a documentary, UNDAUNTED, featuring scholars, skeptics, and experts on all the witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and a series of “snippets” or short films about the many witnesses.
For more information, visit witnessesfilm.com.
ABOUT THE FILM
For nearly 200 years, skeptics and critics have attempted to explain away what David Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris claimed—that they had seen angels and hefted golden metal plates containing ancient inscriptions. Now, for the first time, their amazing, untold true story comes to the big screen in the family film event of the year – WITNESSES. Featuring a world-class cast, WITNESSES has been hailed as the most significant and ambitious film dealing with the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the translation of the Book of Mormon ever made. Directed by Mark Goodman, the film explores how Harris, Cowdery, and Whitmer became known as the Three Witnesses and how, to their dying days, they defended their testimonies even when faced with threatening mobs, ridicule, and betrayal by friends and family.
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.