Small But Mighty: How Richard Rossi’s Canaan Land Grew From Small Film to 2021 Oscar Consideration

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Canaan Land Movie Poster

Richard Rossi's Canaan Land

Richard Rossi’s Canaan Land

2021 Oscar Entry, Canaan Land

2021 Oscar Entry, Canaan Land

Based on Richard Rossi’s Hit Novel, ‘Canaan Land’ Is an Instant Classic Religious Film For Everyone

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Every now and then a film comes along that changes everything. Religious films are often stigmatized as only appropriate for a particular demographic, but a current 2021 Oscar entry is taking what is typically thought of religious films, and flipping it on its head. Based on Richard Rossi’s hit novel, Canaan Land is a feature dramatic film about a consummate charismatic con man who takes advantage of those with genuine faith. The film dramatizes the types of counterfeit tactics used by some popular televangelists today, shedding light on the truth.

Written and directed by Eternal Grace’s president, Richard Rossi, Canaan Land is a 21st Century telling of the archetypal Elmer Gantryesque story. The story follows the journey of Brother Billy (Richard Rossi), a deceitful con man who preys on the faith of congregations, and Sister Sara (Rebecca Holden), a female evangelist and singer who is indeed a sincere Christian. Contrasting the two characters brings to light the apparent differences between genuine faith, and “faith for a show” or ulterior motives designed to deceive.

The lost preacher has a true “come to Jesus moment”, as he falls for Sister Sara, realizing that his con is no longer a game, and there is much more at stake. Exploring themes of deceit, love, faith, and redemption; Canaan Land inspires each viewer to take note of the real purpose of their life and their faith.

Featuring celebrity cameos such as Lynda Carter, Cindy Williams, Sally Kirkland, Dead Kennedys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many more, Canaan Land is praised for being “a religious film for the rest of us”.

Through Richard Rossi’s brilliant leadership and direction, Canaan Land is truly breaking the stigma that religious films cannot be entertaining for a secular crowd, while still pursuing religious messaging.

Through proof of concept, dedication to the craft, and unwavering commitment to bridging the gap between religious and secular audiences; Richard Rossi’s purpose-driven vision has come to fruition with the end-of-year release of Canaan Land. The film was exhibited for a week of drive-in screenings in Los Angeles and Miami and will be streaming in multiple platforms within two weeks.

Voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures for Oscar nominations are eligible to see Canaan Land free through an unlisted video link. Email a picture of your Academy I.D. to richardrossilive@gmail.com to receive the film link for your consideration for Best Picture, Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Rebecca Holden), Best Actor (Richard Rossi), Supporting Actor (Isaac Bar-jonah), Best Supporting Actress (Jozy Pollock, Rosetta Walker), and Best Song (A Much Much Greater Love, Vagabond, Canaan Land and Street Preachin’ Man).

To learn more about Richard Rossi and Canaan Land, please visit: https://www.canaanlandmovie.com/

About Eternal Grace

Eternal Grace is a non-profit ministry making movies with a message of faith and hope since its founding in 1986. Based in Hollywood, California, Eternal Grace is dedicated to supporting a collective community of artists, actors, filmmakers, and writers with the same purpose-driven vision. Primarily focusing on the genre of the dramatic film, Eternal Grace has released hit pictures such as Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories, Sister Aimee, and their most recent film, Canaan Land. Based on Eternal Grace’s President Richard Rossi’s hit novel, Canaan Land is a feature film currently entered into the 2021 Oscar Nominations for Best Film, and widely praised for its unique approach to shedding light on corrupt televangelists in the religious community.

Website: https://www.canaanlandmovie.com/

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Controversial ‘Canaan Land’ Contends for Oscar

Canaan Land Film Poster

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Kelly, president of Richard Rossi Fan Club, with the Canaan Land novel

Kelly, president of Richard Rossi Fan Club, with the Canaan Land novel

Canaan Land is releasing for Christmas

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Richard Rossi penned the script “Canaan Land” to expose fake preachers. Televangelists are trying to ban his film

I refuse to let my critics define me or my movie, I will finish Canaan Land and show it to all willing to watch. They help me because they compliment Canaan Land as worthy of being talked about.”

— Richard Rossi

HOLLYWOOD, CA, USA, December 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Richard Rossi was a maverick minister in Pittsburgh when he discovered televangelists faking miracles for money. He vented his anger with writing. Rossi journeyed from scripture to script, writing “Canaan Land” a novel about a con-man preacher who falls in love with a sincere Christian and repents of fleecing the flock.

After decades of staging the story as a play, and a dream of making it into a movie, “Canaan Land,” directed by Rossi, is an entry in the 2021 Oscars. The drama stars Knight Rider actress-singer Rebecca Holden as Sister Sara and Rossi playing guitar-playing preacher Brother Billy.

The Academy Awards is Hollywood’s most prestigious award. Since 1927, nominees are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Pictures.

“Canaan Land,” though made with volunteers on a shoestring, is on the lips of insiders predicting its David challenging Goliath, giving big-budget films a run for Oscar gold.

Theater closures and release delays made the state of this year’s Oscar race unusual, but the race is on to make the 2020–21 awards season exciting. One of the changes is a rule that allows streaming movies that had planned theatrical releases eligible.

Rossi released “Canaan Land” as a novel that rocked the religious world, exposing fraudulent preachers, and is the basis for the film.

Canaan Land is a modern telling of an “Elmer Gantryesque” story. The plot revolves around Sara’s redeeming Billy, who turned her online ministry into a Tinseltown racket.

The story contrasts Billy’s focus on offerings with Sara’s genuine faith. The intention is to show the authentic by exposing the counterfeit. Rossi said, “Some are upset about my movie for exposing the fake preachers, but the truth shall set us free.”

The novel Canaan Land is available in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook. Proceeds are used to finish the film.

Christianity Today reported that the film’s office received messages of support as well as opposition from groups wanting to stop the film owing to its subject matter.

“Sister Sara is motivated to serve God and people,” Rebecca Holden said. “Billy is more self-motivated. We must keep our eyes on God and have discernment in choosing spiritual leaders.”

Richard Rossi’s filmography includes a film about evangelist Sister Aimee and Baseball’s Last Hero, about baseball superstar Roberto Clemente.

“Canaan Land” is set for a release by year-end in time to qualify for awards.

Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ICWE6Yogs

Film Website: https://www.canaanlandmovie.com

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Conversations with the Pope

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Simon Ioannou

Simon Ioannou

Simon Ioannou’s novel portrays journalist’s discussion with patriarch regarding differing views on afterlife

AUSTRALIA, December 21, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The late Simon Ioannou was a proponent of changing Catholic Church doctrine to support the belief in reincarnation. His novel pushes for this advocacy and presents a persuasive body of historical facts and religious arguments, all within an entertaining narrative framework following a journalist who engages in “Conversations with the Pope.”

Albert Magnusson is an Australian journalist with a keen interest in religious affairs and receives the distinction to visit the Vatican and speak with the Pope for six weeks. There he engages in conversations with the pontiff, and this serves as the author’s framework to present the arguments for reincarnation. The protagonist gives his arguments and requests the Pope to have the Church make a renewed examination.

“Obviously, any decision by the Roman Catholic Church to adopt reincarnationist elements, which do not conflict with Christian dogma, would be a revolutionary and pivotal development in the history of Christianity.” Ioannou said.

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About the Author
Simon Ioannou was born in Athens, Greece, and migrated to Australia with his parents at the age of seven. He was brought up in Melbourne and graduated from Monash University in economics and mathematics. He worked as a research economist and statistician. However, a love of film took him to London, where he graduated from the London International Film School.

Film-maker, writer, television presenter, he also held positions with the Film Censorship Board and, for more than ten years, worked in a senior capacity with the SBS Television Network. In 1984 he was at the centre of a widely-publicised and successful challenge in the High Court of Australia, as a result of which the protection of natural justice was extended to thousands of non-permanent federal public servants.

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Driven by a passion for justice and the law in general, he practised as a barrister in the last ten years of his life. He died in December, 2012.

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