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Church of Felons is a rare kind of work, looking bluntly at horrors of addiction while also portraying its victims with empathy and care. The stories of this film are neatly contained within a single county, but they speak to a national crisis — and shine a light on the way that addiction takes hold, creates trauma and, sometimes, can test and change one’s spirit. Lastly, I hold this film in high regard because the filmmaker, Jordan Mederich, lives in the very place that he documents. This is more than just drop-in journalism. It is a work of nuance and hard-to-get emotional honesty.Chico Harlan, The Washington Post
“Church of Felons” gives a strong reality check of the addiction problems in Wisconsin. The filmmakers are dedicated to taking on the challenges of addiction beyond the film and bring awareness to this extensive problem... an opportunity that went beyond our expectations. Church of Felons resonated with the audience and the filmmaker and felons attendance generated a passionate discussion after the film. The Green Bay Film Festival is proud to have “Church of Felons” as part of their 7th annual festival and look forward to Jordan Mederich’s next endeavor.Cyndee Sweetland, Green Bay Film Festival Director
"As communities nationwide struggle with addiction and the addicted, Church of Felons presents a light of hope in the true stories of four men, intertwining the humanity of addiction with the immortal idea of salvation. Conquering our vices remains a timeless battle. But the path to hope is clearly lit by the makers of Church of Felons, who beg you to hear that ‘all is not lost.’ Those who struggle to understand addiction’s grip are brought closer to empathy. And those afflicted by its cruelty are given reason to persevere.”Jessica de la Cruz, Editor, Amery Free Press
The energy, hope and action surrounding Church of Felons is infectious. In a community searching for ways to help those suffering from addiction, Church of Felons brings people together in the most positive and energizing ways possible – through hope, redemption and faith. Bringing Church of Felons to St. Croix Falls has started real conversations and brought together people who are invested in making concrete changes in our community. Church of Felons shows us there is hope and that we are truly all in this together.Kate Murtaugh, Gionis and Murtaugh Law
"The members of the East Lansing Film Festival were very grateful to be able to screen Church Of Felons. It is a film that will spark intellectual conversations for years to come. We hope to screen many more of Jordan Mederich's films. Jordan is a talented filmmaker, and Church Of Felons is a great film."Karl Millisor, East Lansing Film Festival Director
Real Audience Reactions:
Wow - I was very very touched and impacted, this hit very close to home.Oak Forest Retreat Center, Frederic, WI
I've seen hundreds of documentaries... this is one of the best I've ever seen!Flyway Film Festival, Pepin, WI
A strong reality check... beyond our expectations.Green Bay Film Festival
The energy, hope and action surrounding Church of Felons is infectious.Sold-Out Screening In St. Croix Falls, WI
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Polk County Aerial
An aerial view of Polk County, one of the most addicted counties in the country. Addicts are getting smarter and better at concealing drugs and evading prosecution, often only buying small amounts to distribute and consume weekly.
Chris Lyman At Crash Scene, Years Later
Chris hadn't returned to the spot of the fatal accident very often. This day during filming was a bitter -22 degrees, the camera lens literally froze over, but not before we caught an emotional retelling of the story that changed Chris' life.
Motorcycle "Freak Accident"
After a long shift at work, Chris had several drinks before driving home... a mistake he'll relive every day of his life. A tragic accident with a motorcyclist left 1 dead and a ripple effect upon dozens of others that may never be forgotten.
After an alcohol-fueled shooting spree, Dustin lit a Bible on fire to use as kindling, then burned this historic church building down.
Dustin at Restored Church
Dustin was legally restricted from being at the site of his crime. Right after his probation ended, we brought him back to the church, where his emotional and powerful story of destruction and restoration was told.
Brian shared unauthorized pain medications with a friend, who subsequently got behind the wheel and was killed instantly in a bus crash at 60 MPH.
Polk County Wisconsin Drug Task Force agents use any means necessary to prosecute continual offenders, including concussion grenades and full SWAT gear in midnight raids.
Church Of Felons Premiere Crowd
We're thankful for the community of Polk County and their support of the Church Of Felons Project. This is the line leading up to the front doors of our film premiere in Osceola WI.