The Ephesus Foundation Inc. USA

About the Film

“Mary, Life After Jesus”, will bring to the big screen some of the greatest mysteries and miracles of Christianity, depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary after the Crucifixion.  This story will include the dangers she and her son’s followers faced in Jerusalem in the years after Jesus’ brutal execution, including her escape in the company of St. John, Jesus’ beloved disciple.  “Mary, Life After Jesus” is one of the most fascinating stories ever told in cinematic history. It will be the missing piece of history that follows Mel Gibson’s successful film “The Passion of The Christ”.

War and outrage continued to infest Jerusalem after 33 A.D.  Early Christians feared for their lives, but none more than the mother of their former leader.  Roman rulers hungered for more power with little regard for the citizens. When the apostles were arrested, tortured and some martyred, Jerusalem was no longer safe for Christians. Most importantly, Mary’s life became a threat to those in power. Her existence alone represented the victory of hope that the evil in the world could not claim. Mary, having endured the emotional trauma of a mother watching her son brutally killed mourned for Him and wanted to remain in Jerusalem where she retraced the last steps He took to Calvary. But John and others convinced her that she must now leave behind her friends, relatives and everything she has known. Ephesus was the only safe place.

Our story begins with Mary and the apostle John’s journey from the foot of the Cross to her final home in Ephesus, Asia Minor (now modern Turkey).  We are introduced to Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun whose mystical visions lead to the discovery of a little stone house hidden on the hillside above Ephesus that John built.  We travel back with Emmerich to see Mary’s daily life in seclusion, from the private Way of the Cross she built, to visits by apostles Luke, John, and even St. Paul.  We find ourselves immersed in Mary’s life in ancient Ephesus, where her life is still threatened by Romans who suspect she has fled there. We watch as in cave churches, her son’s followers form a devotion called Christianity. 

We are given a glimpse of how one women, one human could withstand the test of self-sacrifice and be the pillar of faith to all around her.  She inspires the apostles and others to stand firm in their beliefs, to carry on her remarkable son’s memory.

Mary’s struggle to find a new home in her world, Catherine Emmerich’s inspired visions, the persistence of the men who a millennium later searched for and discovered the small stone “House of the Virgin” – which today is revered by Muslims and Christians alike -  combine to make an inspiring story of faith, love and devotion. This epic spans centuries, and is as powerful today as it was in the year 33 A.D.  Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey, foundress of Mary’s house points to Her home as a place of inter-religious peace and prayer, a beacon of hope. “Mary, Life After Jesus” will inspire, educate and put hope back into the hearts of many .

Film Photos

  • Interview of Noel Micaleff, of Izmir, Turkey, the President of the Dernek of Mother Mary (owners of the House of Mary).
  • Photographer Shaun Cloud of SC Motion & Stills, LLC walks up Bulbul Dagh Mountain with Producer Shannon Knopke, on the path that Mary may have walked 2,000 years ago.
  • Actress and film-maker Shannon Knopke, President of Meryem Ana Productions, LLC.
  • Shaun Cloud and Shannon Knopke set up a photo shoot of the Aegean Sea, as it looks from atop Bulbul Dagh Mountain in Turkey.
  • Producer Shannon Knopke speaks at a fundraiser for the film in December 2012, attended by over 60 people who saw a sneak peek of the “trailer” for the film.
  • Mary’s House in Ephesus, also known as Meryem Ana Evi (the Home of the Virgin Mary) by the locals in Turkey, both a Muslim and Christian shrine.
  • Shannon Knopke prepares Most Reverend Ruggero Franceschini, the Archbishop of Izmir, Turkey (formerly Smyrna) for his film interview.
  • Fr. Paolo Raffaele, resident Capuchin priest at Ephesus, Turkey, talks with Shannon Knopke about the film project.
  • Bill Quatman and screenwriter David M. O'Neill at Mary's House (Sept. 8, 2014)