September 29, 2007
This past weekend, ‘THE GENIUS CLUB’ (‘Duela De Genios’) was the #2 independent film in Mexico City (Sept 21-23) and #5 overall (out of 40 movies). Only ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, ‘Resident Evil’, and ‘Underdog’ beat us. The film was in the 16 biggest theaters throughout Mexico City (Population: 22 million).
It caught the distributor, Cien Films, completely off guard.
The toughest film critics gave ‘THE GENIUS CLUB’ a thumbs up, with Milenio newspaper giving ‘The Genius Club’ 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is the same paper that has done no-holds bar critiques on Alfonso Cuarón (“The Children of Men”), Alejandro Iñárritu (“Babel”), and Guillermo del Toro’s (Pan Labyrtinth) movies.
At the screenings, people were seen literally weeping as they came out. It was infectious. Countless people approached us after our screenings to say how they cried and how much the film made them think about their lives, death, and God.
May the Lord bless each of you mightily as he us.
March 11, 2007
CBS NEWS STORY ON ‘THE GENIUS CLUB’
(CBS 11 News) A terrorist plot, a group of geniuses, and a deadline… if it sounds like the stuff of movies, it is. The brains behind “The Genius Club” are actually several north Texans.
It’s not your average day at the office for Jacob Bonnema. Jacob is part of a father-son duo, that’s thinking about the box office. Their movie, “The Genius Club” directed by Tim Chey opens September 15th.
“The movie is about, if you knew you had six hours to live, 27 minutes to live. What would be going through your mind?” said producer, Arch Bonnema.
Arch is the producer of the film, his son Jacob is one of the stars. Their day job is running Joshua Financial in Plano.
For the newcomers it was another big screen venture that showed them the way movies can move an audience and spark dialogue. For the Bonnema’s it was “The Passion of the Christ.”
“We went out and bought out 22 screens from Cinemark for opening day, for 6:30 in the morning, to have people come out and see it,” Arch said.
Then they read Tim Chey’s script of “The Genius Club.” It depicts a terrorist threat in Washington that brings together seven geniuses, with an apocalyptic mandate: to solve the world’s problems by morning.
“I think that this movie has tact, poise, and it has an intellectual battle that’s so exciting to watch,” Jacob said.
Actors Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore agreed the script was good, and joined the cast.
“It’s got a message of hope, and it’s very intriguing, and engaging. It’s going to make you think,” Baldwin said.
The Bonnema’s shot the movie in three weeks in February, for less than 10 million dollars. So far, theatres across Texas and Oklahoma plan to show it.
For Arch Bonnema, it is a drastic departure from the world of corporate trusts, but this investment, he says, is a personal one. “I wanted a movie to make people think. Just to find out what really is important when it gets down to the end?”
CBS 11 News did a story on Arch Bonnema several weeks ago. It was about his trek to Iran to search for Noah’s Ark. Arch says his next film will be a documentary on that expedition.