Production Stories

Matthew Webb

The Kinema Commonwealth

March 12, 2012

By Matt Webb While I was a student at Fuller Theological Seminary I studied theology and film with a focus on trying to integrate my faith and my art. I didn’t want to make films exclusively for Christian audiences, and I wanted to do more than just think theologically about…

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dead bird in hands illustration for none

NONE: When the Shadows Lengthen

March 9, 2012

—by Lauralee Farrer When daylight wanes and shadows lengthen, to forgive is to make whole. —None refrain How beautiful this dappled, soft hour of light, and yet heartbreaking. Grey at the temples, the hour of None is melancholy, a time to ponder things we thought would always be with us.…

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Lori Fox in the pool

Thoughts from Lori Fox

March 6, 2012

By Lori Fox The opportunity to be part of the PTH team came as I was transitioning out of film and into a new city and career path. I was exposed to the concept of praying the hours after Director Lauralee Farrer had shown me a copy of her book…

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Chris looking through window

Dear Chris,

March 2, 2012

Dear Chris, No matter how much I think I’m going to give the attention to our stories that they deserve before we start shooting them, as time runs out I find that I increasingly feel like a mother who has left a child unattended somewhere. As we get closer to…

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compline set with c-stands

If You Build It…

February 24, 2012

by Christopher Min Catherine Keller once asked, “What is theology but an incantation at the edge of uncertainty?” I can’t help but consider that the same might be said of filmmaking—or more specifically, of Praying the Hours. It was a faithless act, really—saying yes to Lauralee. Or, if you prefer,…

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Chris toasting at Zona Rosa

Treading Into None

February 22, 2012

by Producer Tamara Johnston McMahon As we fast approach principal photography for “None”—starring Aaron Ballard and Chris Min—in our production of Praying the Hours, I find that it is just as important to get in touch with the hour of prayer as it is to finalize the numerous last-minute production…

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Chris Min in rear view mirror

A Word that Out-Distances All Our Speech

February 21, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer The character of the Traveling Man in Praying the Hours is crossing over from this life into the next, and he carries in his pocket a copy of Rainer Maria Rilke’s book of poetry on the divine hours. This is a nod to Dante being guided through…

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Lance Clark on the set at Huntington

Professor and Filmmaker

February 16, 2012

By Lance Clark In the fall of 2010, Praying the Hours producer Matt Webb and I began a series of conversations that began with “What if…” I’m sure you have all started out a few meaningful talks that way and in the end you are usually left asking more “what…

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Marilyn Sumner in Compline nursing home scene

Borrowing from Real Life

February 13, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer In each of the unique stories in Praying the Hours, the writing team draws on the realities of our locations, the stories of the actors, and the personality of the Hour of the day for each story. It’s one of the tenets of no-budget filmmaking to write…

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Huntington Film department building

Returning to the Motherland

February 10, 2012

By Matt Webb I grew up in Huntington, went to college at Huntington College before it became a university, and even worked in the admissions office at HU for a couple years at the turn of the century (I love that I get to write that!). But when I first…

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