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Industrious Family Films Announces Its Next Film Project

During our Grisly Grisell premiere, we shared with you our dream of submitting our next project to Angel Studios for funding. Now I would like to make a grand reveal of the project...Our 5th film, the next one to be filmed, will be Fabiola, the book discussed here on this pageThis is a story especially timely now as we are surrounded by corruption in our world similar to what the characters of this book faced in pagan Rome.

Today, we are Christians living among pagans and we must follow the example of the Roman Christians and lead the pagans around us to conversion by good example. In this way we can save our souls and encourage those around us to pursue the straight and narrow road.

If we can submit a convincing, persuasive pilot to Angel Studios and get accepted, it will be presented to an audience which then can fund the entire production. With this option, we would budget for the production and could ask for up to $5 million for the entire production! The investors purchase shares of the project and in post-production get a certain percentage of the film's profits.

We have scripted our pilot and are itching to get the production rolling but how do we make something impressive enough to satisfy Angel Studios before we get the big funding for the entire project?

That's where you come in! Please Support Industrious Family Films' “Fabiola Pilot".

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Your gift will put the Fabiola pilot on screen. If you and enough other people help us reach our goal, we will be able to start filming as early as spring 2023.

As a big "thank you" for your support, donors who give a gift at the $1000 level will receive a Fontanini Gold Leaf Nativity, and those who give a gift at the $500 level will receive a Fontanini Musical Holy Family Snow Globe. Additionally, those who give at the $250 level will receive a Fontanini Porcelain Holy Family Ornament.

Donate at one of these three options to be eligible to win a Fontanini gift today! As a special thanks to all who support us, every donor to this fund will be named in the pilot's credit role.

Remember, we are completely crowd funded. We will never go to corrupt Hollywood producers for funds for our films. You are the reason that we can continue to do we do best. We want to bring your children the entertainment that Christians deserve. With your help, Industrious Family Films can continue to reclaim the art of filmmaking one wholesome movie at a time.

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Let's Get The Fabiola Pilot Produced Soon And Sent Off To Angel Studios To Get Funding For The Whole Project

Our pilot can be as short as 8 minutes or as long as half an hour. We have prepared a script for a 8 minute scene and are ready to pour all we have into it. Sets, costumes, high-quality acting - everything we can do to make it as professional as possible has been planned out. We came up with a budget for this 1 scene that costs as much as the whole Grisly Grisell production! This kind of budget will give us the room to pull off the quality that we want to demand in the final project.

Fabiola book summary

Unfamiliar With The Fabiola Storyline? Let Us Tell You All About It!

Contributed by: Becket Bowen

In this novel, soon to be brought to the screen, martyrs shed their blood for the prosperity of the Church and for the conversion of sinners. Their examples are outstanding and though they do not know it, the conversion of the proud Fabiola will someday be the fruit of their sufferings.

Fabiola, Fulvius, and Agnes each travel very different paths to heaven. Fabiola is a rich Roman heiress living on her deceased father’s wealth. She is a developing character who experiences an  intellectual conversion through the holy example of Agnes, her cousin, and Syra, her Christian slave.

Fabiola book to film

Fulvius develops as well. He becomes a Christian by the help of the desert monks. Fulvius is a desperate, fortune-seeking man who is willing to do anything for money. He wants to marry Agnes for her fortune. When she rejects him, he denounces her for being a Christian, thinking that he will receive her wealth as a bounty to pay off his debts.

This crime and other crimes weigh heavily on his conscience and eventual lead to his conversion. Agnes is a virgin and martyr who is steadfast in her love for Christ. When Agnes is killed, her fortune is passed on to Fabiola and not Fulvius. 

This, in short, is what Fabiola is about: the conversion of the haughty, pagan Fabiola, by the example of the early Church martyrs including St. Agnes and St. Sebastian.

Fabiola's Sweet And Innocent Cousin Agnes

St. Agnes character in Fabiola

In Fabiola, we are told St. Agnes’ story as never before. This early Church martyr is the cousin of the main character, Fabiola. Although several years younger, Agnes is Fabiola’s role model as she deeply admires her saintly cousin.

Agnes is turned over the the Tribune after refusing the pagan Fulvius' suit as she has taken a vow of virginity. The day before her martyrdom, Agnes begs Fabiola to apply herself to the doctrines of Christianity. The door is thus opened to Fabiola, who admires Agnes' virtues but never assuming that they were credited to her Christian Faith. 

The above scene is the one which we will present in our pilot. Agnes has waited for the final hours before her death to tell Fabiola what a wonderful Christian she would make. After Fabiola promises to apply herself to the Faith, Agnes happily goes to meet her Bridegroom, satisfied that she has brought Fabiola to the fold.

The Image Of Manly Virtue: The Valiant Christian Soldier Sebastian

St. Sebastian also has an important part to play in the yarn of the conversion of pagan Rome. He is "a perfect specimen of a noble-hearted youth, full of honor and generous thoughts; strong and brave, without a particle of pride or display in him.”

Fabiola book quote

He is also a fine example of true patriotism. When he defends that his Faith does not intervene with his loyalty to his emperor he tells the horrible Maximian, "If you want a body-guard around you of men who will spill their last drop of life's blood for you, go to the prison and take the Christians from the stocks...You have taken half their blood from them and they will give you willingly the other half." 

The death of St. Sebastian and many other martyrs win the conversion of many of the pagans whose lives are also weaved throughout the story.

All The Great Things You're Going To Love Seeing In Film From Fabiola


The example of Our Lord made the martyrs; and the example of the martyrs leads us upward to Him. Their blood softens our hearts; His alone cleanses our souls. Theirs pleads for mercy; His bestows it. May the Church, in her days of peace and of victories, never forget what she owes to the age of her martyrs...we are indebted to it for our spiritual lives.



Fabiola, or The Church of the Catacombs is well-written, making the reader feel like he is there.  It is true-to-life and has very vivid descriptions, like the description of the month of October. Fabiola should receive a five star rating. One vivid description of the sun can be found in chapter XVI, page 148: “The sun has contracted his heat, but not his splendor; he is less scorching, but not less bright. As he rises in the morning, he dashes sparks of radiance over waking nature, as an Indian prince, upon entering his presence-chamber, flings handfuls of gems and gold into the crowd.

In life, followers of Christ can be like St. Agnes by showing and guiding men to the right road to heaven. Christians living among pagans during current times must lead them to conversion by good example. Even though we are living in a pagan world we must stay on the right path to heaven and bring back the strays along the way.

A Little About The Author, Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman

Cardinal Wiseman, Fabiola book summary

Cardinal Wiseman was born in Spain in 1802 to Irish emigrants. After his ordination to the priesthood, he would become the president of the English Collage at Rome. Cardinal Wiseman also became the first Archbishop of Westminster after the Protestant Revolt.

In 1835, he went to England to deliver a course of lectures in London on the teachings of the Catholic Church. His lectures were attended by Protestants and Catholics alike. Dr. Wiseman made such a deep impression on his non-Catholic hearers that a number of well educated persons whose social position was high were converted to the Faith.

In 1853, Wiseman began to write his most popular book, the historical drama, Fabiola, a tale of the Church of the Catacombs. The book was published the following year and its success was immediate and phenomenal. Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book which praised the early pagan era. Fabiola was also mainly intended as a historical and religious aid to Catholics in England.

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