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"Canaan Land," a new feature dramatic film telling a contemporary story of an Elmer Gantryish evangelist, is in preproduction. Written by Richard Rossi, the film has stirred up controversy, before a single frame of film has been shot. Rossi performed the role of Elmer Gantry on stage, and on screen he played the real life character David Hutton who inspired the fictional Gantry.
Joining Richard Rossi to discuss the film is writer-producer, Elizabeth Rossi, the writer of the horror movie "All Saint's Eve," avaliable everywhere, & also a producer on Richard's film "Baseball's Last Hero," & the film "A Lesson of Love." Also calling in will be the last of the classic Disney animators Andrew Ramos, to share his thoughts on how we need movies with heart today.
"Looking back on my years as a healing evangelist, I never did anything fraudulent to fake healings," Rossi said. "I prayed for God to heal people, & refused to report healings without medical verification. I was honest when people weren't healed and about the suffering we go through. However, my time in that world allowed me to see tricks some big names do. They fake miracles, such as a gold dust stunt, a rigged trick they claim is angel feathers & gold flakes falling from Heaven. This hoax helped turn a church in California into the mecca for Pentecostals," Rossi said. The film is not a remake of the 1960 film 'Elmer Gantry.' It is a new story based on Rossi's experiences in the world of fundamentalist Pentecostalism. The theme of the film is contrasting false frauds from true, authentic faith.