A COMING OF AGE STORY

A FORMER BLOGGER SHARES HER JOURNEY INTO A CLOISTERED RELIGIOUS oRDER

wHOSE MEMBERS SEEK ANONYMITY AND OBSERVE MONASTIC SILENCE

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UPCOMING

Chicago Premiere!
Chosen will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street, May 25-27 & 31.
There will be audience discussions following each of the four screenings.
Friday, May 25, 8:15 pm: Director | Editor | Producer Abbie Reese, with Matt Lauterbach, consulting editor
Saturday, May 26, 5 pm: Q&A with Abbie Reese, moderated by Joyce Duriga, editor of Chicago Catholic
Sunday, May 27, 7:30 pm: Q&A with Abbie Reese, moderated by Dan Dineen,
director of community engagement at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
Thursday, May 31, 8 pm: Q&A with Abbie Reese, moderated by Laura Demanski, editor of the University of Chicago Magazine

Thursday, June 28
Dangerous Oral Histories, a joint conference of the Oral History Society and Oral History Network of Ireland
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

You can also watch this 2.5-minute trailer on YouTube at http://bit.ly/ChosenthefilmTrailer

 
 

Programmers' NOTES

"I've watched it twice and honestly - wow. I love it. The style is perfect; the editing maintains pace and the content is very interesting and private without seeming either too observational or too intruding. Heather is a fantastic character and her enthusiasm and self-awareness shine throughout the project."
– Beckie Stocchetti, Executive Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival

"There is a beauty in the personal, handmade quality of this film that made one feel so close to the subject. It felt like we were being told a secret, contemplating the life of those on screen with a muted intensity — almost in a way similar to a prayer."
– Donna Kozloskie, Features Programmer for Citizen Jane Film Festival

"This feature gives a rare insight into the life of such a secluded religious order and one can only appreciate and respect the choice these women make in the search of their destiny and purpose in life."
– Cleveland International Film Festival
 
It was wonderfully startling
to see a film
that is totally woman-based.
— CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
(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

 
 

 
 

AWARDED

• BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM BY SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

• THIRD PLACE FEATURE FILM by MIRABILE DICTU - INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL in warsaw

• AMBITIOUS FEATURE BY FESTIVAL ANGAELICA

AN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT FESTIVALS ON FOUR CONTINENTS, INCLUDING

• RIGA PASAULES FILM FESTIVAL, LATVIA (EUROPEAN PREMIERE, WORLD PREMIERE)

• THE 45TH EDITION OF ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL (USA PREMIERE)

• GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL (UK PREMIERE)

• SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AUSTRALIA PREMIERE)

• LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, ARGENTINA (SOUTH AMERICA PREMIERE)

• THE 31ST ANNUAL PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND ANTHROPOLOGY FILM FESTIVAL, ESTONIA

• THE 32ND INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM AND MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL, KSF NIEPOKALANA 2017, POLAND

• FESTIVAL ANGAELICA, FORMERLY THE COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA

• MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

 

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