In December, 2012, an Episcopal Priest traveled 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 edge of one of the city's ram shackle barrios.
Even before Padre Spencer Reece stepped 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 Stories Matter Media production crew was already there filming. And we plan to continue filming for many weeks, periodically, over the full course of the year.
Our crew of filmmakers -
Director (East of Acadia, The Undeserved)
Producer (Shallow Waters, Principal, Stories Matter Media)
Director of Photography (Nadja, Working Girls)
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, there are many ways you can support the making of this important film, including following our production blog, in which we'll tell you all about making the film, so please contact us to learn more.
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.