PAX Premiers TV Special About “Miracles of The Passion” For May Sweeps

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Using night-vision technology used in the Iraq War, this TV special shows never-before-seen footage of people’s faces while they watch the moving film “The Passion of The Christ.” Hosted by former E.T. host Julie Moran, the documentary “Changed Lives: Miracles of The Passion" premieres this Sunday, May 23rd on PAX as a 1-hour television special. With rave reviews from the media, this inspirational program tells the true stories of people whose lives have been miraculously changed after seeing Mel Gibson’s groundbreaking film “The Passion of The Christ.” Executive producer Jody Eldred’s perseverance to complete this production, which he independently funded, is a testimony to one man's passion against all the odds to stay faithful to a vision.

— Hosted by former Entertainment Tonight host Julie Moran, the independently funded production “Changed 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 ABC’s “Good Morning America, ” MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country,” “Inside Edition,” TBN’s “Praise the Lord,” and “Hour of Power” 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 Gibson’s blockbuster motion picture “The Passion of The Christ.”

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 “The Passion of The Christ” 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. “The moment I touched her, I knew she was gone. I knew she was not in her body,” says the baby’s 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 “By His stripes we are healed,” during the incident.

Executive producer Jody Eldred’s 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. “When I saw “The Passion,” I knew instantly that people’s lives were going to be radically changed by it,” says Eldred. “There was no question in my mind that these stories, these miracles, needed to be shared with the public.”

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, “This is the most challenging project I’ve ever undertaken.” 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 people’s faces while they watch the intense and graphic film “The Passion of The Christ.” The images people as they react to the flogging scene in particular, are extremely moving and unforgettable.

“Changed Lives: Miracles of The Passion” 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 program’s profound messages of hope and redemption.

Eldred assembled a dedicated production team for “Changed Lives: Miracles of The Passion,” including Emmy Award-winning senior producer Martha Cotton (producer credits include “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC News” segments, and “True Stories From Touched By An Angel”), segment producer Larry Reid (seasoned commercial producer whose director credits include PBS’s “30 Good Minutes,” and producer credits include “Damascus Roads”), and coordinating producer Karen Covell (producer credits include “Headliners & Legends With Matt Lauer,” “Boys Town: America’s Throwaway Children”). Eldred enlisted Telly and Omni award-winning composer Bryan E. Miller (“Travel The Road,” “The Nicky Cruz Story”) and James Covell (“Left Behind,” “American Detective,” “US Marshals”) to compose an original score and music.

For more information about “Changed Lives: Miracles of The Passion,” including synopses of stories, noted personalities interviewed, and producer bios, please see http://www.MiraclesOfThePassion.com. Streaming video of executive producer Jody Eldred’s press interviews and appearances are available on the website under “In the Media.”

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 Director’s Guild of America (DGA) nomination for “Best Director of a Documentary,” 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.

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