Can't We Just Show the Home DVD of WESLEY in Our Church?
Before we answer this question, let us ask you
If Your Church Was Full of People But Each Sunday
Only ONE of Them Put An Offering In The Plate, Could You Keep
Your Ministry Going?
The answer is "no." And neither can we pay the substantial costs
of producing Wesley if every congregation buys only one copy
of the Home Edition at the lowest discount price they can find --
and then exhibits it without a license. Remember, only a tiny
percentage of your retail DVD purchase price comes back to the
talented people who actually made the film when you buy a
product from a retail outlet.
is both a LEGAL and MORAL issue!
exhibition of movies is prohibited by Federal Law: LEARN MORE!
2. Knowing use of a
costly resource without authorization or reasonable payment is
morally wrong, just as knowingly exploiting the
environment, buying clothing that is made by child labor in
sweatshops, or photocopying church music is wrong.
Why isn't Wesley covered
by the CVLI License?
Jesus said, "The worker deserves his wage."
In addition to the visionary investors that ventured the capital
we needed to produce a quality film, in many cases talented key
people worked on "deferment." That is, they worked on the movie for
the equivalent of minimum wage, with deferral of most of their
normal income until the movie is able to recoup its expenses. These
are essentially loans that actors and crew have made to make the
creation of the movie possible - because they believed in the
project. Many movie producers treat this obligation cavalierly, and
fail to ever pay such deferments; but we believe that it is a
moral obligation to pay those who worked on the movie their full
salary - Jesus said, "the worker deserves his wage" (Luke 10:7).
We know that most church members have little understanding of how
independent faith films are financed and produced. We'll be glad to
explain the math to you if you're interested. But take our word for
it: we cannot repay our investors and meet our responsibilities to
those who worked hard on the film if churches "cheat" and don't pay
for a church exhibition license.
So how can we legally show the movie to church members?
Purchase the appropriate Church
License for your congregation. The price is based on the
average attendance at worship, so that smaller churches do not have
to pay as high a fee as larger, wealthier congregations. Even
easier, purchase our complete Church
Movie Night Kit which includes everything you need except the
popcorn and the people!
You can also check out our exciting Fundraiser
License which will allow a group of churches to exhibit the
movie as part of a fundraising program, with no up-front cost to the
district or group of churches. This special license will only be
available for a brief period of time.
We buy the Church Video License every year, why
isn't Wesley covered by that?
We appreciate the fact that your congregation
is working to abide by movie licensing requirements! And we
encourage every church to purchase the annual CVLI License so that
they will be able to legally show DVDs from major distributors.
However, just as many fine choral anthems are not covered by the
CCLI license, only certain distributors and films participate in the
CVLI license. CVLI produces an extra revenue stream for large
distributors with many films under their umbrella, but pays very
little to smaller indie producers. Movie covered by CVLI are
often mass-market movies from large distributors with huge sales
volumes or films financed as nonprofit ventures, often on very small
budgets. More and more, indie Christian producers are opting to not
sign on to the CVLI agreement.
income stream from CVLI would not permit us to pay for the movie, or
to produce future movies of similar quality!
If there is not theatre in your area that will play
Wesley, we strongly encourage you to check out the Fundraiser