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Feature-length movie to premiere at Holy Cross College

Feature-length movie to premiere at Holy Cross College

NOTRE DAME, IN (April 17, 2014) — With nearly 200 hours (10 terabytes) of high resolution videos, ten months of post-production, and six years in the making, a feature-length documentary on the Religious Brothers of the Catholic Church will finally premiere at Holy Cross College on Thursday, April 24, at 6pm.

The 104 minute film, “BRO: Men with Hope to Bring”, is the product of collaboration between the faculty, staff, and students of Holy Cross College. Film writer and director, Brother Nich Perez, CSC, together with the BRO Crew, comprised of producers Jeff Kyle (Holy Cross class of '13), and Chelsea Crane (Saint Mary’s College alumna), have been working together since January '13 to make this major project a reality.

BRO was filmed in five countries, including Ghana, Brazil, India, Bangladesh, and the United States of America, with interviews of brothers from various religious orders, highlighting their ministries and their impetuses as they live their vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience. It features a number of Holy Cross Brothers at the college, including Holy Cross College President, Brother John Paige, CSC, and Brother Jesus Alonso, CSC, who shares the story of his migrant family.

The BRO Crew finished their principal photography last summer as they traveled around the United States interviewing religious brothers, experts, and theologians, while utilizing research from the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC)and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. They filmed in two monasteries, and also conducted interviews during the Religious Brothers Conference in New Orleans last July (2013). With the help of alumni and production managers Matt Slomski ’14, who is also one of the contributors for the film score, and Michael Shults ’13, who also plays the enigmatic narrator, BRO tells the stories of the Brothers in a very upbeat and entertaining way.

“We made sure that this film can be used as a resource to understand the Brothers’ vocation, which every Catholic school must have,” Brother Nich explains. “With our diminishing numbers in the United States, we need to raise the bar in raising the awareness of this vocation, and the best way to do it is through film.”

Among the current Holy Cross students who have shared in this massive endeavor is camera operator, James Kiefer Szumlas ’14, and post production assistants, Maureen McDonald ’15 and Jacob Chartrand ’15. With associate producers Dr. Dianne Barlas, D.Min., Mr. Douglas Blair, and Rev. Vince Kuna, CSC, the BRO Crew has been a formidable team in telling the stories of these brothers who have inspired them.

BRO is for all audiences, catering to people who are searching for meaning; people from any race or religion who can understand the language of human condition and hope.

BRO: Men with Hope to Bring has been submitted to 27 film festivals in North America and will be premiering on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6pm in the Driscoll Auditorium of Holy Cross College. This viewing is free and open to the public.

Find out more about this film by visiting the movie’s website at www.brofilmhope.com.