Coming in 2014
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 live the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.
Others may see them as priests, or some as men incognito behind the pews. Most of them live and work in the real world, and not a lot of people may know that men like this still exist. They are NOT Catholic Priests, but they have given up their lives for a mission in unique and humble ways, which are quite distinct from the clergy. But who are they? Are they like modern-day monks, working and living in community in a secular world that is full of dissonance? How does that work? Are they lawyers or teachers by day and monks by night?National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) 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. It also explores the Brothers’ work and their impetus to serve others, answering the questions on why they would give up their lives, marriage, family and wealth to do what they do. The upbeat but profound look into their lives and how clericalism and conservatism in the church are affecting the vocation of the brotherhood will also be explored in various cultural key sequences in this film.
BRO also includes interviews from more than 100 brothers and monks around the world from different religious orders, with insights from experts and theologians, and the responses from students. With this, the filmmakers dig into the challenges of the current secular culture and how the Brothers serve as a counter-cultural reminder on how we live our lives.
Some would say that they are the “best-kept secret of the Church,” but what does it really mean to be a Catholic Religious Brother? How are they different from the monks and the priests? What roles do they play in the world and in the church, and why should people care about 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.
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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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