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Apparition Hill goes to Hollywood

Andre Luiz
Medjugorje : Apparition Hill is also getting noticed by Hollywood Steve McEveety, producer of films like The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, recently watched the movie with his wife. "Just watc…More
Medjugorje : Apparition Hill is also getting noticed by Hollywood

Steve McEveety, producer of films like The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, recently watched the movie with his wife.

"Just watched your film with Susie," he told us in an email. "Really great! She cried a lot. She never cries during movies. You made a wonderful film."

Throughout the last few months, several members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® have been deeply touched by Apparition Hill. These leaders of the film industry vote on which films will win Academy Awards® (also known as the Oscars®).

Academy member Doris Owens happened to sit down for Apparition Hill at a charity event for a friend. Doris did not intend to watch the entire film, but it grabbed her attention until the end. Like most of the audience, she was moved to tears.

"I watch a couple hundred films a year," said Doris. "I got into the Academy in 1998 and I take it very seriously. So, watching your film today, I felt, almost—I don't know how to describe it—realness. The word I would use is realness."

David Pacheco helped animate classic films like The Little Mermaid,The Fox and The Hound, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and he currently serves as Creative Director at The Walt Disney Company. He was so moved by Apparition Hill that he suggested we submit the film for Academy consideration in the Best Documentary Feature category.

"I'm a member of the Academy," said David, "and given the true emotions your film brought out in me, I know that so many others would be touched by it. I know Our Mother would like this film to reach many others. Perhaps this may be another way to do so."

At first, we thought it sounded like an impossible dream. After all, Stella Mar Films is just a small company, and Apparition Hill deals with things like miracles and spirituality, subjects which aren't necessarily embraced by Hollywood.

But David reminded us that it wouldn't be the first time a movie about Marian apparitions got recognized by the Academy. In 1943, The Song of Bernadette (a film about Lourdes) won four Oscars® and three Golden Globe® Awards.

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