||BIBLE STORYLAND (90' & 60')
DIRECTED BY STEPHANIE HUBBARD
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?Bible Storyland? is a documentary film about an LA-based
art dealer named Harvey Jordan and his obsessive,
decade-long search to uncover the fate of a Bible-themed
amusement park designed to rival Disneyland.
The film plumbs the depths of the many facets of amusement
theme parks, the magic of Disney, the power of bible
movies and the allure of celebrity in our culture.
Bible Storyland was conceived in the 1950?s when Bible
films such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur were
enormously popular. At the same time Walt Disney
introduced the "first interactive entertainment
experience" -- the theme park. Bible Storyland is a
combination of these bible characters and stories and
Disneyland! ?Ride to Heaven? and ?Dante?s Inferno?, with
Lucifer himself greeting tourists, are amongst the
amusement rides designed for the new park.
?Brilliant!? thinks Harvey. How can this miss? But whose
idea was it? And why wasn?t it ever built? And could
Harvey take up the cause and build the park today?
Over the course of the ensuing years, Harvey tracks every
lead that comes his way, determined to discover who was
really the heart and soul of this epic endeavor. Slowly
but surely, Bible Storyland takes over Harvey?s life.
Celebrities and visionaries, Harvey observes, have in a
way bested death? they will live forever. He can?t help
but think, in his own charmingly earnest way, that Bible
Storyland was dropped in his lap, perhaps, to ensure his
But this journey has many twists and turns and amusing
characters along the way. And only a man obsessed would
have the stamina for the trip. Will his wife Debi finally
crack and leave Harvey? Will Harvey discover the mystery
that thwarted Bible Storyland? Can Harvey perhaps
resurrect the park himself or will the curse get him
first? And who will pick up the pig poop?
Filmmaker Stephanie Hubbard?s sense of fun propels the
unusual story of Bible Storyland. The film is greatly
enhanced by her use of amusing animation sequences
inspired by those captivating theme park drawings. She
also utilizes a series of black and white, noir-style
comic book images to ?re-enact? portions of Harvey?s tale.
Dream sequences provide a window into Harvey?s psyche and
this being both a Hollywood and Bible story, film clips
from Cecile B. DeMille?s biggest Biblical epics appear for
Themes and context are provided by Hubbard?s decision to
enlist university professors and a pop culture humorist to
explore the influences of theme parks and Disneyland on
America's landscape. Prominent religious historians are
also brought in to discuss the influx of "sword and
sandal" films of the 1950's as well as the state of
religion during the post WWII period.
All these decisions raise the enjoyment level of the film
and engage the viewer to the very end and the resolution
of Harvey?s quest for meaning. It?s inspired filmmaking
that would have not been nearly as enjoyable in the hands
of a lesser filmmaker.
For more information, please visit http://www.biblestorylandmovie.com