Production Stories

Chris Min at the window

If You Will, You Can Become All Flame

April 25, 2021

An ancient story tells of two monks, the younger searching for meaning: Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him,  “Abba, as far as I can, I say my little office,I fast a little, I pray and meditate, I live in peace and, as far as I…

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Of Premieres and Purpose

November 9, 2013

by Lauralee Farrer, director It always seems that just when it’s most important to post, most interesting, there is least time for it. Blog posting for me, like journaling, is nearly always frustratingly anticipatory or reflective, losing the amazing energy of the “now” of filmmaking. Rather quietly, and without fanfare…

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shadow of None

A long-awaited story

October 8, 2013

by Lauralee Farrer, director In a little more than a week, after years of work, the first installment of Praying the Hours will be seen publicly. The story of None has become very dear to us and we are glad to put it out in the world. The fact that…

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None at concert

Reflections on None

November 14, 2012

by Patrick O’Neil Duff, editor Today I turn 32 years old. My life consists of daily interaction with my two-year-old daughter, my four-year-old son, and fifty-some-odd college students. In other words, I live in a cesspool of unwashed hands and runny noses, surrounded by individuals who don’t know how to…

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sext book illustration

Du, gestern Knabe, dem die Wirrnis kam

August 8, 2012

Yesterday you were a boy, today blind passion makes your blood swell. You do not mean to seek lust but joy; you have been chosen as a groom whose desire is only for his bride. But the spirit of lust pulls at you, even ordinary arms suggest nakedness. Even pale…

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Matt and Terrence on phones

Setting Things in Motion, Keeping Them in Motion

August 1, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer Francis Ford Coppola said that a film gets made three times: when it’s written, again when it’s shot, and yet again when it’s edited. These are all crucial stages to storytelling in film, and each one has its own demands and creative requirements. We are in a…

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producers at the table

When the Heat is All the Way Up

July 25, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer A few weeks ago, we stopped tweeting at Compline (bedtime) and started tweeting at noon, the hour of Sext. That’s because we have finished the script for the story of the recovering stranger and are heading into production this month. [Some who follow us @praythehours might be…

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"Terce" as played by Liz Montgomery in Praying the Hours

The Self-Curse of Denial

July 18, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer In our story on “Terce,” we consider a woman (played by Liz Montgomery) facing difficult times in her marriage and with her first baby. Some of these hard times can be traced to a series of bad decisions and her insistence that she is able to accomplish…

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Praying the Hours still of Chris Min as the Traveling Man

Time Shaped Like an Arrow

June 28, 2012

by Lauralee Farrer Somewhere I read that “time” was the noun most often used in the English language. Who knows how (or why) such surveys are conducted, or by whom; nevertheless, that result would not surprise me. We live in time the way fish live in water, so talking about…

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Lauralee and Chris in the graveyard for Praying the Hours

Fighting Our Way Through

June 19, 2012

By Lauralee Farrer There’s a popular quote from Ira Glass, host of “This American Life,” that makes much of the idea that our creative work often outstrips our good taste. I admit, even though I am not a beginner, I find it soothing: “Nobody tells this to people who are…

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