“THE DIVINE PLAN: REAGAN, JOHN PAUL II AND THE END OF THE COLD WAR”
In U.S. Cinemas Nationwide for One Night Only Event on November 6
New Feature-length Documentary Delves Into the Parallel Lives and Remarkable Partnership Between President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II
Denver, CO – September 6, 2019 - Launching in theaters with a one-night-only Fathom Event on November 6, THE DIVINE PLAN shares the captivating parallels between the lives of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. In a partnership that changed the world, the film poses the question: Was the pontiff and the politician’s work overthrowing communism the result of inexorable political and economic forces, or could if have been part of what Reagan called “the divine plan?”
Tickets for THE DIVINE PLAN can be purchased beginning today, September 6, at www.FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices.
Fathom Events and Nexus Media will present THE DIVINE PLAN in nearly
700 select movie theaters on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. local time. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website or thedivineplanmovie.com. (Theaters and participants are subject to change.)
Also included in this special one-night-only event is an exclusive in-depth Q&A with filmmaker Robert Orlando and author Paul Kengor, filmed at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. This exclusive footage will only be available to be viewed during the theatrical screening on November 6.
Created by visionary director Robert Orlando (APOSTLE PAUL: A Polite Bribe, SILENCE PATTON: First Victim of the Cold War), the feature-length documentary unveils both the religious and political history that shaped the passions of these two world leaders. By probing deep into the shadows of the Cold War, Orlando and those interviewed expose events that support a vivid and uncommon mission during this fragile chapter of human history.
THE DIVINE PLAN blurs the lines of conventional documentary filmmaking as the scenes play out through a combination of interviews with historians and experts, audio and video archives, and illustrations that blend graphic novel illustrations with cold war era Soviet propaganda.
“We live in a superhero world, and even our historical figures require captivating graphic arts to hold the audience’s interest,” explains Orlando. “Reagan and JPII were mythical figures because they stood for values that transcended their lifetimes. And their battle was with a clear nemesis, the Soviet Union, a struggle that has not gone away, but gone cyber!”
Reagan and John Paul II’s relationship and extraordinary bond has often been described as being directed by a higher power. The striking similarities in their lives cannot be downplayed. The two grew up on separate continents, but from their struggles in childhood to their early careers in the arts, from a youthful passion for their faith in God to influencing the world at large, their stories seem uncannily linked. This extends to 1981, when their stories became permanently entwined. The Pope and the President were both shot by would-be assassins a mere six weeks apart. After recovering from their near fatal injuries, these two leaders of unmatched influence confided in each other in a shared belief that God spared their lives to be the catalysts to defeat communism and end the cold war.
THE DIVINE PLAN features interviews with some of the greatest minds on the topics of the Cold War, Catholic History, and Presidential Politics, including: Dr. Paul Kengor, Political Science Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College, as well as the author of “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century”; CNN’s presidential historian Douglas Brinkley; Reagan’s National Security Advisor Richard V. Allen; National Review Editor John O’Sullivan; Craig Shirley, who has written four best-sellers on the life of Ronald Reagan; Stephen Kotkin, Princeton Professor and author of multiple books on global history and Soviet-Eurasian history; Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of 2 books (MORE than 2) on the life of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel; Bishop Robert Barron, (WORD ON FIRE STUDIOS) the host of the PBS film series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and Washington Post Columnist Anne Applebaum; Monika Jablonska, author of “Wind from Heaven: John Paul II, the Poet Who Became Pope”; Dr. Marek Jan Chadakiewicz, Professor of History and The Kociuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics; Dr. H.W Brands, Professor and Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at University of Texas at Austin; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.
Kengor shares, “Robert Orlando has assembled a remarkable chorus of leading historians, biographers, theologians, and eyewitnesses who give voice to this extraordinary relationship between these two men. It seems a truly providential relationship that, as both men would attest, was part of a Divine Plan. This is a fascinating and beautifully crafted film. Whether you lived trough this period or not, you will be captivated.”
“Fathom is honored to partner with Nexus Media to present this event surrounding a pivotal time in history,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “Audiences will get an intimate look into President Reagan and Pope John Paul II’s bond through their struggles as leaders.”
For artwork/photos related to THE DIVINE PLAN, visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal Cinemas, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 1,010 locations and 1,628 screens in 182 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
About Nexus Media
Nexus Media is a versatile and experienced media consulting firm with a portfolio of clients in the fields of Arts & Entertainment, Health and Life Sciences, and Finance. They partner with agencies, or directly with client organizations to create specialized and engaging commercials, promotional videos, web design and graphics. We have the ability to handle all aspects of media creation including script analysis, hiring talent, video editing, on and off camera interviews, motion graphics, and animation. With 20+ years of experience, Nexus has specialized in understanding how media can creatively advance marketing and business goals. We combine diverse creative experience with real world business to support agency and client staff toward media creation that is high impact. http://nexusmediasite.com/
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