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PRODUCER| CINEMATOGRAPHER | DIRECTOR | editor
DOUGLAS JAMES VAIL
Jesus Christ, The Son of God, sets out to prepare Himself for His earthly mission to save humanity by dying on the cross to atone for the sins of the world. Christ is led into the Judean desert by the HOLY SPIRIT to strengthen His spirit with fasting, prayer and time with His heavenly Father.
After 40 days, weak from hunger, Christ is met by Satan who attempts to tempt Him to sin and abandon His painful mission to bring salvation to the world. Satan follows Christ closely creating turbulence in His path in an effort to cause fear, doubt, and terror. Jesus is also haunted by thoughts of what the future holds and nightmares of the inevitable agony He will endure on the cross. Taking advantage of the emotional bond Christ has with His earthly parents, Satan assumes their likeness in an effort to tempt Him into sin.
C/O DOUGLAS JAMES VAIL
TRT: 1 HOUR 38 MINUTES
EXHIBITION FORMAT: DVD, BLU-RAY, 4KUHD
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
SHOOTING FORMAT: HD, UHD
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My name is Douglas James Vail and I am the executive producer and director of “40: The Temptation of Christ”. When my wife and I set out to make this picture we had no idea we were embarking on a three year journey. The experience of making this motion picture was one of the most spiritually enriching and personally satisfying accomplishments of my life and I am extremely grateful for everyone that joined us to help its completion.
The pre-production was a long process. I could sense the film required a higher level of authentic and spiritual direction that I had to prepare for. I spent a lot of time in prayer getting emotionally and spiritually ready. Trying to envision this story was a huge undertaking. Fortunately, the writing of Reed Lackey helped us produce a beautiful portrait of this sacred time in the desert. As I stepped into production I felt the obligation to give something back to God and to share something new with his people. We are all his people.
It is important to me that our film brings a deeper understanding of Christ and a healthy awareness of Satan. We explored the mission of Christ and the opposition that worked tirelessly to stop Him. We know Satan is an extremely powerful and seductive force. We also know only Christ could overcome Satan. No man has a chance. This is important to understand. This material required careful handling. It was a challenge producing a natural, gritty and artistic re-telling of Christ in the desert but hopefully the audience will discover why we all need the Good Shepherd to protect us.
This film represents my journey with God and it serves as my love letter to Him. I made this picture in service to draw closer to Him and to inspire non-believers to know Christ and what He came to do. I believe God knows us better than we know ourselves and I want everyone to learn about His undying love for us.
Douglas James Vail
Executive Director | Filmmaker
Douglas is the third of five boys raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. A cinephile and comic book collector, Douglas developed an obsession with black and white films and live stage performances before he learned to read. With dreams to work in Hollywood, Douglas drove cross-country after high school to pursue a career in the film industry. Gleaning what he could from movie sets and blessed with the mentoring from award winning faith-based filmmakers Wes & Amanda Lewellyn, Douglas set out to make motion pictures with the specific purpose to glorify God.
Today Douglas is known for directing, shooting, and editing two full-length feature films, one of which will exhibit in theaters March 3, 2022 through Fathom Events. In addition, Douglas has been invited to guest speak at several Christian Media Events and will be teaching a cinematography course at the largest Christian Film Festival in May 2022.