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Finding Noah Editor Jonathan Shaw, Bob Crittenden radio host of "The Meeting House" on Faith Broadcasting and Finding Noah Director Brent Baum after their interview from the convention floor at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville - February 26 2015.

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Finding Noah Director Brent Baum and Editor Jonathan Shaw being interviewed by Ted Randall on Bible Worldwide Radio at the National Religious Broadcasting Convention in Nashville Tennessee - February 24 2014

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For over 2000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Ararat, in what is now Eastern Turkey.  Agri Dagh or “The Painful Mountain” is the tallest mountain in this region and happens to lie in the very center of a geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rock falls, hidden crevasses, glacial ice falls and even terrorism, the mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation. That is…until now.

Join director/producer Brent Baum and producer Matthew Marsden as they follow a group of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat’s desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question: did Noah and his Ark actually exist?

Shot in never-before filmed locations and in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  But Finding Noah is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.  These brave pioneers will have to push beyond myth, beyond science and beyond faith in order to succeed.  They will experience pain, redemption and renewal on the journey that is Finding Noah.

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With 17K ASL’s docu-venture Finding Noah near completion, producers Brent Baum and Matthew Marsden knew they had one final task. “We had to get feedback from our Ark Search Team before locking the film,” explained Director Baum. “This is their journey, their message, and for the film to be real we needed to stay true to that in every regard.”

So it was off to Dallas for a crucial late December screening for the search team, family and friends. “We knew it wasn’t the best time of year, being close to the holidays, and thought we would be lucky if we got anyone to come,” said Marsden. “The response we got was just the opposite.” Dallas’s Angelika Film Center had to add three additional screens for the overflow audience!

Finding Noah chronicles the journey of "men of faith" to the violent edge of Eastern Turkey to summit Mount Ararat in search of evidence of Noah’s Ark. “We went to Turkey to simply shoot an adventure film about these Ark Searchers. However, when together, you share the experience of climbing to 17,000 feet and living at altitude on top of a glacier for eight weeks, a different bond forms between filmmaker and subject,” said Baum. “Experiencing their determination, drive and belief under these extraordinarily harsh circumstances was what we knew we had to capture. The Dallas screening was an opportunity to share what we think is an extraordinary adventure of faith while checking in with the team to see if we had done our job well,” added Baum.

You are going to expect a fairly positive reaction when a portion of the audience is family and friends, but from the closing ovation(s) through the end of the simulcast Q&A there was an overwhelming sincerity of response from the whole audience. “All of us involved with the Ark Search were amazed with the film,” said Archaeologist/Biblical Scholar, Randall Price. He added, “Archaeology is a look-to-find proposition and besides being an amazingly informative update to the state of current Ark search, the film captures the sincerity of that commitment to keep searching.” Price’s prophetic line from the film “If we don’t go we won’t know” was in bold display on the Finding Noah T-shirts worn by the event support team that efficiently handled the overflow crowd.

After the screening, the extended Finding Noah family gathered at the Hotel Palomar in Dallas to celebrate the event.  “There was genuine love in the room with all of the cast and their family members coming together. The response was overwhelmingly positive,” said Jonathan Shaw, Editor of Finding Noah. Shaw added, “we got some incredible feedback that we were able to incorporate into the now finished film.”

“This film is a series of journeys,” said Baum, “the journey to Eastern Turkey, the journey to the top of the mountain, the journey through the weaving of this story, and now the journey of getting the message of this film out to the world. It is the collective journey of archeologists, mountaineers, scientists, Kurdish guides and filmmakers supporting each other in the search for clues to one of the greatest stories of the Bible that is… Finding Noah.”

 

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