Stella Maris makes its television debut this Sunday

Stella Maris, in association with Louisiana Public Broadcasting and New Orleans PBS Station WLAE, is pleased to announce that Hand of the Master: The Art and Life of Dom Gregory De Wit will make its television debut this Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 7 PM CST.

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The film has already proven to be a run-away success in festivals and local screenings, but this occasion marks the first time that Stella Maris will reach broadcast audiences.

The film will air this Sunday at 7 PM and a second time at 9 PM and can be seen on the stations listed below:

Watch WLAE-TV:

COX – Ch. 714 & 1014
CHARTER – Ch. 11 & 711
AT&T, DISH – Ch. 32
COMCAST – Ch. 1032 (Houma)
RTC – Ch. 2 (Reserve)
VISION COMMUNICATIONS- Channel 32 *Also on HD Tier (Larose, Lockport, Golden Meadow, Raceland, Matthews, Cutoff, Galliano, Leeville and Grand Isle)
32.1 – WLAE HD
32.2 – WLAE Encore
32.3 – Catholic TV


Two Chances to see Hand of the Master!

Louisiana residents will soon have two chances to see Stella Maris' newest film, Hand of the Master: The Art and Life of Dom Gregory De Wit on the big screen. The event is free of charge and DVDs will be available for sale. Filmmaker David Michael Warren will attend both events to meet viewers and answer questions about the project.

The first event will be hosted at Holy Guardian Angels Church in Bridge City, LA on August 4th at 7 PM.

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The second event will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baton Rouge, LA on August 18th at 5:30 PM. Sacred heart Church is home to some of De Wit's most iconic work. If you plan on coming on the 18th, be sure to RSVP according to the directions at the bottom of the flier.

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Trailer Arrives for "Hand of the Master"

Stella Maris Productions has finally released a trailer for the much-anticipated documentary, Hand of the Master: The Art and Life of Dom Gregory De Wit.  The film tells the story of a Benedictine monk and artist who painted an incredibly vast body of work in the United States and Europe. Check out the trailer and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!

Slow Dance heads to Italy!

Slow Dance With Me was named an Official Selection of The 2017 Geo Film Festival and Cinema Expo. The film festival will take place on November 9th in one of the most famous walled cities in Italy, the Citadella.

The festival has hosted other films and filmmakers that have gone on to win Academy Awards and participated in the Cannes Film Fest. Slow Dance was selected from 920 short films that were submitted from 52 countries around the world. 

This event marks Stella Maris' first international screening. Stay tuned for more!

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Stella Maris announces new film, "Hand of the Master"

Stella Maris is pleased to announce its forthcoming documentary project, Hand of the Master: The Art and Life of Dom Gregory De Wit.

The project was produced over the summer of 2017 and features in-depth interviews, rare photos, and never-before-seen footage of the iconic monk-artist Dom Gregory De Wit. The film required the assistance of churches and abbeys throughout the United States and Europe where De Wit made his mark.  The film is narrated by renowned singer/songwriter Kitty Cleveland.

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"Slow Dance" wins Top Prize at UNO Film Fest

This Sunday, Slow Dance With Me was recognized as "Best Louisiana Short"  at the UNO Film Fest. The award comes as yet another recognition of the talented cast and crew behind this incredible project.

You can learn more about this year's winners at the UNO Film Fest Website here:

http://unofilmfest.wixsite.com/2017

*Awards Packages range from $50- $5000. Past sponsors include: Available Lighting, Final Draft, FotoKem, 4:4:4 Camera, Pro Sound, NOLA 48 Hour Film Fest, Local 478, Celtx, NOVAC, The Holding Tent, Movie Magic, Scrivener, New Orleans Film Society, Worklight, AMP'D Studio, Reginelli's Pizzeria, Pizza Delicious, American Luxury Limousines, Purple Monkey, Bad Boy Mowers, The Black List, and Abita Brewery

Stay posted for more updates!

Loyola University recognizes success of "Slow Dance" actress Emily Gyan

Loyola University College of Music & Fine Arts recognized the success of recent alum and Slow Dance With Me lead actress, Emily Gyan.

Citing her career as an actress, a singer,  a Victory Belle at the National WWII Museum, and model, the article applauds Emily's tremendous work ethic and her dedication to her craft.

Her work as a Victory Belle has opened numerous opportunities both personally and professionally; ‘I have traveled around the country performing with such talented, kind-hearted, strong women. My most exciting opportunities thus far have been that I sang the national anthem at a Saints Game with the Victory Belles and also performed on Ellis Island in New York City for the Medals of Honor Ceremony this past May’...
— Article by Emma Schillage

The article continues as Emily describes her experience working with Stella Maris.

Gyan has had success beyond her work as a Victory Belle although much of it seems to revolve around the same era. One of her most recent projects includes her work on a short film about young love during World War II called “Slow Dance with Me,” written and directed by David Michael Warren, released earlier this year on Amazon Prime.

Gyan revealed that the experience helped challenge her in the techniques of film acting. She says, “I’ve always been a stage actress, but performing for the camera was exhilarating and I learned so much. We had an incredibly talented and supportive team working on the production and it was a really safe space to create.” It seems her hard work has paid off. “Slow Dance with Me” is available on Amazon Prime and is currently enjoying 4.3/5 stars on Amazon and a 9.1/10 rating on IMDB.
— Article by Emma Schillage

Film Festival Time! Warren and Schneider selected to show film at Mandeville Festival

The Slidell Independent and Tammany West newspapers both covered a story about the success of Stella Maris' short film, Slow Dance With Me.

Stella MarisFilms, formed in 2013, was selected as one of the companies to show off their new short film, “Slow Dance with Me,” which will be among a host of incredibly interesting, unique and still mostly unknown films at the fifth annual Pontchartrain Film Festival, which will be held this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, at the Mandeville Trailhead.
For Warren, and his partner filmmaker Walter Schneider, Stella Maris Films is an attempt to be in charge of working for themselves and making films in a way that allows them to set their own hours and have a family, plus a Hollywood career...[“Slow Dance With Me”] has also been picked as one of only 44 films out of 400 that were submitted for the New York Jazz Film Festival. The film was also selected for the Art Nonstop Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
— Slidell News Bureau, Article by Kevin Chiri
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Walter Schneider and David Warren discuss their experiences making Slow Dance With Me.

Warren went on to describe his personal experiences in the film industry and what led him to start Stella Maris Productions with his partner, Walter Schneider.

‘I talked to all these awesome actors and producers—it was training that was invaluable. But the hours were brutal. I worked 70 to 80 hours a week, left for work before my wife got up, and returned home after she was in bed.’
For the young married couple it wasn’t their ideal way to have a life together, which now includes a 4-month-old son who has joined the family.
Schneider, 29, became a friend to Warren when they both attended the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since that time, Schneider has received tremendous acclaim for a young industry man of his own. His 2014 work on the film, “12 Years A Slave” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Production Design, and his work on the 2015 film, “Trumbo,” was nominated for the Art Director’s Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design. He has also been recognized by two Emmy nominations in Outstanding Art Direction.
Both young filmmakers moved to St. Tammany Parish several years ago when the state was creating more films with special state tax incentives, many of which were reduced tremendously in the past legislative session.
’Walter and I want to carve out our own path and prove you can have a career in this industry, and have a family at the same time,’ Warren said...
— -Slidell News Bureau, Article by Kevin Chiri

Confessions of a Choreographer

Professional dancer Mary Seghers recently sat down to share her experiences choreographing Slow Dance With Me.

...Whoever said, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” obviously was not an artist. The beautiful thing about being a professional artist is that your business is personal. You are creating pieces, films, art to share with the world, to make the world a little more interesting and beautiful. Each project is a part of you. When I was teaching these actors to dance the Foxtrot, I wasn’t just thinking of the steps slow, slow, quick, quick, I was brought back to the 1940’s. I was transported to the hours I spent with my father and family watching old black and white war time films with Gene Kelly or Cary Grant. I remembered the countless Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies I watched, eyes glued to the screen as they glided across the dance floor. These were the films, the dancers that inspired me to become a dancer, and now I was able to travel back to their time and be a part of their world for a short while...
— Mary Seghers
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