A short, award-winning film, produced by Hollywood legend Jason Jones along with executive producer Pattie Mallette, the mother of Justin Bieber, is changing hearts and minds on the issue of life.
"Crescendo" recounts the struggles of Maria Magdalena Beethoven, the mother of 19th-century composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
When producer Jones was 17 years old, his pregnant girlfriend's 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. "Crescendo" is dedicated to "Jessica Jones," their aborted baby, who would have been 23 years old at the time of the film's 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.
Mallette, the executive producer, became pregnant as a teenager and gave birth to Justin at 18. Her friends urged her to get an abortion.
Here's what people are saying about "Crescendo":
- "'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." – 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." – Dr. Ted Baehr, Movieguide
- "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." – Peter Roff, U.S. News & World Report
Jones is the founder and president of Whole Life America, a nonprofit organization that "promotes the dignity of the human person regardless of ability, age, status, race or geography." His other films include "The Stoning of Soraya M." (2008) which won both the NAACP Image Award in 2010 and the L.A. Film Festival Award in 2009; "Bella" (2006), winner of the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; "Crescendo I" (2011), winner of Best Short Film at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival; and "Crescendo II" (2013). Jones lives with his wife and seven children in Los Angeles.
You might be asking yourself: "Why would I pay so much for a 15-minute short feature?"
The answer is very simple, says Joseph Farah, founder of WND: "This is the most powerful pro-life movie of its kind. It's a life-changer for many people – even those who consider themselves 'pro-choice.' And a significant percentage of every purchase goes to aid crisis-pregnancy centers around the U.S."
This is a pro-life message that doesn't hit people over the head. It's one that makes them realize, "Yes, the world would never be the same without the wrenching, tough decisions like the one ultimately made by Ludwig von Beethoven's mother. It's gorgeously shot, well-written and expertly produced. You will want to show this short film to everyone you know – pro-life and pro-choice."
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