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.”