After 10 years, we came back to Bethlehem Farm in West Virginia to revisit their Cornerstones, and to journey with the Caretakers and their Volunteers as they promote community and sustainability, and to help the poor communities in Appalachia.

The Caretakers of Bethlehem Farm

"Living the Cornerstones at Bethlehem Farm"


An introduction to the life and work of Bethlehem Farm, through the lens of the Gospel cornerstones of prayer, community, simplicity, and service.


Writing and Direction:  Nich Perez
Cinematography:  Nich Perez and Kiefer Szumlas
Drone Photography:  Kiefer Szumlas
Motion Graphics:  Jeff Kyle

with the Caretakers of Bethlehem Farm

Prayer from "This Land Is Home to Me"
Appalachian Catholic Bishops, 1975

"A Future Not Our Own"
This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Card. John Dearden in Nov. 1979 for a celebration of departed priests. As a reflection on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Romero, Bishop Untener included it in a reflection titled "The mystery of the Romero Prayer." The mystery is that the words of the prayer are attributed to Oscar Romero, but they were never spoken by him.


Directed and Edited by Nich L. Perez

Cinematography:  Nich Perez and  Kiefer Szumlas
Motion Graphics:  Jeff Kyle


Produced for the Caretakers of Bethlehem Farm
BethlehemFarm.Net


Music:
“Love So Much” by Eric Benjamin Turner, James Joseph Kloeppel and Randall Eugene Py, Courtesy of Dirty Jack Music (BMI)

The Bethlehem Farm media project involves a number of short documentaries and visual essays to share the Farm's progress in its mission and offer a glimpse of their efforts to help the communities they serve.
Special thanks to my former students, now formidable colleagues for joining me in this awesome adventure in the mountains of West Virginia.
Cinematographer and Drone Camera Specialist:  Kiefer Szumlas.
And Motion Graphic Artist, Jeff Kyle.

For more information, visit BethlehemFarm.net

Bethlehem Farm's Winter Squash Soup

Gemma, an engineer, and a Caretaker at Bethlehem Farm reflects on Community, which is one of the Cornerstones the farm is built on.


Writing, Editing, and Direction: Nich Perez
Cinematography:  Nich Perez and Kiefer Szumlas
Motion Graphics:  Jeff Kyle

Original Music:   Gemma Stanton 

with the Caretakers of Bethlehem Farm

Filmed during the service weeks of Dayton University, Villanova University, and Aquinas College.

ANDRÉ HOUSE of ARIZONA
André House is a ministry of hospitality that offers support to the homeless of Phoenix, Arizona since 1984.  From meals and services like showers, bus passes and lockers, this place provides an amazing service to the poor and marginalized, of which whom they consider as GUESTS and not just as clients.
With the leadership of the core staff and the help of thousands of volunteers, André House provides 400-600 meals every day that it is open.  

This not-for-profit media project consists of 3 short documentaries and 1 visual essay to advocate for the cause of this amazing ministry and the stories of the volunteers and their guests.

André House Guest:  Darlene

A documentary short on  André House through the eyes of one of their Guests, Darlene.


Special Thanks to Darlene for sharing her story and to

Motion Graphics Artist, Jeff Kyle for your amazing work.

Some of the André House guests
Some of the André House guests
Grace (on the right) , a Core staff member, with Guest on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Grace (on the right) , a Core staff member, with Guest on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
The cross and anchors at the front, symbols of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who are founders of his place.  This house is named after their first Saint, Brother André who considered no one as strangers.
The cross and anchors at the front, symbols of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who are founders of his place. This house is named after their first Saint, Brother André who considered no one as strangers.
A glimpse of the "zone"in Phoenix, AZ.
A glimpse of the "zone"in Phoenix, AZ.
Volunteers clean up after preparing and serving the Guests.  Thousands of volunteers from different schools and organizations come every year to help out in this amazing ministry.
Volunteers clean up after preparing and serving the Guests. Thousands of volunteers from different schools and organizations come every year to help out in this amazing ministry.

A group of volunteers came a few days before Thanksgiving to offer free haircuts and manicures to the Guests of André House.

It was an awesome day.

Motion Graphics by Jeff Kyle.

The miracle that happens in the kitchen of André House in Phoenix, Arizona.

AndreHouse.org

"The Miracle in the Kitchen"


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