Today, I am republishing an article that appeared in Film-ink Online Magazine reference the Release of Tabernacle 101 on the 30th August
AUSSIE FILM MAKING IT BIG IN HOLLYWOOD
Filmmakers, Colm O’Murchu and Yolandi Franken just returned from Hollywood, Los Angeles, after a week-long cinema release of their film, Tabernacle 101.
While over in Los Angeles the film also released worldwide on Amazon, Amazon Prime and Google Play and the film is yet to be released on a number of other platforms including Hulu, AppleTV, Xbox and others.
DVD and Blu-ray sales are also available on Amazon, Walmart and many other American Stores.
It was a jam-packed week for these Aussie filmmakers who spent their week in meetings, interviews and attended multiple screenings of their film. Audiences were delighted to see an international, independent film, screening alongside the John Travolta film, The Fanatic in the same cinema. They also enjoyed meeting the filmmakers after the screening and sharing their views.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the audience numbers and reactions,” says co-producer Yolandi Franken.
They are happy with the positive feedback on the film and the very good IMDB rating it currently has of 8.2 and 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is interesting to read all the reviews and to see the different perspectives people have on the genre but also on the idea of the afterlife.
Tabernacle 101, although completely fictional with no intention of spreading any messages, opened the door for debate among viewers arguing about the possibility of there being life after death. It seemed that even though the filmmakers focused purely on creating an entertaining story, it turned into something much more, leaving viewers (commenters) with questions and points for debate.
With a large number of viewers in the first week of release, this Aussie film is surely making waves.
“I would absolutely watch it. … It’s an impressive effort for a low-budget Sci-Fi project, and I implore anyone who enjoys cable TV shows about supernatural stuff to check this out because it definitely fits right in with your viewing preferences.” Lorry Kikta – Film Thread
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who organise the Oscars in Los Angeles have now also requested the screenplay so they can keep it for the permanent Core Collection.
The filmmakers are planning a special screening for locals of the Blue Mountains, to thank them for their ongoing support both during filming and beyond.
Tabernacle 101 is a film about an atheist who sets out to disprove the afterlife. He runs a blog called “skeptics-bust.com“. With the help of his scientist girlfriend they manage to successfully perform an experiment in which he dies via lethal injection. After one hour of death, he is resurrected and can now reveal what happens when you die.
But he was wrong, there is indeed life after death and through his experiment, Frank opens a portal to satanic forces. It is now up to him to fix the problem and restore earth to its original state. He seeks the help of his arch-enemy, Meredith Palin, one of Australia’s most famous witches. Together they fight to destroy the satanic forces. Can they succeed?