Father James Martin is one of the most colorful figures in the American Catholic Church. As a Jesuit, he represents the so-called open church, which postulates a readiness to minister to those excluded by priests and bishops for years. He has authored books that popularize the faith with a sense of humor. In 2016, after the Orlando gay club massacre, he felt disappointed that church officials had not unequivocally condemned the murderer and felt it was his duty to teach the faithful about the rights of LGBTQ+ people, especially those who wish to be part of the Catholic Church. Martin's sermons formed a book called Building a Bridge, but also became the beginning of his troubles and attacks by not only the extreme right, but also some Church hierarchy. Does Father Martin, alone in his struggle, have a chance to overcome the prejudices of Catholics? Co-produced by Martin Scorsese, the film premiered at this year's Tribeca Festival.
Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $5,000 sponsored by BNY Mellon, Poland.
Evan Mascagni was a lawyer specializing in freedom of speech cases before making documentaries. Shannon Post is a director whose goal is to give voice to minorities and the excluded. They are, along with cinematographer Nick Capezzera, co-founders and owners of Player Piano Productions.
2015 Circle of Poison (doc.)
2021 Zbudować most / Building a Bridge (doc.)