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BRO: Men with Hope to Bring
This feature-length documentary is an intimate exploration on the lives of a group of men in the Catholic Church called “Religious Brothers” who profess and live the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
These Brothers have been considered as a minority or as second class citizens throughout the history of the Catholic Church. With their diminishing numbers due to their aging communities, and the lack of vocations, they are somewhat of a dying breed. Utilizing the research from the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and (CARA) the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, BRO focuses on brothers in the U.S. where Brothers are diminishing in numbers, and in Ghana, Brazil, Bangladesh and India where the brothers are thriving.
BRO is for all audiences. It caters to people who are searching for meaning, and to all who can understand the language of human condition and hope.
Meet the BROs, Find Hope.
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Nich Perez, CSC
Director, Writer and Editor
Br. Nich has been a lover of films and filmmaking all his life, even way before he joined as a Religious Brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross. A native of the Philippines, he has worked in a variety of productions in Asia, from feature films to commercials. He went to film school in New York, and he has received a Master of Arts in Communications Studies with a focus on Cinema. Currently, he teaches Communications / Film at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, IN, where he shares this exciting endeavor with his students.
Chelsea is a Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, IN graduate. During college she travelled to 3 continents in 4 years and majored in Biology. Her passions led her to various jobs teaching science in the Florida Keys, creating short nature documentaries in Ecuador, and learning to appreciate collaboration and diversity in every aspect of life. She has worked as a lab tech at the University of Notre Dame and is currently taking on freelance film and photography projects.
Motion Graphics and Producer
Jeff is a recent Holy Cross graduate with a passion for 3D animation and all things post-production. While majoring in communications and minoring in graphic design, Jeff took on numerous roles as audio engineer, graphic designer, 3D artist, colorist, film editor, and production assistant in over 30 projects for Holy Cross. He has also assisted in motion graphics and film editing projects for the University of Notre Dame and Anthony Travel. Tenacity and amiability are at his very core, learning more and more with each passing project.
SCORE Ambient Sky, Karam Salem, Matt Slomski
MUSIC The Rocketboys, Khiry Hollowell
Ryan P. Glenn
Anne Berges Pillai
John R. Paige
Jesus Antonio Alonso
Isaiah & Lea Ulmer
Timothy Connor Dailey
Daniel Ponisciak csc
Sherry Gormley Crane
Kevin X Kyle
Robert B. Williams
Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC
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