Gubbio Guests Play a Part in Documentary Film
In June, Francisco Guijarro and his crew came to film a few scenes for the documentary "Moses" (read more about the film here
) in St. Boniface. As part of this project, Guijarro opted to include guests who regularly sleep on the pews to be extras in several scenes. The guests were able to stay to see the filming, have small roles and get paid while doing it!
Here is a brief interview with Francisco about the day of filming:
Fr. Kirk, OFM, plays a role he knows well (priest) in "Moses: The Movie"
Gubbio: Why did you decide to include Gubbio guests in the filming?
Fran: We were filming a fictional sequence to be included as part of a documentary film. That's why we wanted everything to look as real as possible, including all the people on camera. Gubbio is in my heart, not only as a filmmaker but as a human being, and I wanted to portrait its magic for real.
G: How was it to work with guests as actors?
F: I was very lucky to know some of the guests that acted as extras, and they did an awesome job. Tina [Gubbio staff] did a great 'casting' before the shoot and that was crucial to the success of the process. And when you have good casting, directing becomes easy. Father Kirk, who plays his own role as a priest, also did an outstanding performance as one of the secondary characters of the sequence.
G: How did the day go from a film perspective?
F: We ended up having a very successful shoot. In fact, we wrapped up half an hour before the time we had scheduled, which is pretty unusual. We went through a small moment of 'crisis' when the film got jammed inside the camera. But everything went on perfectly afterwards. I guess it was meant to be that way.
G: Anything else you want to say?
F: Moses told me he had a blast during the filming and that [he] was very happy to see some of the people he met on the street and that he hadn't seen in a long time. Kevin, one of the guests, also came to me and told me that he had had a great time. The entire crew, on both the Gubbio and the film sides, made this happen, and I'm extremely thankful for that.
Without the help of Laura, Tina and Emma, none of this would have happened.
"This is your home, and he is pleased that you are here" ~ From the Director
On July 1st, Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican. Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, spent the entire evening with the special guests, with whom he chatted at length and shared personal experiences, telling them before dinner was served: "I welcome you in the name of the Pope. As you know, this is your home, and he is pleased that you are here."
A response from a guest in a recent survey we did answering the question: Do you feel like you belong in the Gubbio Project? Why or why not? Answer: Yes, because Tina and Carlos (our Hospitality Monitors) treat people with love. High praise indeed. 90% of our surveyed guests responded that they feel like they belong.
A youth group from Pennsylvania visited The Gubbio Project on the 23rd of August. I asked them to get into pairs and reflect on what, if any, Bible story came to mind when they thought about what we are doing here at Gubbio. In the brief back, one student shared "Noah's Ark." Explaining he said, "the guests are safe in the church, like Noah and his family and the animals were safe on the ark from all that was going on outside. They didn't know where they were going, but for the time being they were safe and being watched over." Amen - a great interpretation and connection to what Gubbio is about - creating a welcoming, safe homespace for folks living on the streets.
~ Laura Slattery