Award-winning film Where There Is Darkness comes to Omaha

Award-winning film Where There Is Darkness comes to Omaha

The disappearance of a beloved priest leads to shocking revelations in the true crime documentary WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS, which makes its Omaha, NE debut from July 8 to 14, 2019. Where There is Darkness, a feature-length documentary by Stella Mar Films, has been selected by over 50 film festivals since being completed last year and has won more than 30 awards.   Told with a combination of actual footage, eyewitness videos, and re-enactments, the story follows the nationwide search for Fr. R...

Film about missing priest comes to Maryland International Film Festival

Film about missing priest comes to Maryland International Film Festival

The disappearance of a beloved priest leads to shocking revelations in the true crime documentary WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS, playing March 30 at the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown, MD. Now in its 8th year, the Maryland International Film Festival takes place in Hagerstown, Maryland from March 29 to 31, 2019. The festival was chosen as one of MovieMaker Magazine's Top 50 Film Festivals in 2017. Among the films selected to screen at the festival is Where There is Darkness, a ...

Worlds collide in sold-out showing of Where There Is Darkness

Worlds collide in sold-out showing of Where There Is Darkness

"It was the most emotionally powerful experience I've ever had in a movie theater." - Jesse, Screening Attendee VIDEO: ATHEIST FROM APPARITION HILL SHARES FR. RENE MOVIE An increasing number of people are bringing Where There Is Darkness to their towns by hosting screenings of the film, and the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive. Like many of these hosted screenings, the one recently organized by the Swoboda Family in Rockville, IL was used as a fundraiser—in this case f...

Movie about Catholic priest wins over 30 awards

Movie about Catholic priest wins over 30 awards

Our true crime documentary Where There is Darkness is being called one of the best documentaries of 2019 after winning over 30 awards and being chosen as an Official Selection in over 40 film festivals. Produced by Sean Bloomfield, Cimela Kidonakis, and Jessi Hannapel, the film documents the nationwide search for Fr. Rene Robert, a beloved priest who went missing in 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida.  The story culminates in a series of shocking revelations and the discovery of a 20-year-old ...

Internship with Stella Mar

Internship with Stella Mar

By Emily Black Now that the jetlag has dissipated and I have had time to reflect on the last few weeks, I’d like to share my experience of being an intern with Stella Mar Films. First of all, some context. When my mum, Ruth MacFarlane-Barrow, was nineteen years old she read that Mary the mother of God was appearing to a group of children in a town in Yugoslavia called Medjugorje. Together, my mum, my dad (her boyfriend at the time), two of my uncles, three cousins and some acquaintances made ...

Wrapping up filming for Fr. Rene movie

Wrapping up filming for Fr. Rene movie

by Emily Black.   Last week, the Stella Mar team travelled to St. Augustine for one of the final shoots for our upcoming film Where There is Darkness. The film is a true crime docudrama about Fr. Rene Robert who was murdered in 2016. What drew us to this story was a document that Fr. Rene signed before he died: 'the declaration of life.’ In this declaration, Fr. Rene stated that if he was the victim of a violent crime, the perpetrator was not to be subjected to the death penalty. Learn more ...