Planning, Raising Awareness and Support!

Photo: Girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Our U.S.-based crew is vaccinated, equipped and eager to get going. Flights are nearly all booked. And the official fundraising kick-off for Our Little Roses documentary now has a date and venue:

7 p.m. Dec. 10, 2012,
The Emma Lazarus House
18 West 10th Street


Kristen Guarnieri, 704-277-3809

In December, 2012, an Episcopal Priest will travel to Honduras, the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the Western Hemisphere and, in that, the murder capital of the world -- San Pedro Sula -- to teach poetry to a score of orphaned teenage girls at Our Little Roses orphanage, at the heart of one of the city's ram shackle barrios.

Even before Padre Spencer Reece steps off the plane to begin his year-long mission -- a Fullbright scholarship to "make a book of poems with the girls, having them write the poems of their stories for the world to hear" -- the crew will already be there filming. And we plan to continue filming for many weeks, periodically, over the full course of the year.

Our crew of filmmakers -

* Brad Coley
   Director (East of Acadia, The Undeserved)
* Cassidy Friedman
   Producer (Shallow Waters, Principal, Stories Matter Media)
* Kurt Ossenfort
   Director of Photography (Nadja, Working Girls)
* Carmen Osterlye
   Assistant Director of Photography (Etude in Black, Trash and Progress)

Also involved in the project:
James Franco, Executive Producer (127 Hours, As I Lay Dying)
Dar Williams, Composer

- has been riveted by the girls' stories we've heard and we share Padre Reece's belief in the power of creative storytelling.

A Transformative Process - Through our filming, we will capture a handful of girls' inward and upward journeys, as they dramatically unfold inside the orphanage and against the backdrop of the surrounding sprawl of San Pedro Sula, creating indelible memories of the girls' faces, voices and stories that the movie-going crowd will not soon forget.

A Transformative Film - Telling a story is only the first half of the project. The other half will be sharing these girls' voices with the world.  We're already planning a national tour into poetry classes, school assemblies, film festivals, and other gatherings. If you'd like to sign up for a screening in your community, please contact us (contact below).

Artists, priests and laypersons, if you cannot attend the Dec. 10th event, there are still many ways you can support the making of this important film, so please contact us to learn more.


The journey ahead, which we'll be making three times over the course of Reece's one-year Fullbright mission:
map showing the journey ahead, which we'll be making three times over the course of Padre Reece's one-year Fullbright mission
The journey ahead, which we'll be making three times over the course of Reece's one-year Fullbright mission.

We'll end our first blog entry with this video, produced by the orphanage, which gives a nice feel for life inside the girls' home. 

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