FACE TO FACE
A NEW DOCUMENTARY BY ROBERT ORLANDO
IN THEATERS SUMMER 2023
THE CRIME OF THE MILLENIA
The Shroud is the world’s most studied artifact, in 150 years it has not been accurately reproduced.
The Shroud of Turin was searched on Google 11 million times in 2021
The story of The Shroud has never been told in a “faithful & engaging” narrative
The Shroud film will bring on a known Hollywood actor to raise the level of awareness for the film
Using existing media relationships, the film has the opportunity to reach an audience of 220 million
This is the most important moment in history, even splitting our calendar into before and after. More than any superhero, romantic comedy, crime or sci-fi tale, this is the story that is at the core of people’s hearts and minds.”
ABOUT THE FILM
Robert Orlando claims that when we look through the lens of the Roman crucifixion, to find the “criminal Jesus”, we are coming face to face with the most transformative true crime story of Western history.
In a fresh approach, this documentary utilizes a New Testament and storyteller’s eye to examine the evidence behind the world’s most studied artifact and its connection to the historical Jesus. With new digital recreations, expert interviews, and the latest technology, the creators have reconstructed the actual crime scene surrounding Jesus’ crucifixion and present a mind- blowing fusion of faith and science for the first time.
Can the evidence behind the Shroud of Turin truly prove the story of Christ? From the bloodstain evidence we know the linen burial shroud did cover a man who suffered a brutal crucifixion, but we can also see details that go beyond a typical Roman form of execution to wounds particular to those suffered by Jesus as recorded in the gospel stories. The blood stained shroud indicates his crown of thorns, wounded side, the whip marks, and the presence of ferritin which proves extreme torment. This is actual blood with traces of hemoglobin, AB+ blood type, and a partial genetic profile, not artistic chemicals or dyes or paint. The film will also take you on a quest where you will see new scientific evidence being brought to light on radiological imagery. The evidence points to its authenticity not only as a burial shroud, but potentially the actual shroud of Jesus.
With the help of scientists and experts, Writer-Scholar-Filmmaker Orlando will reconstruct the narrative using forensic evidence to uncover whether the image on the Shroud could be the actual Jesus.
The church has yet to claim the Shroud’s authenticity, but many popes have venerated it in its home at the Cathedral of Turin. Many skeptics continue to challenge its authenticity, but as Pope John Paul II said, “The Shroud requires every person to grasp its profound message humbly to his reason and life.” In that, the Shroud might “mirror the Gospel.” Orlando agrees that “in our expanding digital age connecting the gospel story with the scientific evidence will spark a renaissance of interest in the origins of the Christian story and its profound impact on World History.”
"The Shroud is a challenge to our intelligence. It first of all requires of every person, particularly the researcher, that he humbly grasp the profound message it sends to his reason and his life. The mysterious fascination of the Shroud forces questions to be raised about the sacred Linen and the historical life of Jesus.
For the believer, what counts above all is that the Shroud is a mirror of the Gospel. In fact, if we reflect on the sacred Linen, we cannot escape the idea that the image it presents has such a profound relationship with what the Gospels tell of Jesus' passion and death, that every sensitive person feels inwardly touched and moved at beholding it."
— POPE JOHN PAUL II
ABOUT ROBERT ORLANDO
Robert Orlando's films have been shown worldwide and have included screenings at the White House and the Vatican. He founded Nexus Media, a cutting-edge agency offering Fortune 100 companies innovative messaging. As an author, he provides insight into ancient and modern history in books and films. His latest documentaries include Silence Patton and The Divine Plan: Reagan, John Paul II, and the Cold War's Dramatic End, which was #1 at the box office. His books include Amazon Bestseller, The Tragedy of Patton, and The Divine Plan. He's written screenplays and articles on a wide range of topics for HuffPost, Patheos, Newsmax, and Daily Caller and has been a guest on TV shows with Eric Metaxas and Mike Huckabee and CBN, and makes special appearances at colleges and universities. He is currently finishing his graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he presently resides.
ABOUT JASON PEARSON
Jason Pearson has worked on marketing and creative for 61 films since first joining the team in 2004 for The Passion of the Christ. He has worked on 5 of the top 10 successful faith based films at the box office. His projects have included; Narnia, The Shack, Ben-Hur, Son of God, The Polar Express, Rocky, Star Wars and Unplanned.
Pearson is the founder of two technology companies (Blender Magazine and Online Giving/Starwire) both successfully acquired. Pearson's creative work is featured in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewit Museum in NYC and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. His oil paintings are currently on display in Qatar as part of the Royal Al-Thani Family Collection.
"When we look through the lens of science at the Shroud to find the truth about Jesus, we are coming face to face with the most profound story of western history: A crucified and shamed man gives his life to change all humanity. How, in a brutal world, weakness, vulnerability, and sacrifice for others could revitalize the human spirit. To face Jesus in the exposed Shroud -- the bloodstains and whippings -- we see the picture proof of how one man's suffering transformed the world. The power of the Shroud reveals the core historical event that has defined us as a people in the life and death of Christ."
-- Writer-Director Robert Orlando
POTENTIAL CAST OF EXPERTS
AUGUST ACCETTA M.D.
Founder of the Shroud Center of Southern California (SCSC). Over the past 20 years, Dr. Accetta’s collaborative work and personal relationships with many of the world’s key Shroud researchers has enabled SCSC to assemble an unparalleled advisory board that includes the top internationally recognized Shroud experts.
Mark is an attorney and author who has studied all aspects of the Shroud of Turin for 37 years. He wrote The Resurrection of the Shroud, the most comprehensive book ever written on the Shroud until his landmark book, Test the Shroud, was completed in 2015.
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Bishop Robert Barron is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is one of the most followed Catholics in the world on social media, prompting Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.”
Founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project (STEP) and the Shroud Encounter Exhibit, which has been displayed at West Point, Penn State and Duke Universities. Featured in Shroud documentaries including The Holy Winding Sheet and The Real Face of Jesus on The History Channel.
DR. GARY HABERMAS
Gary Robert Habermas is an American historian and New Testament scholar who frequently writes and lectures on the resurrection of Jesus. He has specialized in cataloging and communicating trends among scholars in the field of historical Jesus and New Testament studies.
FR. ROBERT SPITZER, S.J. PHD
President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. Former President of Gonzaga University, author and frequent speaker on the Shroud.
Founder of Collegamento pro Sindone, a Shroud periodical founded in 1986, coordinator of the World Congress “Sindone 2000,” and author of one of the most recent books on the Shroud, Light from the Sepulchre, 2017.
DR. CHERYL WHITE
Cheryl H. White, PhD, is an associate professor of history at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. She has authored numerous academic works, including a recent biography of Confederate General and Episcopal Bishop Leonidas Polk, as well as several local histories. She is a frequent speaker and guest
Dale C. Allison Jr.
Craig A. Evans, BA, MA, MDiv, PhD, DHabil
Ben Witherington III
Fr. Andrew Dalton, LC
ROBERT ORLANDO - DIRECTOR'S REEL
We invite you to watch a complimentary
stream of Robert Orlando's film:
The Divine Plan:
Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II,
and the Dramatic End to the Cold War
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