This program is made possible in part by a grant from the
Illinois Humanities Council,
the National Endowment
for the Humanities,
and the Illinois General Assembly.
This project is funded in part by a grant
from the Community Arts and
Humanities Grant Program of the
Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Rockford Area Arts Council, which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and its members.
Help fund post-production.
"We’re honored to support such an educational, culturally enriching, and socially constructive project."
– Illinois Humanities Council
"Sister Amataʼs voice is riveting: itʼs always a mix of calm and excitement; measured tones with ripples of wonder. This I think is the aural centre to the world depicted as captured through her psychological/ spiritual lens. The raw purity of the sound enhances the act of self-revelation/self-inquiry Sister Amata presents to us."
– Philip Brophy, filmmaker and artist
"(This) window into the world of contemplatives ... is a one-of-a-kind film - filling a void previously filled by Hollywood or perceived as so mysterious that stereotypes fill by default. ."
– Carol Coburn, PhD and Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Avila University
“With such a restrained hand you have successfully allowed the viewer to be completely drawn into this secret world. Above all else, your passion for this subject matter came through not just from your footage, but also your proficient treatment.”
– Artist Programs and Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute
“I worked one-on-one with Abbie Reese while she was in residence at the University of Bern’s Institute of Social Anthropology. I like both the visual quality of Abbie’s film work (her camera) as well as the close relationship she has with her protagonists. I found her idea of passing the camera to one of the nuns (from a point of view of Visual Anthropology) especially intriguing. The nun’s personal “video letters” (or diary) from the inside integrate well with Abbie’s work from the outside. There seems to be a dialogue, which not only works on the level of speech (conversations), but also on the visual level (camera). The potential for the field of Visual Anthropology that I find in this film project lies exactly in this double dialogue, which makes the film an ongoing experiment of collaboration and not just an insightful film about the nuns.”
– Luc Schaedler, PhD in Visual Anthropology and filmmaker
WALL OF THANKS
In Memory of Lou and Irene Bachrodt
Thomas and Rosemary Muldowney
In Memory of Margaret Feffer Rose & Robert and Kathryn Hanson
Rev. Thomas J. Doyle
Harvard University's Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Catholic Diocese of Rockford
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church – Aurora, IL
St. Joseph Catholic Church – Aurora, IL
St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church – Aurora, IL
St. Margaret Mary Church – Algonquin, IL
Holy Cross Catholic Church – Batavia, IL
St. James Catholic Church – Belvidere, IL
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St. Patrick Catholic Church – Hartland, IL
St. Mary Catholic Church – Huntley, IL
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – North Aurora, IL
St. Rita Catholic Church – Rockford, IL
St. Peter Catholic Church – South Beloit, IL
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church – Sugar Grove, IL
Newman Catholic Student Center
St. Joseph & Sons
Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women
Lumen Christi Institute
Institute on Religious Life
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism
Knights of Columbus Bishop Romeo Blanchette Assembly 3044
Rockford Chapter Knights of Columbus
Joliet Chapter Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus St. Mary Council No. 11666 – Huntley, IL
Knights of Columbus St. Rita Council No. 7624 – Rockford, IL
Knights of Columbus St. James Council No. 735 – Belvidere, IL
Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4849 – Aurora, IL