UPDATE: This film WON second place in the “short documentary” category at the 2017 Maumee Film Festival! Watch co-founders Katie and Brian Rutter’s update from the festival here.
Brooklyn hipsters find religion when Franciscans open a mission in their neighborhood. This short video outlines the friars’ evangelization efforts as they struggle to connect with the locals. The “hipsters” of Williamsburg, Brooklyn typically reject mainstream culture, including institutional religion. Dubbing a dying Slovak church the “San Damiano Mission,” the friars hit the streets to meet the residents where they are. They host music concerts, cookouts and have replaced the church’s wooden doors, previously secured by a chain and padlock, with a sleek glass panel entrance. Just as their founder, St. Francis of Assisi, was commanded to “rebuild my church,” the friars say they are rebuilding the spiritual church in Williamsburg.
The Brooklyn station NET-TV requested an exclusive interview with producer Katie Rutter to talk about the message and purpose of the film.