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May 18, 2011
Thank you very much for the heartening response to my request for assistance for our scriptwriters, who are working on a final draft of the film script of Father Elijah. We reached our objective because of your generosity. And many who couldn’t send a donation gave the priceless gift of prayer. From time to time I will be updating you on developments. Above all, I beg for your continued prayers that the Lord will “make a way through the desert.” If the spiritual message of this story is to be preserved intact and reach many souls, we will be facing a relentless battle. In fact, it has already begun.
There will always be a struggle whenever there are souls who will be helped to turn in the direction of salvation, by the grace of God working through an instrument of culture. There are trials and there are periods of testing when we must put one foot after another in total faith that Jesus is the Master of the Impossible. His “methodology” with us is to ask that we first make an act of total faith, and once we have put our feet on the path of abandonment, then comes confirmation and the resources to continue forward.
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!
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Sept 28, 2011
Today, an update on the new filmscript for Father Elijah. As you will see in the message below, the project has been completed and discussions are underway with potential producers and funders. Much prayer is needed. Above all other considerations, please pray for God's holy will to be done in this work. If it is His will that a film be made of my novel, prayers and sacrifices will be the necessary foundation for its artistic and spiritual quality, and for the bearing of good fruit in many souls.
As I write this newsletter, the words of the Eastern Rite liturgy come to mind:
"With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundredfold." (Apolytikion for the Feast of St. John Climacus).
Christ's grace and peace be with you in ever greater measure,
Michael D. O'Brien
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From Anton Casta:
Father Elijah Film Project | September Update
I'd like to personally thank all those who have responded to the Father Elijah film script appeal, which raised more than $8500 in donations and many offerings of prayer and solidarity. A big thank you to my script readers and production consultants, especially John O'Brien my benevolent co-writer for finding time during his summer break to add his keen perspective and editorial skills to the new screenplay and Steve Thomas who connected us to Fr. McCloskey and through whom we received an open door to several Catholic producers on this side of the Atlantic. And a special note of gratitude to Michael O'Brien for his unswerving support and whose appeal letter and consequent stream of donations allowed this re-write and new production effort to gain traction.
May our Lord, who is never outdone in generosity, bless you all.
Your beneficence has allowed the completion of a fresh script, building upon the strong lineage of the first it moves some elements forward into a contemporary political landscape while remaining true to the spiritual drama which is its core. This screenplay is now in the hands of several parties who are considering varying degrees of involvement. It is a difficult time to find independent money to fund a film production of this magnitude and so I ask for your continued prayers and support.
Here is a visual preview of some of the locations where the Father Elijah screenplay unfolds:
A detailed budget is in the works, as is an effort to connect with other producers, top-tiered directors, and sympathetic talent behind and in front of the lens. Raising awareness and declarations of support will help us on the financial end and the mysterious distribution side of the equation, which must be tackled and secured before the first frame of film is shot.
David Moss of The Association of Hebrew Catholics wrote to me weeks ago:
"I sent a copy of Fr. Elijah to Fr. Friedman and Fr. Friedman then asked me when he could have possibly been interviewed for the book. I told him that the character in the book was wholly of Michael O'Brien's imagination, that he had known nothing of Fr. Friedman. Needless to say, Fr. Friedman was simply amazed at the similarities."
That's Father Elias (Elijah) Freidman! More information about Fr. Friedman and the Association can be found here:
God willing, I hope in the near future to snag Michael O'Brien for a "making of Father Elijah featurette" so he can share with us the many coincidences that dot a trajectory course to the writing of his novel. Fr. Elias being one such ah-ha moment after the completion of the Father Elijah novel. It is a reminder of God's transcendent subjectivity, and the many ways in which he is present to us through coincidental events. If we would remember to connect all the dots we would begin to see the outline of his radiant fatherly face.
Again, thank you all for helping us pitch a little tent in the desert under the shadow of a fiery mountain called "Yes".