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Four long-lost childhood friends re-unite under the creative thumb of Reynolds, an optimistic teen who longs for his younger days. Reynolds digs up an old time capsule that they buried when they were young. It’s filled with forgotten memories and aspirations which take them on a crazy adventure they will never forget.

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RUNTIME: 36:23min

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Family

AGES: 11-18

SUBJECT MATTER: Family/Siblings, Forgiveness, Identity, Rejection, Pain/Suffering,Opening yourself up, Leaving past behind, Moving forward in life, Love, Anger, Hope, Relationships, Fear

INTRODUCTION: The gift of childhood is being free and living life to the fullest. During our adolescent years, we become self-aware and our childlike freedom is hindered by the fear of failure, seeking the approval of others, anger and resentment, or pain and shame. Somewhere along the way, we begin to believe the lie that we are only valuable when we meet certain standards and are approved by others. Many of us fall into this trap and stay bound by this lie throughout adulthood. This is exactly what happens to the characters in the film Expiration Date, they become ensnared by this very lie. As a result, their freedom is restricted by the walls erected around their lives and aspirations. The character Reynolds challenges his friends to tear down these walls, just like Jesus, the perfect friend who desperately wants to tear down the walls we have built in our life.

HOW-TO FABL

(How to teach using FABL Films)

STEP 1

LARGE GROUP or SMALL GROUP:

We encourage Student Pastors to take control when presenting each film. Based on your needs, you will want to figure out what is the best setting to show a FABL film. Whether its your organizations Weekend service, a Mid-week study group, home group, disciple now, camp, retreat, etc. FABL films are designed to be used across all audience sizes.

STEP 2

FULL-LENGTH MOVIE or EPISODIC:

Show the entire film in one meeting, or you can use FABL episodes. Each film varies in length, and the number of episodes, so keep that in consideration. We have found both to be powerful, but episodic has its advantages. The students have time to think about the movie in parts, to discuss with friends, and this creates anticipation for the next episode.

STEP 3

USE THE FABL GUIDE:

The FABL guide is broken down for you based on whether you want to do small group breakouts with discussion questions, or if you want to show the entire film and then deliver a message. Small groups: we provide a breakdown of each episode and 5-7 discussion questions. For Large groups, we provide an example message to help you present each film.

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FABL FAQ's ANSWERED:

WHAT ARE FABL FILMS?

Simply put, they are entertaining films meant to engage your students. Don’t think of them as films that “close the deal”. They aren’t meant to be preachy. They are illustrations. FABL films are intended to be used as a teaching tool that sets up a theme or idea, for example: “How do we live life to the fullest?” “What happens when we let tragedy and suffering define who we are?”. FABL films are meant to help engage your current students, as well as draw in new ones.

HOW IS FABL DIFFERENT?

One of our biggest objectives is to engage the students without getting eye-rolls. We focus on telling good stories that have natural, organic exploration of spiritual themes.  

DO FABL FILMS PRESENT THE GOSPEL?

We love movies that have an overt Gospel message and are glad they exist. That being said, FABL takes a different approach. These films aren’t intended to play in a theatre. They are meant to be played in the context of a group or event where they can be explained and explored. Which, we hope, leads to a presentation of the Gospel from a leader or pastor. Some of our films might present the Gospel as a metaphor, some might just ask thought provoking questions. They are meant to challenge the students to think.

HOW ARE FABL FILMS BEST UTILIZED?

We’ve designed these films to be used in a variety of ways. Whether it’s a small group or large group, you can decide how it fits best for your group. For a large group, show the entire movie and then teach from the outline. Or break it up into episodes over a camp or retreat. For small groups, you can show the movie in full, or use the episodes. Then use the discussion questions in the FABL GUIDE and see where the Lord leads the discussion. We’ve seen first hand how powerful a tool these films can be for engaging students. Real life, real talk.

ARE THESE FILMS RATED?

These films are not rated by the MPAA, but each film comes with general advisory. We highly recommend watching the films before presenting to your students.. There will never be any language or overt sexual content.

HOW ARE FABL FILMS DELIVERED?

All FABL Content is delivered as digital downloads upon purchase.

INSTANT DELIVERY

All FABL content is delivered as digital downloads accessible via your FABL account whenever and wherever. Download limits are set at 5, email us if you need additional downloads.

FABL RESOURCES

FABL gives you all the tools you’ll need to engage students. Each FABL pack comes with Full Film, Episodes, Trailers, How-To’s, FABL Guide, posters, and ready-to-go social media assets.

UNLIMITED AUDIENCES

Unlike most movie licenses, we do not put audience restrictions on our films. Whether it’s a small group or large group, you can decide how it fits best for your group.  

Still have questions? Check out more FAQ'S here or email us directly support@wearefabl.com