Friday, June 3, 2016

Upon This Rock is now available to stream as a rental for $1.99 or a download for $6.99!

Upon This Rock is an examination of monastery life around a one hundred thirty foot rock outcrop upon which a monk hopes to live and become the first stylite there in six hundred years.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Upon This Rock Release

After many delays we have finally released our short documentary, Upon This Rock. It is now available on DVD through Amazon or for a discount, the DVD or Blu-Ray can be purchased directly through the official website. It is also available to stream through Vimeo On Demand.

Upon This Rock examines monastery life at the foot of Katskhi Pillar and introduces Fr. Maxim. It is a contemplative film that provides the prologue to the feature length film that is still in development. We continue to seek major funding to begin production on the feature but are dedicated now to getting Upon This Rock distributed as widely as possible.

Thank you for your interest and please continue to help us spread the word.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Project Update

It has been a long time since we've posted.  Over the last eight months we have been working to get the word out about Upon This Rock, a short documentary and featurette for The Stylite.  It was shot during a research trip to the Republic of Georgia in September of 2011 and premiered in Hollywood, California in January of 2013.  We anticipate that it will be available on DVD by the end of the year.

With the article about Fr. Maxim recently published by The Huffington Post, we have received a marked increase in traffic at our website and people are starting to find their way to the project.  This has given us much needed momentum and we're now planning to take Upon This Rock on tour next year.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Upon This Rock will have it's world premiere in Hollywood, California at Sunset Gower Studios as part of the NewFilmmakers LA showcase.  Writer/Director Stephen Riehl and Composer/Sound Designer Shawn Kelly will be in attendance.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Upon this Rock

We have just completed the short documentary Upon this Rock from the footage shot during our research trip last September.  You can watch the extended trailer here. It has been conceived as a prologue for The Stylite. We hope to use it to raise interest in the feature length project and the film will soon be making its rounds on the festival circuit.

Upon this Rock documents a day in the life around the pillar starting with a special midnight mass for the feast of St. Simeon, the first known Stylite.  Thanks to the cooperation of Father Maxim and the rest of the monks that live and work at the St. Simeon monastery we were able to capture their life with nearly total access.

The Stylite is a much more ambitious project and is being developed as an experimental documentary in which we hope to create through sound design and choreographed camera movement a film that resembles an ancient palimpsest in which Father Maxim's story and that of an unseen traveler drawn to the pillar from the city overlay one another.  The traveler will not be shown on screen, but rather the audience will experience the story through the traveler's experiences.

Work continues in earnest, and we hope to begin principal photography as soon as major funding is secured.      


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy New Year

The New Year marks the end of our first year in development with The Stylite and we hope to begin principal photography by the end of this year. Currently, we are completing Upon this Rock, a short documentary about Katskhi Pillar and Fr. Maxim. We plan to premiere it at the first of several fundraising events this year before taking it onto the film festival circuit. In addition, the completion of the short will mark the beginning of our Kickstarter campaign.

With your help, we hope to build a grassroots following while simultaneously garnering interest from the industry. Please check our Facebook page for updates on fundraisers and screenings. If you would like to help organize a screening and fundraiser in your area, please contact us directly at:

Also, if you haven't already, please join our quarterly newsletter as it will provide behind the scenes information that isn't available anywhere else. The winter quarterly is due out soon and will feature an excerpt from our proposal which will give an exclusive glimpse at the vision of not only The Stylite but the two other films of the cycle. You can join the newsletter either by going to the official website or our Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two Weeks in the Caucasus

We have just finished a very successful research trip in which we've captured about 6 hours of footage that we hope to use for a short documentary and trailer to help promote the film.

The research trip started with four days of location scouting in Tbilisi’s old town in which we found two promising locations for the beginning of the film in which the history of Georgia is told in one continuous shot with a traditional Georgian choir connecting past to present. The first location is in a narrow alley adjacent to an ancient church with grapes hanging overhead from a trellis. We liked the idea of grapes hanging overhead as Georgia is one of the oldest wine making countries in the world and wine has played a major part in the country's cultural identity. The second location we found is in the Narikala Fortress on the hills above old town. We liked the texture and the fact that after a tracking shot a pan will reveal Tbilisi’s old and new quarters in one frame.

We then traveled to Katskhi village located about three hours northwest of Tbilisi and 10min. from the pillar. On our first night we went to the pillar to introduce ourselves to Father Maxim. He welcomed us with a bottle of wine and a plate of bread, cheese, and sausage. We explained the project to him and asked if we could spend a few days shooting around the pillar and the monastery below. Initially he was reluctant to allow us to film the monks but gradually they warmed to us and invited us to join them for dinner. We also spent half a day working with them as they gathered building supplies for a new roof. Our trip culminated in our being allowed to film their night service for St. Simon the Stylite on St. Simon’s day.
Now, as we catalogue the footage and start to put it together, we are actively moving towards raising the money necessary to shoot the feature length film.