A documentary years in the making features two of Glen Rose’s own, Dr. Aaron Judkins and Dr. Carl Baugh, on an epic adventure in search of one of history's greatest mysteries, Noah’s Ark.
The journey for the Ark questions mainstream science and may possibly hold the key to answering the four great questions of philosophy and life. The film is titled Finding Noah and comes to theaters nationwide Thursday, Oct. 8, and will be playing at Stephenville Cinemark Cinema 6.
“I think it would be the greatest archeological find in history,” said Judkins. “It’s important because if we find it, it would change how we perceive the origins of life. It’s another authentication of scripture.”
The documentary follows the film crew as they journey to Eastern Turkey and summit Mt. Ararat, also known as Agri Dagh or “The Painful Mountain.”
The explorers spent two months in Eastern Turkey (three and a half weeks on the mountain itself from the end of July to the end of August).
“Shot in never-before filmed locations and in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, Finding Noah is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation,” the film’s webpage states.
Mt. Ararat is the easternmost, highest, and largest volume volcano in Turkey at 16,945 feet high. The volcano has a current status of dormant but hosts many other dangers to those looking to explore and summit the peak. Among these dangers is that Mt. Ararat lies in the center of a centuries old geopolitically unstable hot spot, as well as boasting some of the world’s most challenging climbing conditions including blizzards, freezing temperatures, hurricane-force winds and electrical storms.
Judkins is a PhD archeologist that earned his degree from Bible Believers Christian College and Seminary located in Los Angeles. He and his family have resided in Glen Rose since 1997. As a seasonal archeologist, Judkins works as a flight medic for Air Evac Lifeteam and volunteers his spare time as a reserve firefighter/paramedic for Somervell County.
Judkins was a big player in the recent search for Noah’s Ark. As a trained medic and an archeologist he held several roles on the expedition.
“It was one of the hardest expeditions I’ve ever been on,” he said. “I discovered an inner resolve in myself that I didn’t know I had. You can’t give up, you have to push forward. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life.”
Using satellite imaging, ground penetrating radar, drilling equipment and decades of research, the team searched for the lost ark on one of the world’s most out of reach places. Judkins said their expedition team was the only entity in the last three years to have exclusive rights to investigate the mountain.
The documentary doesn’t solely take place on Mt. Ararat, producers heard that the Creation Evidence Museum has a 1:20 scale, 25-foot replica of Noah’s Ark that is said by Ark experts to be accurate, using the “gopher engineering technique” of which Baugh holds a patent on the use of the technique in building a marine vessel of wood. Baugh believes that the “gopher engineering technique,” which means “to house in” is the likely building method used by Noah.
“The flood is a scientific fact. As we flew that site, we knew where to look because of access to ground penetrating radar,” Judkins said. “I personally saw a huge beam of laminated wood.”
Noah’s Ark is thought to reside in four separate pieces on Mt. Ararat, and is believed to take the shape of a box with the dimensions to be 510 feet long, 86 feet wide, and 52 feet tall forming a 6:1 ratio, according to Baugh.
“The Ark was designed not to travel but to float and go anywhere the waves take it,” said Baugh. “It could survive waves of up to 500 feet high and the 6:1 ratio allows the vessel to correct in the water to face the wind.”
Judkins did not reveal if they found Noah’s Ark on their expedition saying, “You’ll just have to go see the film.”
Finding Noah is set for a one-time major theatrical release through Fathom Events. More than 650 Cinemark, Regal, AMC and other theatre locations will host the film on Thursday, Oct. 8. The local Cinema 6 will be showing the film at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for students and senior citizens and $8.50 for children.