Despite many theaters facing shut downs due to new Covid laws, the new and independent faith-based film HEAVEN, was released in selected theaters throughout the US today.
Based on the book HEAVEN; THE ADVENTURE BEGINS by author Alan Duprey and adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Angus Benfield, HEAVEN the movie tells the story of Jonathan Stone, a middle-aged paramedic who struggles to find meaning in the midst of his everyday life, until he wakes up one day in HEAVEN and discovers that his life had more meaning than he could ever have imagined. Set between Heaven and Earth, HEAVEN follows the life and afterlife of Jonathan Stone and the lives of those around him from his past, present and future."
Reviews have been coming in with the public generally loving the indie film.
Jeryn H. from Dove.org called it - “a touching and personal journey through the life of one man, and beyond.” “Creative direction and beautiful storytelling are the highlight of Heaven.” “Mr. Benfield, who also wrote and starred in the film, executes a masterful grasp of narrative, creating a visually interesting and emotionally compelling account of Jonathan’s journey.” “The use of flashbacks as a storytelling device in filmmaking can sometimes get old, but Benfield’s brilliant concept of telling the story backward and forward is quite dazzling.” “the general overall feeling of the film is transcendent and gripping.”
pluggedin.com reviewed that – “Jonathan Stone is a quiet, everyman protagonist many viewers will relate to,” “at the center of this story is a man whose character also feels refreshingly three-dimensional in his quiet, mundane struggles, he meanders between heartfelt faith and deep doubt…and in each of those very human struggles, Jonathan Stone is someone I can relate to.” “Viewers looking for a humble story that encourages their faith amid life’s inevitable struggles may find it here.” And World magazine shared that - “The new film Heaven offers a positive message of hope for people broken by sin and sorrow.”
With many other viewers "recommending" and sharing how "grateful" they are for the film being such a "blessing," This small indie faith-based film looks like it has a big future.