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When the Vatican censures American nuns for "radical feminism," three sisters stand up for their spiritual convictions.
When the Vatican censures American nuns for "radical feminism," three sisters stand up for their spiritual convictions.
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 The Story:

Sister Simone Campbell, Sister Jean Hughes, and Sister Chris Schenk are so passionate about social justice that they’ll risk their place in the Church they love in order to remain true to their faith.

In February of 2009, The Vatican launched two investigations into the actions of American nuns, citing the need to stamp out “radical feminism” from the ranks of its devoted faithful. The Vatican’s message is clear: feminism is simply incompatible with Catholicism, and if you want to remain a part of the Church, you must abandon your “radical” ideology. 

These three sisters elected to hold on to their convictions, and stand up to the Vatican’s narrow, conservative stance. From the halls of Congress to Saint Peter’s Square, we follow the sisters as they shake up the Catholic Church and American politics.

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Radical Grace is both an exploration of the American Catholic Church at a critical turning point, and an intimate portrait of the transformative power of personal conviction. The film examines the nature of faith, the universal struggle for gender equality and social justice, and the modern role of religion in society.  RadicalGraceFilm.com

Our Goal  

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to go directly towards editing Radical Grace. Your tax-deductible contribution, whether $1 or $1,000, will allow us to take one step closer to sharing this powerful and inspiring story with the world. If we are able to raise more than $20,000, we will begin to chip away at post-production costs like color correction, sound design, licensing archival material, and legal fees.  

Meet the Team!

Rebecca and Sister Simone
Rebecca and Sister Simone

Radical Grace is the baby of Rebecca Parrish, founder of Interchange Productions and wearer of many hats (director, producer, camera woman). From Rebecca: I began filming with the sisters in 2010 because I was drawn to the idea that working for social justice can be a spiritual practice. I have been moved by the sisters' as they respond to each obstacle with courage and integrity. I am so excited to share their story with you!   

Nicole Bernardi Reis keeps our all ducks in a row (producer). Katerina Simic is sculptor of the story (editor). Shuling Yong and Patrick Bresnahan make sure you can hear what people are saying (location sound recordists). The Kindling Group's Danny Alpert is our resident wizard of filmmaking. Kat White and the amazing team from KatLei Productions help us produce the project and supply you, our backers, with the amazing swag you see above. Radical Grace is a project of Interchange Productions and Kindling Group in association with KatLei Productions

You are also an invaluable part of our team. It takes a community to make a film and with your support, we will soon be ready to share the sisters' story with the world!

Be a part of Radical Grace!

Almost as important as your contribution is helping us spread the news about Radical Grace and our irrepressible sisters. The film has come this far because of the enthusiastic support of people who believe in the important work the sisters.

So share the love and spread the word!

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Prior Funding  

Since the beginning, Radical Grace has been blessed with support from countless individuals from all walks of life. We couldn't have made it this far without you.  

We are grateful to have also received prior support from The Fledgling Fund, KatLei Productions, the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Hartley Film Foundation, the Puffin Foundation and the Berger Family Foundation.  

Now, we are turning to Kickstarter to get us through the home stretch. With your support, we will finish this film!

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges in making a documentary film. It’s real life with the added layer of production. You have your story, yet circumstances change: people get sick, an amazing new subject comes on the scene or the Pope resigns for the first time in 600 years. The biggest challenge of all, however, is ensuring your story is told.

This is a critical time for the sisters and the movements that they are a part of. The sooner we are finished with the film, the bigger the impact it will make. We have a team of experienced filmmakers committed to finishing the film, and with your help we will raise the funds needed to make it all possible!

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    THE FEELING IS MUTUAL! As a thanks for sharing the love, you’ll get a warm and fuzzy VIRTUAL HUG FROM THE SISTERS AND FILMMAKERS, delivered as a video to your inbox. Plus, we'll give you a personal SHOUT-OUT* on social media and subscription to our rad NEWSLETTER featuring exciting updates about the film's progression.

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    MEDITATE WITH SISTER SIMONE: Be a part of something bigger! Sister Simone Campbell will lead you and other Radical Grace supporters in a live online meditation to “release hope into the darkness.” You will also receive a STREAMING LINK to watch the film after release +ABOVE REWARDS

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