Christian film distributor drops recent Joshua Harris documentary
Exploration Films halts distribution of “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” saying Joshua Harris “lacked transparency to partners” before public statements
August 28, 2019
Exploration Films announced Monday that they will end their roll in distribution of the documentary film featuring Josh Harris, “I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye” (ISIKDG). The film will remain available on some platforms. The rights will be returned to filmmaker Jessica Van Der Wyngaard.
The news comes weeks after Harris took to Instagram publicly, announcing a separation from his wife of almost 20 years, and later deconstructing his faith in Jesus Christ. Josh posted,
“I have undergone a massive shift in regard to my faith in Jesus. By all the measurements that I have for defining a Christian, I am not a Christian.”
Stephen Penn on behalf of Exploration Films said,
“Unfortunately, Josh did not tip off his film team partners of these surprising changes before his public post—nor how this would change our company’s distribution efforts of the film he had worked with us on to promote.”
Exploration Films president Steve Greisen reports,
“When director Jessica Van Der Wyngaard brought the film to us for distribution, she and Josh requested that a free version be available to the public for a period of time, highly unusual in our business, but we agreed. Regular interactions occurred with Josh and the film team on a daily and weekly basis to coordinate our efforts as part of the agreement. Exploration Films just finished recording a podcast with Josh slated for later release, so these statements only days later caught us off guard and damaged our efforts together.”
Stephen Penn affirmed,
“Personally, we still wish Josh the best. We know he is searching for answers. But due to the lack of transparency from Josh, we have no other choice but to halt promotion of the film. Hundreds of DVD’s have already been returned as a result of his statements.
Josh’s current position on Christianity counteracts his authority to speak on how Christians should approach relationships. Discussions of this nature happen throughout the film, and the former pastor’s public statements on marriage and especially Christianity undermine key parts of the film. It puts our team in an awkward position to promote it.”
In the film ISIKDG, Harris listens to readers impacted by what he got wrong—and right 20 years ago. He shares conversations with other authors and ministry leaders on today’s hook-up culture, Church pressure on purity, and the unintended outcomes many single and married Christians experience.
Exploration Films produces and distributes quality faith and family documentaries and feature films. The Colorado-based team says they strive to deliver inspiring content that elevates the culture, and evokes the best in the human soul.
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