Movie goers who believe the Council of Nicaea assertions set forth in the "The Da Vinci Code" are an historical representation might be surprised to learn just how far off the mark those claims actually are. That's what a new independently produced feature film called "NICAEA" endeavors to reveal to the general public.
Portraying ancient Rome from 305 AD to 325 AD in all its blood, grit and pageantry, the story of Rome is told through Emperor Constantine's eyes and actions. At the core of all this is the true story of Christianity -- enduring brutal Roman repression, physical and metaphysical struggle and eventually coming together at the Council of Nicaea to emerge as a powerful political and cultural entity.
Unlike Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," which claims that the Emperor Constantine, by his machinations and strong-arming, made Jesus God on earth, "NICAEA" aims to accurately set the record straight, once and for all, on what really transpired at the Council of Nicaea.
"Brown's contentions are clearly false, and I am not willing to let his interpretation of history stand unchallenged," explains the producer of "NICAEA," Charles Parlato. "The truth is that the Apostles, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church Fathers have always maintained that Jesus of Nazareth was the divine 'Son of the one, true living God.'
The Council of Nicaea strongly reaffirmed this central teaching that Jesus Christ is both God and man, that he possesses both a divine and a human nature. It was the bishops at the Council, gathered from the four corners of the Empire, who reaffirmed this doctrine. Constantine had nothing to do with it."
Taking liberties with the Bible for dramatic purposes like Brown has done is nothing new in Hollywood. Late last year, the Christian News Network reported of the upcoming film "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, "A new Hollywood epic on the life of Noah has stirred controversy among Christians, Jews and others who have pre-screened the film, as they state that the movie largely leaves out one important foundation: the Bible."
In direct opposition to that approach, "NICEA" hopes to follow in the footsteps of another biblical account, "The Passion of the Christ," which relied on the Gospels, rather than glamorized fiction, to recreate the last twelve hours of Christ's life on Earth. That cinematic account went on to gross over $370 million at the box office, to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography and to win the People's Choice Award for favorite drama.
Parlato is anticipating a similar response to "NICAEA." "I frankly believe it's going to be an enormous success ... from an artistic, intellectual and a financial standpoint."
In addition to Parlato, the "NICEA" team consists of:
- Director Jamil Dehlavi ("Tower of Silence", "The Blood of Hussain")
- Line Producer Enzo Sisti ("Mission Impossible", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade")
- Academy Award winning Director of Photography Vilmos Zsigmond ("Close Encounters of the Third Kind")
- Casting Director Michela Forbicioni ("Passion of the Christ", "Jumper")
- Emmy Award Nominee Production Designer Francesco Frigeri (Passion of the Christ", "Don't Move".
The movie is independently produced by Electric Avenue Radio. Individuals who would like to be a part of this monumental project are invited to contribute to the non-profit production funding platform, Investors 4 Charity (I4C) www.Investors4Charity.org. Investors 4 Charity allows the general public to add their support of this great cause while simultaneously benefiting worthwhile charities and reducing their tax obligation.
NICAEA joins together a world-class team of highly accomplished filmmakers from the United States and Europe to bring an important historical drama to life on the big screen. It tells the true story of Emperor Constantine's forever changing of Western Civilization through the establishment of the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. This gripping and ultimately transformative story of religious persecution and warring factions that threatened to rip the Roman Empire apart lays the foundation for Christianity as it is known today. www.NicaeaTheMovie.com