Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Salve Regina": a documentary film on community

This is a film in the making, by the Devers brothers, one of whom (Brian Devers) is currently in my creative writing class, about the closing of a local Catholic girls school. Since Brian has a propensity for being tardy, I'm now convincing myself that he's just been working on this film in the labyrinths of some underground studio, and finds himself, like some cinematic Frankenstein, feverishly on the brink of his new creation.

In the words of the filmmakers, "Salve Regina is the story of the last semester of Regina High School, an all-girls Catholic school in South Euclid Ohio (A suburb of Cleveland) that will be closing its doors forever the end of the 2009-10 school year. We will be covering Regina's rich history and tradition in addition to its final moments. We will delve into what it takes to close a school and the many reasons behind Regina's end."

Here's their "Producer's Note"

We are so glad this trailer is finally getting to see the light of day. We had hoped to put it up in December, believe it or not. Instead of rushing it, we decided to compile as large a variety of images as we could. This trailer attempts to provide an example of a tone we'll convey in our documentary. Our story begins sadly with the closing of an institution, yet there is a concurrent human story which provides hope. We don't know where Regina's final months will take us, but we trust you'll consider joining us when we unveil our finished piece.

Those of you who've seen us around town know how hard we're working to produce the best documentary possible. We strive every day to craft a product worthy of Regina's legacy. We're independent from the school and proud of it. We want our film to be objective, thorough, and thought-provoking. To reach this lofty goal we need time and, of course, resources.

For those of you who may be interested in investing in a share of this film, we would love to hear from you. For those who can help by simply donating spare change, please do not hesitate to let us know. Perhaps you own a production company and might be willing to offer reduced rental fees...we would love to talk.

There is one resource, however, that is perhaps most important: your time. We would love to talk to you about your Regina experience. Tell us your story! Good, bad, or indifferent; we'd like to hear it. Please feel free to contact us any time at Thank you for your time.


P.S. If you happen to appear in the above trailer and you have not signed a release form, please let us know so we can sort that out. Thanks!


Rob Pitingolo said...

Having just seen a few good local films at the Cleveland Film Fest this week, I have to say that this looks fairly well produced. I hope it gets some attention once it's finished.

Brian Devers said...

Yes...of course...I'm tardy for a good reason, its genius! Thanks for the post Docta M. I never call you that.

Christopher Kempf said...

This looks awesome. My aunt went to Regina.