The 2018 £2m movie, “The Trump Prophesy” where President Trump is portrayed as being sent by God to be a champion for the religious rights’ causes, was a collaboration between CEO Rick Eldridge of ReelWorks Studios and the film school at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian institution in Lynchburg. More than 50 students and nine members of faculty were involved in the production.
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On January 26, 2018, Josh Moody of NewsAdvance.com penned the following report, LU feature film to highlight author of ‘Trump Prophesies’
“A Liberty University School of Cinematic Arts feature film is set to tell the story of Mark Taylor, a man who claims God spoke to him in 2011 to declare that Donald Trump would one day be elected president. An online petition is already pushing back against the project.”
“On Friday, LU spokesperson Len Stevens confirmed the film, titled “Commander (the Trump Prophesy) ,” is set for an October release in 1,200 theaters nationally. Initial photography for the film begins in mid-March.”
“Taylor, a retired Florida firefighter, claims God spoke to him in 2011 as he watched Trump on TV.”
“I heard the Lord say, ‘you’re hearing the voice of a president,’” Taylor told Charisma News.
“The petition launched Wednesday night; titled “ Cancel the Liberty University Film Program’s Heretical Film Project,” it had more than 500 signatures on change.org as of Friday afternoon.”
“This movie could reflect very poorly on all Liberty students and Liberty University as a whole. Mark Taylor claims to have received prophecies directly from God that do not align with the Bible’s message. Please support this petition if you think Liberty University should focus on reflecting God’s message rather than Mark Taylor’s message,” reads part of the post on change.org.”
“Liberty student Tucker Clement, a senior fashion design major from Alabama, is one of the 500-plus who have signed the online petition so far, commenting that the film “does not reflect well on the Liberty University students as a whole much less what the cinema department is doing.”
“Clement described the film as a “Trump propaganda piece.”
“Taylor often posts his writings to his personal website, sharing prophecies he says he’s received.”
“They will say things about this man (the enemy), but it will not affect him, and they shall say it rolls off of him like the duck, for as the feathers of a duck protect it, so shall my feathers protect this next president,” Taylor wrote in a 2015 post titled “Commander in Chief.”
“In July Taylor released a book he co-authored with Mary Colbert titled, “ The Trump Prophecies: The Astonishing True Story of the Man Who Saw Tomorrow… and What He Says Is Coming Next.”
“Amazon.com lists the book as a best seller in its “Church & State Religious Studies” category.”
“In a January Charisma News interview with Steve Strang, Taylor claimed God told him Trump will appoint a total of five Supreme Court justices, Roe v. Wade will be overturned, former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush will die, Barack Obama will be charged with treason and sent to prison, Bill Clinton will be jailed, and George W. Bush will nearly be imprisoned.”
“Taylor also claimed the U.S. and Israel will become energy independent and the largest fossil fuel exporters in the world as oil wells dry up in member nations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.”
“The change.org petition takes issue with Taylor’s prophesies as outlined in the post.”
“Some Cinematic Arts students have expressed that they are disheartened by being forced to be apart [sic] of promoting a man that they don’t agree with. They were originally told that they would be doing very different projects and were only told about this new film project at the beginning of the spring semester,” the author of the petition, identified only as “Liberty Student,” wrote.
“According to an emailed statement from Stephan Schultze, LU’s executive director of the cinematic arts program, 60 students will be involved in the making of the film. Despite claims made in the petition, LU officials said students will not be forced to take part in the production.”
“Liberty University’s School of Cinematic Arts is collaborating with a prominent filmmaker on a movie based on the book Trump Prophecy . While the university sees this as an excellent opportunity for real world experience for its film students, students’ participation in this film is voluntary. No student is being forced to work on this film. Those who choose not to have already been told they can work on other projects with no impact to their grades or their progress toward graduation,” Liberty stated in a news release.”
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