In this film, the modern adaptation of the story revolves around Boaz's company, B&B Manufacturing, in which Ruth applies for a secretarial position. The conflict arises when Boaz hires her immediately, despite not having any positions available. This leads to the utter frustration of his employees. In a frantic haste, they create a fake secretarial position, using the only available room, a filing closet, as her office.
Fifteen months later, I had completed the script and was ready to begin filming. I presented the idea to my home church, Rush Community Church of the Nazarene, and the board was in full support of the project. In essence, the movie would be a new ministry at Rush, with plans to write a full devotional study, allowing the whole church to study the book of Ruth after the film was finished.
We based this concept after the well known movies, Facing The Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, and War Room… all of which created by Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. The Kendrick brothers have always done a fantastic job at using films to touch the lives and hearts of many. With their philosophy in mind, I wanted to involve the whole church in our ministry. We created four different areas in which the members of Rush could help us, actor, crew, supporter, and prayer warrior.
Our need for actor’s extended far beyond the main roles of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Our entire congregation was involved in certain scenes, such as church services and many other crowd oriented scenes. We also had many people at various places of business that were willing to fill small roles. It took the cooperation of many local businesses and their willing employees to make this film possible.
Our crew had many various duties, ranging from camera operation, audio and microphones, makeup, costume design, and the continual creative direction from myself and others. Many of the crew members were unfamiliar with the equipment. This film provided a learning opportunity, as well as a chance to try new things some had never had the chance of doing prior.
Supporters are very essential to the filming and creative process. We have so many wonderful individuals who were willing to provide services and allow us to use their businesses. We are grateful for the many locations we had the opportunity to film, and for the people we worked with. I am still in shock of the willingness of many businesses to give of their time and recourses to help us complete this film.
But perhaps most importantly, we have prayer warriors, those who were willing to devote countless hours to prayer and meditation. I know many have been praying for this film since the day I presented the project to the church. To those of you who have been praying, thank you. I encourage those reading this to continue to pray for the film and the lives that it can touch. I fully realize that prayer is the foundation of Project Ruth.
After the initial announcement to our congregation, we received immense support and many inquiries towards the project. People would approach me, asking if there was any way they could help or assist. After we received a budget from the church board, we began filming in June of last year. We finished the filming of our final scene on February 11th, 2017.
The filming process was an amazing opportunity for outreach. And it never failed… every filming location, people passed by and asked what exactly we were doing. This opened the door for myself and others to tell the good news just one more time. Not only was this a chance for us to extend God’s love to others, but at the same time, it was an opportunity for the cast and crew to grow spiritually. At the beginning of each shoot, I would start with a devotion. Usually, I would tie in the scene that we were filming and explain how it connected with that section of the Bible story. I would then apply it to the New Testament and ultimately what we can “glean” from it. (Pun intended).
God continues to move in mighty ways. I am excited to see where it will go. Please feel free to contact me via the information below if you have any questions.
In HIS Service,
The journey began three years ago when I started throwing around the idea of making a modern biblical film. Myself, along with Samuel and Gabriel Brewer (my partners in crime) thought of potential bible stories that could be made into a modern adaptation. We considered the Pentecost, Samson and Delilah, and of course Ruth. This is the story that I couldn't stop thinking about. I began to research the book of Ruth in depth by reading commentaries and scholarly journals. Then, I considered how to take this story and make it take place during the twenty-first century. One struggle I've faced is that much of the book takes place in an agricultural setting. When one tends to think of the book of Ruth, they think of Ruth gleaning Boaz's fields, and the two characters eventually falling in love. The book of Ruth is a love story, a very important one at that, because the relationship contributes to Jesus's lineage.