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A cinematic journey into the daily life of a well-known Benedictine Monk.
A cinematic journey into the daily life of a well-known Benedictine Monk.
45 backers pledged $8,237 to help bring this project to life.
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An Instrument of Peace

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Synopsis

He first entered a monastery at the age of 16. Now in his 70's, Brother Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette models the lifestyle and beliefs of a Benedictine monk. The daily rituals of monasticism have shaped his life. 'An Instrument of Peace' peers into these practices and touches upon the deep insights they reveal.

Brother Victor has generously opened the doors of the Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery to share with us the lived experience of Benedictine Monasticism.  Extending beyond a character study, 'An Instrument of Peace' exhibits a centuries-old tradition designed and devoted to the pursuit of peace; one that counters our familiar, fast-paced lives.

"In a society where people move from thing to thing to thing endlessly, we take a vow of stability, to live and die in one place." -Brother Victor

The film spans a four year period, which encompasses the later chapters of life at this small monastery in Lagrangeville, NY.  The documentary is a return to insights into the human experience that have stood the test of time.

Rewards:

'Christ the Merciful' is Brother Victor's most recent publication, and his only book still in print.  The book is published by Paraclete Press.

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Budget:

Years have already been spent working on this project.  With over 34 hours of footage, nearly the entire budget for this film came out of pocket.

This last fundraiser is to afford:

  • Music Recordings
  • Finalized Edit
  • Color Correction
  • Plus Costs of Rewards & Kickstarter Fees

Timeline: 

  • October 25th - Acquire Rights to Music
  • October 30th - Test Screening
  • November 15th - Final Edit
  • November 21st - Festival Submissions
  • December 5th - Early Release to Kickstarter Backers
  • Film Premiere - Date TBA

Any money raised above the goal will go towards additional post-production expenses such as captioning and festival submissions, which can cost $80/submission, on average for a feature film. We hope to get the film in front of as many people as possible.

Risks and challenges

As we're in the later stages of Post-Production, the bulk of the work is in the past for this film. There really are very few risks involved in delivering this project.

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    Link to Film

    A Heartfelt Thank you!
    Private Link to 'An Instrument of Peace' upon release.

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    Monastery Post Card & Credit

    Post Card from the Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery
    Name in the Credits

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    • Link to Feature Film
    • Monastery Post Card
    • Film Credit
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    Brother Victor's Writing

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    Brother Victor's Book 'Christ the Merciful'

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    • Book by Brother Victor
    • Link to Feature Film
    • Monastery Post Card
    • Film Credit
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    Film Poster & Associate Producer Credit

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    Associate Producer Credit

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    • Associate Producer Credit
    • Book by Brother Victor
    • Link to Feature Film
    • Monastery Post Card
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    Pre-Screening, Early Link, & Skype Call

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    Private Link to the Film, Pre-Release
    Phone Call with the Director
    Invitation to Pre-Screening (in Poughkeepsie, NY)

    Includes:
    • Skype Call with Director
    • Private Link to Film, Pre-Release
    • Invitation to Pre-Screening
    • Film Poster
    • Associate Producer Credit
    • Book by Brother Victor
    • Monastery Post Card
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Funding period

- (25 days)