Photo by Debbie Fitzgerald for Art as Worship
ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2013 – Catholic filmmaker Kevis Antonio has been driven to bring the first major motion picture originating from a Catholic parish to the big screen. Antonio, with help from his own parish, St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church — one of largest in the Archdiocese of Atlanta — raised enough money (over $12,000) in 25 days via a Kickstarter campaign to produce what is called a “proof of concept trailer” for his film, Five Blocks Away.
The Kickstarter goal was to secure $12,000 by October 9, 2013. Antonio met his goal on Oct. 3. The funds will help those involved share this undertaking more competitively within the industry.
“This campaign was started with complete trust in God that He would open the doors and allow us to carry forward with this historic film project,” Antonio said. “We will continue to trust the Lord and allow Him to guide us as we move towards making our proof of concept trailer.”
Antonio received an enormous amount of positive feedback on his ambitious project from those who donated money to his campaign, and were willing to spread the word about his efforts. One pastor from another diocese across the country donated $500 towards the effort.
Well-known Catholic blogger Fr. John Zuhlsdorf called it “an intriguing parish project,” and said, “I like hearing about people who see a problem and don’t wait for someone else to do something about it.”
Two of the lead actors have already been committed to the film. Both are professional young actors with a growing filmography. And Antonio has enlisted the talent of writer Erika Hill to work on the script.
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