In an unprecedented Kickstarter campaign, Wanderlust Productions and filmmaker Darren Wilson were able not only to secure all of the funds needed to create their next film, Holy Ghost, but were successful in fully funding a tour experience and additional marketing opportunities.
Filming is set to begin in July.
Over the 45-day campaign, 2,356 backers signed on to Kickstarter to donate funds, raising $357,655, or 178 percent of the goal. This locks the film in current Kickstarter history, making Holy Ghost the No. 1 funded Christian film and the No. 11 funded film to date on the crowdsourcing site.
"I am utterly blown away by the success of this campaign and the overwhelming support from our fans around the world,” exclaims Wilson.
This is all on the heels of the film’s predecessor, Father of Lights, being available in stores for the first time, beginning Aug. 27, through Capital Christian Distribution.
Holy Ghost is a film that will capture the power, mystery and character of the Holy Spirit through amazing God-encounters in all corners around the world. Easily Wilson’s most challenging adventure to date, Holy Ghost hopes to illustrate one man’s journey to gain a better understanding of both the power and mystery of this part of God.
Unique to this campaign, the filmmakers offered a shared experience, the chance for supporters to take a look into the behind-the-scenes making of the film, encouraging supporters to help determine the questions asked, what is filmed and the literal piecing together of the stories told.
Like the earlier Wanderlust Production films, a wide cast of voices and opinions will be explored in Holy Ghost, including confirmed interviews with Bill Johnson, Todd White, Randy Clark, Michael W. Smith, R.T. Kendall, William P. Young, Kris Vallotton, Will Hart, Jamie Galloway, Robby Dawkins, Jake Hamilton, Jeremy Riddle, Banning Leibscher and Jesus Culture, Shawn Bolz, Lee Grady, DeVon Franklin, Kobus Van Rensburg, Heidi Baker and more.
Now with the additional raised funds, a tour experience has been secured. In select cities around the globe, supporters can view the film in an event setting. These funds can also help secure new technologies and streaming options to allow more people to experience this story exposing and lauding this often-misunderstood part of the Trinity.
“Obviously, our films have struck a chord with audiences who are tired of lifeless, judgmental Christianity and instead want a God who seeks relationship, love and friendship with His people,” Wilson says. “My goal with this film is to further stir the faith of millions, as well as poke at some places that maybe need some poking. This subject [the Holy Spirit] is highly contested and debated among Christians, and this film will by no means try to be the end all, be all of that discussion. I just hope it stirs things up enough to get people aware not only of what they believe, but also why they believe it."