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The eXvangelicals Documentary

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The eXvangelicalsis an in-development documentary by filmmaker andformer Evangelical Pastor Andy Herndon, that will tell the story of the emergence of the eXvangelical community, those who have left Conservative Evangelical Protestant Christianity behind. 
 
Those who identify as eXvangelical can not be clearly defined as one race, gender, sexual orientation, socio economic status or anything else. The commonality in this community is they were all once a part of Evangelical Christianity and at some point they left it behind and now identify as eXvangelical. 

eXvangelicals do not have a set of beliefs or a creed. They run the gambit between those who left for progressive forms of Christian expression to agnostics or atheists and everything in between. 

Taking inspiration from documentarians Ava DuVernay and Michael Moore and the A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,The eXvangelicalswill tell the story of the emergence of the eXvangelical community and how it is shaping culture as they press back against their former culture system of beliefs.
 
The eXvangelical community has been featured on the recent CBS News Special, Deconstructing My Religion, along with national coverageinNewsweek and The Guardian.
 
The hashtags #exvangelical, #emptythepews and #christianaltfacts are used regularly by the eXvangelical community and are often trending on Twitter and Instagram.

Andy will talk with eXvangelicals of all backgrounds, exploring the effects of strict conservative beliefs, psychological abuse, purity culture, rapture and end time theology, racism, homophobia, chauvinism, sexual abuse and exploitation, authoritarianism and more.  We’ll find out what brought eXvangelicals to Evangelicalism in the first place. What did their conversion look like? What were the practices and beliefs that began their disillusionment with Evangelicalism? What was the catalyst to their departure from Evangelicalism? How did they deal with the sense of loss of identity and community? And finally look at what are eXvangelicals doing now after leaving Evangelicalism.

Director Andy Herndon was a Southern Baptist Evangelical Pastor for 15 years. In 2017 he left full time vocational ministry, the church and Evangelical Christianity behind. His love of story telling and film brought him to the creative gem of Ashland, Oregon where he enrolled in the Digital Cinema Program of Southern Oregon University full time. Along with school, since leaving full time vocational ministry, Andy has become an associate producer and video editor for an in-development reality show, a creative consultant for the Ashland New Plays Festival and has directed several shorts and local political ads. He now resides in Southern Oregon with his wife, three children and their two dogs.

Instagram and Twitter- @exvangelicalDoc 
Facebook- www.facebook.com/theexvangelicals 
Email- andyherndon@gmail.com
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We're moving onto the next phase of this journey. In April and May Andy will be working with a team of fellow film students to produce a short version of the documentary that will be screened for investors and studios interested in funding a full length version of the film and distribute the film world wide. Thank you all for your support! At this point funders have allowed us to purchase or gain access to all the gear we need to make the next phase possible. Future funds will cover production and travel costs for the short version. Look for the completed short in June.
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Hello All...

I just wanted to update you all on how things are going.

Right now we are moving forward on developing and shooting a trailer.

We've used funds thus far to buy needed gear (camera, lenses, tripods, audio recording etc), facilitate research and infrastructure, produce a budget, buy a web domain and are prepare to create an LLC for the production.

In tandem with preparing for a trailer I have been meeting with many producers and film makers in an attempt to get an underwriter for the film. Things are looking good from that persepctive and will share more on that front as soon as I am allowed.

I wanted to thank you all for your support. The film is coming along. We are hoping to start principle production in mid summer of this year wrapping by mid fall.

Again thank you all for helping me tell the story of those who have left evangelicalism behind. I am hoping to make update you all weekly on what is happening.

Thank You All!

Andy
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‪Who are eXvangelicals? | Featuring Blake Chastain from the Exvangelical Podcast
https://youtu.be/9rWXwjJXI_U
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Happy Friday! ‪We are plugging along
‪Currently getting a co-producer & writer for the film. ‬
‪Appreciate everyone’s support! We’re going to make this happen together!
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