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The Hollywood Reporter features "Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress" on its front page

We are honored that The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most iconic and prestigious entertainment trade publications in the world, took an interest in our faith based fantasy film "Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress" and wrote an article covering our journey into production.

Excerpt from the article below:

"'The Pilgrim's Progress,' Written in 1678, to Become Faith-Based Film

The movie comes from King Street Pictures, founded by entertainment lawyers.

Christian filmmakers are tackling a movie based on what is generally considered the first novel written in English.

The book, The Pilgrim's Progress From This World, to That Which Is to Come, was written in 1678 by John Bunyan. He began his Christian allegory while in prison, accused of conducting religious services without permission. The book has been translated into more than 200 languages and many theologians consider it the second most-read book of faith after the Bible.

The film, dubbed Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress, is the third movie from King Street Pictures, which makes faith-inspired films for a global audience. King Street was founded last year by former Warner Bros. attorney Dan Mark and his partner Rachel Tan, a former actress in Hong Kong and also an entertainment attorney. 

The first two movies from King Street, which is partially funded by Asian investors, are Snakehead and Fiction and Other Realities, both in postproduction. The former is a drama about human smuggling, while the latter is an English and Korean language musical.

With Heavenquest, King Street is hoping to break a couple of barriers for faith-based movies: Earn itself a worldwide audience and prove that Christian moviegoers appreciate the fantasy genre."

Read the full article here.

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Christian Post features "Heavenquest" as a Groundbreaking Faith-based Fantasy Adventure Film

Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel on the set of "Heavenquest," 2017 | Photo by Robert Ryu

Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel on the set of "Heavenquest," 2017 | Photo by Robert Ryu

Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress was recently featured by leading Christian news platform, The Christian Post, and we were honored to be interviewed as the producer of this epic fantasy faith based film.

Excerpt from the article below:

"New Movie to Break Ground With Action-Packed Telling of John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' (Interview)

Christian filmmakers King Street Pictures have begun production on a groundbreaking faith-based fantasy adventure film which will be based on the iconic 1678 novel, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan.

The Pilgrim's Progress, cited as the first novel written in English, has been translated into over 200 languages and has never been out of print. Now, the beloved Christian allegory will be put to film in "Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress."

King Street Pictures announced on Friday that it started production on the cinematic version of The Pilgrim's Progress in Los Angeles and Redding, California. The film will bring together an international cast of well-known actors. The cast includes one of South Korea's most successful stars, In-Pyo Cha, as well as Karyme Lozano and Fernanda Romero from Mexico, Peta Sergeant from Australia, and Ricky Kim from South Korea. Well-known American Christian actor Alan Powell is also a part of the lead cast.

Kingstreet Pictures Producer Dan Mark with actor Alan Powell on the set of "Heavenquest"

Kingstreet Pictures Producer Dan Mark with actor Alan Powell on the set of "Heavenquest"

When asked about the importance of retelling this story on the silver screen and making it "action-packed and gritty," producer and principal of King Street Pictures, Dan Mark, said Christians are not one dimensional and can appreciate all types of entertainment.

"If we want to inspire, we have to entertain audiences first. With 'Heavenquest,' we're using the action and fantasy genres to retell a powerful story to a new audience. And to do that, it has to be gritty and authentic because that's what they expect and deserve, " Mark told The Christian Post.

"Christian audiences are not monolithic. They enjoy all kinds of content, whether fantasy, sci-fi, action. What better vehicles to tell stories than these genres which allow so much creativity in storytelling, and the ability to convey complex ideas and questions about faith, life, and love in a package modern audiences understand in the everyday language they speak in.""

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"Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress" Begins Filming

  Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel.  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

  Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel.  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

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The Growing Faith-Based Genre Goes Global as Action-Packed Fantasy Film “Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress”—Featuring a Powerful Cast of International Stars from Asia, Australia, Mexico, and the US—Begins Filming in California

 

Bolstered by the success of faith-based and inspirational hits in the U.S., King Street Picturesa production company with domestic and Asian tiesseeks to foster and develop a new global faith audience with an edgy, fantasy adventure film inspired by “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, a 1678 novel by John Bunyan, best-selling fiction author of all time, whose work is widely considered second only to the Bible in Christendom

 

Cast highlights South Korean film and television legend In Pyo Cha (LAUREL TREE TAILORS, CROSSING, MOKPO GANGSTER’S PARADISE, SEOUL SEARCHING), Karyme Lozano from Mexico (Televisa’s QUIERO AMARTE, FOR GREATER GLORY: THE TRUE STORY OF CRISTIADA), Peta Sergeant from Australia (CW’s THE ORIGINALS and ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND), Ricky Kim from South Korea (SBS’ OH! MY BABY), and Fernanda Romero from Mexico (400 DAYS and THE EYE), and including Americans Alan Powell (THE SONG, lead singer of Christian group Anthem Lights) and introducing Patrick Thompson with Matt Bilen making his directorial debut alongside Producers Dan Mark and David Kang and Executive Producers In Pyo Cha, Ricky Kim and Darren Wilson (FATHER OF LIGHTS, FURIOUS LOVE, HOLY GHOST)

 

(LOS ANGELES, CA—July 11, 2017) Heavenquest: A Pilgrim’s Progress, a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking new faith-based fantasy adventure film, has officially started production in Los Angeles and Redding, California. The film, inspired by John Bunyan’s iconic 1678 novel The Pilgrim’s Progress, which is second only to the Bible itself in global Christianity, brings together a powerful cast of well-known U.S. faith-based actors, and international film and television stars, including South Korean megastar Cha In Pyo. As the best selling fictional author of all time, John Bunyan and his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress is known in virtually every corner of the globe.

 

“With this film, we’re trying to break new ground in the faith-based genre. It’s dirt-under-the-fingernails, action-packed, grittier, more stylistic, and more cinematic than what audiences have seen previously. Our cast is diverse, representing faith around the globe. We think this unique combination is the ‘next step’ faithful moviegoers have been looking for, said Director Matt Bilen. “We’ve wanted to make Heavenquest for so many years, I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to be on set making this incredible epic brought to life.

 

“The Heavenquest team has long believed that while the success of faith based and faith inspired stories in the U.S. is exciting, this powerful genre can and should have a life far beyond just the U.S. market.  The international market for faith based films is relatively untapped and full of potential.  As we have traveled the world, especially Asia, we have seen the strong demand for such content amongst Christians abroad, and we believe the next generation faith films should be designed to engage all of those audiences worldwide,” said Dan Mark, Producer and Principal of King Street Pictures. “We believe our modern, edgy retelling of this classic story with a diverse international cast is going to pioneer new markets for faith based content abroad and will capture the imagination of audiences worldwide, especially in Asia.  So we are incredibly honored and blessed to have the esteemed In Pyo Cha in our cast and as our Executive Producer.  We couldn’t have asked for a better creative partner to see this vision come to life on screen.”   

 

Director Matt Bilen, Director of Photography Chris Ellison and Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel (left to right).  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

Director Matt Bilen, Director of Photography Chris Ellison and Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel (left to right).  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

Pilgrim’s Progress has been translated in 200 languages in last 3 centuries, making it the second most read faith book after the Bible.

 

Film Synopsis: King Street Pictures proudly presents an epic new fantasy adventure film inspired by the world of John Bunyan’s classic tale “The Pilgrim’s Progress.”  In a war between the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Eos, a regal man named Vangel is thrust on a journey against his will when he is suddenly and mysteriously arrested.  Brought before the Southern King and sentenced to death, Vangel escapes a chain gang and flees for the North. Armed with a book called the Record of the Ancients that he receives from a wise sage, Vangel embarks on an adventure that takes him through haunted forests, dark swamps, and enchanted mountains while being hunted all the while by the Southern King’s men in hot pursuit.  Along the way, mysterious travel companions with special giftings arise and assist him on the journey, sharing about a fabled good king and pushing him onwards towards the Wicket Gate, the gateway to the North, while enemies lurk at every corner trying to derail him from his path.

 

   Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel.  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

   Actor Patrick Thompson as Vangel.  Photo Credit: Robert Ryu                                

About King Street Pictures, LLC

King Street Pictures, LLC develops and produces faith-based and faith-inspired genre films of uncompromising artistry, sensibility and craft.  Founded in 2016 by producers Dan Mark (“Snakehead” and “Fiction and Other Realities”) and Rachel Tan (“Always”), King Street Pictures was founded with the idea that faith audiences are not monolithic and that they, like everyone else, enjoy films of all genres, whether fantasy, romance, sci-fi, action or adventure.  Noting the absence of such genres from the faith and inspirational marketplace, King Street Pictures mission is to produce faith-based and faith-inspired genre films to create immersive worlds, tell modern parables for today, and redefine what it is to be a faith based film. Founded by veterans of the entertainment industry with major studio backgrounds and deep ties to Asia, King Street Pictures also seeks to pioneer a shift towards global storytelling and diverse casts in the so far untapped international markets for faith based content.

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Teaser Trailer for "Fiction and Other Realities" Released

The teaser trailer for U.S. / South Korea co-production film "Fiction and Other Realities" has been released.  The film stars Bobby Choy, whose last feature "Ktown Cowboys" premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and was released theatrically by Freestyle Releasing, Korean film and drama star 임화영 Lim Hwa-Young, who was featured in popular Korean dramas "Signal" (tvN 2016) and "Yong-Pal" (SBS 2015), and 황현성 Hwang Hyun-Seong, who is best known as the drummer of popular Korean punk band No Brain.  The film is also produced by Sejin Park, producer of the Viki Original Drama Series "Dramaworld" featuring Justin Chon.  Steve Lee and Bobby Choy co-direct the film, which features the original music of multiple-time South by Southwest (SXSW) Musical Showcase artist Big Phony.  King Street Pictures Principal Dan Mark is Co-Producing.

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Epic Behind the Scenes Video of "Snakehead"

"Snakehead" stars Sung Kang (Fast and the Furious series) and Shuya Chang (Revenge of the Green Dragons, Crouching Tiger 2).

Written and directed by Sundance alum Evan Jackson Leong (Linsanity).

King Street Pictures principal Dan Mark is producing alongside Brian Yang (Hawaii Five-O, The Man With the Iron Fists, Saving Face).  

Follow the progress of Snakehead on Instagram and Facebook.

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"Fiction and Other Realities" Featured Alongside the Wachowskis' "Sense8" by Seoul Film Commission

"Fiction and Other Realities" was just highlighted by the Seoul Film Commission as a featured project filming in Seoul, South Korea alongside the Wachowskis' Netflix Series "Sense8".  King Street Principal Dan Mark is co-producing the U.S. and South Korea co-production film, which recently completed a fifteen day shoot in the Hongdae neighborhood of Seoul, the epicenter for underground arts and youth culture in South Korea.

More at the Seoul Film Commission's official website here.

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King Street Pictures Producing Crime Thriller "Snakehead" With Sundance Director and Producer of "Linsanity"

King Street Pictures is now producing the action crime thriller "Snakehead" with writer director Evan Jackson Leong of Arowana Films and producer Brian Yang of 408 Films, the director and producer team behind the award-winning documentary film "Linsanity" featuring Jeremy Lin which premiered at the prestigious Sundance film festival in 2013.  Evan Jackson Leong has been tapped to write and direct the film, with Leong, Brian Yang and King Street Pictures principal Dan Mark serving as Producers.  

"Snakehead" is a feature film about a woman's rise in the international underworld of human smuggling set in New York Chinatown, and is set to begin principal photography in early 2017.

Evan Jackson Leong previously directed the documentary "1040: Christianity in the New Asia" (2010) and the documentary short "BLT Genesis" (2002), which tracks the behind-the-scenes making of and trajectory of his long time mentor Justin Lin's film, "Better Luck Tomorrow" (2002).  In short form digital, he has worked on various projects with Michelle Phan.  And some of his most recent work has been with the acclaimed fashion influencer Chriselle Lim. 

Brian Yang, an actor / producer, previously starred in "Hawaii Five-0" (2011-2014), "The Man With the Iron Fists" (2012), and "Saving Face" (2004).

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King Street Pictures Principal Producing U.S. and South Korea Co-Production "Fiction and Other Realities"

King Street Pictures principal Dan Mark has signed on as Co-Producer of the U.S. / South Korea co-production film "Fiction and Other Realities".  The film stars Bobby Choy, whose last feature "Ktown Cowboys" premiered at the 2015 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) and was released theatrically by Freestyle Releasing, Korean film and drama star 임화영 Lim Hwa-Young, who was featured in popular Korean dramas "Signal" (tvN 2016) and "Yong-Pal" (SBS 2015), and 황현성 Hwang Hyun-Seong, who is best known as the drummer of popular Korean punk band No Brain.  The film is also produced by Sejin Park, producer of the Viki Original Drama Series "Dramaworld" featuring Justin Chon.  Steve Lee and Bobby Choy co-direct the film, which features the original music of multiple-time South by Southwest (SXSW) Musical Showcase artist Big Phony.

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"Always" The Movie Released on Cable VOD and iTunes

Always the movie has been released on Video On Demand on all major cable providers and is also available on iTunes.

King Street Pictures principal Dan Mark served as lead Associate Producer, Story Editor and Music Supervisor on the film, and principal Rachel Tan was Associate Producer, provided legal services and also co-starred as investigative reporter Maggie Ong.

Always stars Derek Ting, Danni Wang (The Blacklist, Madam Secretary), and Peter Shinkoda (Netflix's Daredevil, TNT's Falling Skies) as well as industry veterans Philip Chan (Hard Boiled, Police Story 3: Supercop, Bloodsport, Double Impact) and Ian Buchanan (Panic RoomGeneral HospitalDays of our Lives).

The film completed post production at Technicolor at Paramount Studios with Oscar Award winning sound mixer Ben Wilkins (Whiplash).  Earlier this year, Always was an official selection at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and the film has received rave reviews from audiences at sold out premieres in Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong.  Gravitas Ventures is distributing.

The trailer is below:

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KING STREET PICTURES Options Rights to Christian Fantasy Epic "Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress"

King Street Pictures has optioned the rights to Christian Fantasy Epic pitch "Heavenquest: A Pilgrim's Progress" from filmmaker Matthew Bilen based on an original screenplay written by Darren Wilson, the renowned Christian documentary maker behind such well known films as Father of Lights, Furious Love, Finger of God, and Holy Ghost.  Producer Dan Mark will develop and produce the project, which is inspired by the 17th Century classic fable Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan and was previously in development by WP Films.

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