ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«CrescendoÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ recounts the struggles of Maria Magdalena Beethoven, the mother of 19th-century composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The film has received more attention than most short films because its executive producer is Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber's mom. Mallette became pregnant as a teenager and gave birth to Justin at 18. Her friends urged her to get an abortion.
When producer Jason Jones was 17 years old, his pregnant girlfriendÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs father, who discovered her secret when the girl sought to obtain prescription vitamins, forced her to have an abortion. After the procedure, the abortionist announced that the baby was a girl. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«CrescendoÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ is dedicated to ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Jessica Jones,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ their aborted baby, who would have been 23 years old at the time of the filmÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs release. Jason Jones believes that, if a pregnancy center was available to his girlfriend to serve her prenatal needs, their daughter would be alive today.
You might be asking yourself: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Why would I pay so much for a 15-minute short feature?ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
The answer is very simple, says Joseph Farah, founder of WND: ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This is the most powerful pro-life movie of its kind. ItÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs a life-changer for many people ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å even those who consider themselves ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌ¥pro-choice.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ And a significant percentage of every purchase goes to aid crisis-pregnancy centers around the U.S.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
This is a pro-life message that doesnÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇt hit people over the head. ItÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs one that makes them realize, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Yes, the world would never be the same without the wrenching, tough decisions like the one ultimately made by Ludwig von BeethovenÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs mother. ItÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs gorgeously shot, well-written and expertly produced. You will want to show this short film to everyone you know ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å pro-life and pro-choice.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
"_Crescendo touches the heart and soul of life's bittersweet song with a powerful promise that if the notes are left in God's hand, He will create a masterpiece." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Dr. Alveda King, guardian of the King family legacy and pastoral associate of Priests for Life
"Crescendo is a beautiful, powerful, transformational short movie that reveals an important deeper truth." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The snide attacks coming from certain encampments in the ongoing culture wars against Crescendo and against Mallette are shameful. They lack compassion, lack any understanding of the pure charitable motives that are behind the project. Instead, like modern day Javerts, they are hunting down the good in all of us, seeking to drive it from society.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Peter Roff, U.S. News & World Report
About the Producer
Jason Jones is the founder and president of Whole Life America, a nonprofit organization that ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«promotes the dignity of the human person regardless of ability, age, status, race or geography.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ He is also a radio and television commentator who has appeared on local, nationally syndicated and international talk and news programs including ABC's ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Politically Incorrect.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
He has worked as chief of staff for State Representative Mark Moses of Hawaii and served as director of Hawaii Right to Life. For three years he co-hosted "The Voice of the Majority" with Moses, heard throughout the Hawaiian Islands on KWAI. He also hosted "The Facts of Life" radio show, heard on talk radio stations throughout the United States. He was then recruited as national youth director for the American Life League and went on to serve as public relations director for Human Life International, the world's largest international pro-life organization.
In 2004 he worked for the Republican National Committee and in 2006 he ran a get-out-the-vote campaign for the Say No to Amendment 2 Campaign in Missouri, helping to erode a 30-point disadvantage to a razor-thin loss by one percentage point. In 2007, he was asked to serve as national grassroots director for Brownback for President. While working for Senator Brownback, he organized, promoted and spoke on the Pro-Life, Whole Tour with Sam Brownback, Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo) and former Sudanese slave Francis Bok.
His films include ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The Stoning of Soraya M.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2008) which won both the NAACP Image Award in 2010 and the L.A. Film Festival Award in 2009; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«BellaÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2006), winner of the PeopleÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Crescendo IÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2011), winner of Best Short Film at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival; and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Crescendo IIÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ (2013). Jones lives with his wife and 7 children in Los Angeles.
- Producer: Jason Jones
- Format: THX
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 15 minutes
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