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May 29, 2018
SCREENWRITER DAN GORDON TO ADAPT THE SISTINE SECRETS
Dan Gordon, best-known for penning The Hurricane, which garnered its star Denzel Washington an Oscar-nomination, has been attached as writer and showrunner for a new docu-series for Lightcatcher Films production of The Sistine Secrets, a New York Times bestseller written by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, already published in 26 countries and translated into 16 languages. Gordon, who first made his name as head writer of the original Highway to Heaven television is currently producing East Texas Oil and in September his adaptation of Rain Man, based on the Ocaar-winning film, will open on stage in London. In addition to adapting The Sistine Secrets as a multi-part series, Gordon serve as one of the project's producers.
The Sistine Secrets reveals how Michelangelo implanted sly visual references to illustrate the prejudice, censorship, and ignorance rampant in the corrupt papacy of his day, while also displaying the artist’s embrace of Jewish knowledge that opposed the anti-universalistic stance of the Vatican of his time. Using vivid cinematography, CGI recreations and emerging imaging techniques. Author Benjamin Blech says, "The Sistine Secrets will hopefully accomplish what Michelangelo desired centuries ago—to lead the eye of the beholder to the grandest truth of all, a vision of One God whose love extends to all of humankind."
June 20 , 2018
LIGHTCATCHER FILMS JOINS DX STUDIOS
Lightcatcher Films has set up shop with the newly-formed DX Studios to develop, produce and distribute a slate of live action and animated feature films, documentaries and limited series tv shows. Jim Long, who heads up Lightcatcher Films says," We're delighted to be aligned with DX Studios and their global vision. DX Studios CEO Steven Posen says his company is poised to emerge as a new force creating innovative and meaningful hours of entertainment. DX Studios will distribute content via theatrical venues, television, VOD and OTT for a worldwide audience." DX Studios is also planning to distribute Animal Crackers, a feature-length animated film, a delightful fantasy tale voiced by Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Sir Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton and Gilbert Gottfried.
The first Lightcatcher Films project under development at DX Studios is a limited docu-series The Sistine Secrets, based on the New York Times-Best Seller written by Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner. Screenwriter Dan Gordon will adapt the book. Gordon is best-known for scripting The Hurricane (starring Denzel Washington), Wyatt Earp with Kevin Costner. The Sistine Secrets is being produced by Lightcatcher Films' Jim Long, while Dan Gordon and DX Studios' Steven Posen will serve as executive producers.
May 1, 2018
LIGHTCATCHER FILMS TO REVEAL THE SISTINE SECRETS
Jim Long, head of Lightcatcher Films will produce a new Docu-Series based on the New York Times Best-Seller The Sistine Secrets , now translated into 16 languages and published in 25 countries. According to the authors, Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner, Michelangelo’s knowledge of the ancient, sacred teachings from the Torah, as well as Kabbalah, compelled him to embed profound messages into his magnificent frescoes within the Sistine Chapel. The series will probe this monumental work to reveal Michelangelo as both a master artist as well as a secret spokesman for religious truths which have special relevance for our times.
Raves for the book
“Just as the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of a so will this book change forever the way to view and, above all, to understand the work Michelangelo!” - Enrico Bruschini, Ofﬁcicial Art Historian for the U.S. Embassy in Rome)
“This book of astounding revelations is built on careful scholarship, lucid exposition, and is, above all, compelling reading.”
- Jonathan Harr, author of the New York Time bestsellers The Lost Painting and A Civil Action
“Like the best art historians, the authors give us a fresh context for the times, never hesitating to make contemporary parallels…
This is a stimulating exploration that makes familiar masterpieces seem strange and new.” – LA Times
“Fascinating.... Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner appear to have few equals when it comes to the history and detail of the fresco.
A readable and informative piece of work.” - Manchester Evening News