Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2004 -
Â Hosted by former Entertainment Tonight host Julie Moran, the independently funded production ÂChanged Lives: Miracles of The Passion" premieres as a 1-hour television special on PAX this Sunday, May 23 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT); 9:00 p.m. (CT/MT). Executive producer Jody Eldred has already received rave reviews in the media on shows like ABCÂs ÂGood Morning America, Â MSNBCÂs ÂScarborough Country,Â ÂInside Edition,Â TBNÂs ÂPraise the Lord,Â and ÂHour of PowerÂ with Dr. Robert Schuller, Jr., for his inspirational program that tells the true stories of people whose lives have been miraculously changed after seeing Mel GibsonÂs blockbuster motion picture ÂThe Passion of The Christ.Â
In their own words, the people interviewed for this uplifting documentary produced by Jody Eldred Productions give moving accounts of lives saved from the brink of death, relationships restored, diseases healed, spiritual awakenings to God, and even a confession to murder. Each credits having seen the film ÂThe Passion of The ChristÂ for their miraculous experience.
One Colorado couple interviewed for the special almost lost their 11-month-old infant Kenna Beth when she drowned in a bathtub. ÂThe moment I touched her, I knew she was gone. I knew she was not in her body,Â says the babyÂs father, Michael Branch. But incredibly, despite going nearly ten minutes without oxygen, Kenna Beth is alive and perfectly healthy today. According to her parents, this remarkable turn of events was a direct result of them both envisioning the scene in the film where Jesus is flogged, and praying the Bible verse ÂBy His stripes we are healed,Â during the incident.
Executive producer Jody EldredÂs perseverance to complete this production, which was shot in high definition, is a testimony to one man's passion against all the odds to stay faithful to a vision. ÂWhen I saw ÂThe Passion,Â I knew instantly that peopleÂs lives were going to be radically changed by it,Â says Eldred. ÂThere was no question in my mind that these stories, these miracles, needed to be shared with the public.Â
Eldred quickly found that the only way to make that happen was to pay for it himself, however, so he took out a home equity loan in order to purchase a high definition camera package with which to shoot show. Creating compelling and uplifting television is nothing new for Eldred, who has spent the last thirty years behind the camera, with recent credits including ABC News coverage on location in Kuwait during the Iraq War. But even with all his experience, Eldred readily admits, ÂThis is the most challenging project IÂve ever undertaken.Â Eldred found himself wearing multiple hats as director, writer, director of photography, cameraman, and team cheerleader in addition to his overall responsibilities as executive producer.
Eldred took advantage of night-vision technology used by journalists in the Iraq War, showing never-before-seen footage of peopleÂs faces while they watch the intense and graphic film ÂThe Passion of The Christ.Â The images people as they react to the flogging scene in particular, are extremely moving and unforgettable.
ÂChanged Lives: Miracles of The PassionÂ has been successfully airing on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) since its network premier over Easter weekend. The reception to the program on TBN and in the media thus far is a sure indication that PAX viewers nationwide can count on being encouraged and uplifted by the programÂs profound messages of hope and redemption.
Eldred assembled a dedicated production team for ÂChanged Lives: Miracles of The Passion,Â including Emmy Award-winning senior producer Martha Cotton (producer credits include ÂNBC Nightly NewsÂ and ÂABC NewsÂ segments, and ÂTrue Stories From Touched By An AngelÂ), segment producer Larry Reid (seasoned commercial producer whose director credits include PBSÂs Â30 Good Minutes,Â and producer credits include ÂDamascus RoadsÂ), and coordinating producer Karen Covell (producer credits include ÂHeadliners & Legends With Matt Lauer,Â ÂBoys Town: AmericaÂs Throwaway ChildrenÂ). Eldred enlisted Telly and Omni award-winning composer Bryan E. Miller (ÂTravel The Road,Â ÂThe Nicky Cruz StoryÂ) and James Covell (ÂLeft Behind,Â ÂAmerican Detective,Â ÂUS MarshalsÂ) to compose an original score and music.
For more information about ÂChanged Lives: Miracles of The Passion,Â including synopses of stories, noted personalities interviewed, and producer bios, please see http://www.MiraclesOfThePassion.com. Streaming video of executive producer Jody EldredÂs press interviews and appearances are available on the website under ÂIn the Media.Â
About Jody Eldred
Executive Producer Jody Eldred is a 30-year award-winning veteran of the television and film industry with an expansive slate of major network and film credits and awards to his name including a DirectorÂs Guild of America (DGA) nomination for ÂBest Director of a Documentary,Â 1st Place Excellence in Journalism: Society of Professional Journalists/ Sigma Delta Chi, Best Videography: AP and UPI, Best Feature Story in America: UPI. For more information on Jody Eldred, please see his bio at http://www.MiraclesOfThePassion.com/jodybio.htm
Jody Eldred Productions is not affiliated with Mel Gibson or Icon Productions.