When was the last time you climbed into your favorite chair and lost yourself for a few hours in the pages of a good book? The 21st century version of that reverie looks more like a Saturday afternoon curled up on the couch binge-watching the latest drama series. Either way, it’s the stories that draw us in. You may have noticed a new story getting a lot of attention lately. It’s called The Chosen, only it’s not new and you won’t find it in bookstores or streaming on Netflix. Instead, like most things in 2022, you’ll need an app!
In 2019, writer and producer Dallas Jenkins set out to create a multi-season series about Jesus that is realistic, relatable, reliable and relevant to a modern audience. He broke form with traditional film distribution methods and brought the series to market via an app developed by Angel Studios. He also opted to fund this endeavor not with Hollywood dollars but through small donations from a large number of like-mined individuals eager to develop quality faith-based programming. Today, the show’s popularity has skyrocketed. It is the #1 crowdfunded media project of all time and existing episodes have been viewed upwards of 395 million times. What makes this show so special?
I spent some time talking about The Chosen phenomenon with a few folks, including one of the biblical consultants for the show, a few fans and a seasoned media/entertainment professional. I invite you to find a favorite corner where you can spend a few minutes reading my story at The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture about The Greatest Story Ever [Re]Told. Then, like any good story, I encourage you to pass it on!