About Lad Allen

Lad Allen is co-founder of Illustra Media, a motion picture production ministry based in Southern California. He has produced, written, and directed more than 100 films and received several international awards. Illustra documentaries Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet and Darwin’s Dilemma have helped popularize the scientific case for intelligent design. These films have been translated into more than 20 languages and distributed throughout the world. Lad has also headed production on a series of documentaries based upon Lee Strobel's best selling books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith and The Case for a Creator. His other productions have included ORIGIN: Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth and The Design Life Collection—a documentary trilogy that explores evidence for design and purpose in the animal kingdom. METAMORPHOSIS: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, FLIGHT: The Genius of Birds and LIVING WATERS: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth are currently in worldwide distribution. Lad was previously director of film production at Campus Crusade for Christ and Moody Institute of Science. He lives in southern California and has enjoyed an extraordinary 40-year marriage to his wife, Joni (the most patient, understanding woman in the universe). They have been blessed with four adult sons.

Heavenly Fire

Heavenly Fire I love making films about beautiful things in the natural world. Visually stunning creations that take your breath away.   During the past 36 years I’ve had more than my fair share of opportunities. The images are seared into my memory:  a sunrise over the Grand Tetons on

David and the Pale Blue Dot

David and the Pale Blue Dot A few months back I received an email from a friend of a friend.  It contained a link to a YouTube video that had generated more than two million views.  When I clicked play the content was immediately familiar to me.  Astronomer Carl

How Many Stars?

How Many Stars? In 1982, I saw a short film that offered a well-reasoned attempt to answer a timeless question:  How many stars are there in the universe?  It was fascinating and unforgettable.  I remember thinking that someday I’d like to make a film like that. Thirty-six years later someday finally arrived.