Screening @ Independent Film Festival Boston

God Willing is screening at Independent Film Festival Boston this weekend.

General Admission is $10.00

Premium Admission is $20.00

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Vangie featured on Huffington Post

Check out Vangie’s HuffPo blog: What I Learned About Cults While Making God Willing

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Now available on DVD

God Willing is now available on DVD through Amazon.com!!!

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Check Out Vangie’s State of Belief Podcast Interview

Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief discusses religious cults in America with filmmaker Evangeline Griego, on her new documentary “God Willing” and the influence of religious cults in America.

Listen to the interview here.

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Check It Out – Vangie Blogs for Beyond the Box

Filmmaker Vangie Griego explains why her documentary God Willing was destined for Public Television.

 

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God Willing Premieres – PBS Rollout Begins Today

Today marks the beginning of the PBS rollout, as local PBS affiliates begin to air God Willing.

Over the next few months, various PBS affiliates will be airing God Willing.

Be sure to check your local listings to see when God Willing is airing in your area.

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Interfaith Voices Interview – Inside the Brethren Cult

Daniel, my nephew, and I did our first radio interview together for the Interfaith Voices radio program which will broadcast throughout 76 stations in the US through March 31st.  The interview went really well the interviewer asked insightful questions and was not trying to be sensational angle but rather respectful, it felt good for the film to be interpreted as intended.

The one moment that was both hard and a bit light was when they asked me to read the letter that Daniel left us when he joined.  I always get choked up when I read that letter, even after more than 10 years!  So i was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to do it without tearing up, I got through it ok and at the end Daniel let out a laugh, he said the letter sounded crazy, like it was written by somebody who ran off with a cult.

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Bible Cults: the vanity of using Jesus as a hook

An essay by Joe Szimhart for your consideration taken from – http://www.jszimhart.com/home (2/28/2011)

"Abba": 3 Marys - oil - 40x30 Szimhart 2011

Cults and religious movements, especially new ones, often go bad when gurus and their devotees devalue and eliminate valid moderating influences. Emerging churches often go bad when vain pastors use the Bible as a hook to attract recruits under their special influence.[1]

The value of moderating influences cannot be overestimated when a pastor or church leader makes extraordinary claims about himself and his mission to motivate a deployable congregation. Studies in religious movements have shown again and again what Robert J. Lifton noted in his 1961 “study of “brainwashing in China” (Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism):

“In discussing tendencies toward individual totalism within my subjects, I made it clear that these were a matter of degree, and that some potential for this form of all-or-nothing alignment exists within everyone. Similarly, any ideology—that is, any set of emotionally charged convictions about man and his relationship to the natural or supernatural world—may be carried by its adherents in a totalist direction. But this is most likely to occur with ideologies which are most sweeping in their content and most ambitious—or messianic—in their claims, whether religious, political or scientific. And where totalism exists, a religion, a political movement, or even a scientific organization becomes little more than an exclusive cult.” (p 419)[2]

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Hello world!

It’s ABOUT TIME!!!  the website is finally up!!  This past week has been a rush of events, we’ve brought in a publicist! We’re preparing to go to the San Diego Latino Film Festival on March 19th at noon, our station relations specialist confirmed, yesterday, that we’ve secured 39% of the US PBS market and there has been a tremendous response by the programmers.  A review of the film will be posted on Amazon.com next week ,and today I joined Twitter!!  Thank you to all the folks who have been visiting the Face Book page, we need more fans!!!  So please keep checking in with us we will begin uploading people’s questions, stories and comments.  THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE THIS TEN YEAR JOURNEY A REALITY!!!

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