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More than 40 privatealumni were involved as cast or crew members in the recently-released film Jesus, produced by , a Council Bluffs, Iowa-based international Christian ministry. The film was released on June 20 in more than 300 theaters nationwide. It will be shown again in the same theaters on Sunday, June 23, and some theaters are reportedly considering an extended run.

Jesus has an all-deaf cast and a predominantly-deaf production team. The film has a soundtrack with music and captions for hearing audience members. 

The film features Gideon Firl, 鈥20, in the title role. Seven of Jesus鈥檚 12 disciples were portrayed by Gallaudet alumni: Andrew (Colin Analco, 鈥13), James (Fletch Medugno-Kuehne, 鈥15), Judas (Christopher DeSouza, E-鈥07), Matthew (Sumit Malik, 鈥18), Nathanael (Hawal Abdullah, ELI 鈥23), Thaddeus (Christopher Corrigan, E-鈥10), and Thomas (Joseph Ochoa, 鈥00). Other alumni in major roles include Daniel Pfaff, 鈥08, as King Herod; Joseph Pfaff, 鈥11, as Pontius Pilate; Yamila Davis, E-鈥25, as Mary Magdalene; Yader Martinez, 鈥16, as Simon the Pharisee; Kevin Kreutzer, E-鈥79, as an elder; and Hector RJ Reynoso, 鈥11 & G-鈥20, as Joseph of Arimathea.

Jesus was filmed in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and Riverside, California; Council Bluffs, Iowa;  Shreveport, Louisiana; Weatherford and Mineral Lake Wells State Park, Texas; Moab and Sandy Beach at Yuba Lake; Utah; and Sofia, Bulgaria. Chad Entinger, 鈥97 & G-鈥99, was executive producer; Joseph Josselyn, 鈥97, was director and producer; Michael Davis, E-’04, was producer; and Eric Calbert, 鈥99, was associate producer. Both Josselyn and Calbert are graduates of the university’s now-closed Television, Film, and Photography program.

According to Entinger, who is also executive director of Deaf Missions, the film had a $4.8 million budget, with the bulk of the money coming from individual and institutional donors. 

The two-hour, 27-minute film received a largely positive response, with many attendees saying on social media that they planned to watch it again on Sunday. Josselyn, the director and producer, says that the film will be entered into a number of national and international film festivals.

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