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 ...

How to bring Where There Is Darkness to your town

How to bring Where There Is Darkness to your town

There's never been a better time to host a screening of our film Where There Is Darkness, and here's why... In case you haven't heard, the documentary tells the story of a beloved priest who was kidnapped and murdered, resulting in a miraculous story of God's love.After working on the movie for two years, we need your help to get this important story out into the world.Some of those who hosted our previous film Apparition Hill have already had successful, profitable screenings of Where There ...

Where There Is Darkness Crowdfunding

Where There Is Darkness Crowdfunding

 Help us bring Fr. Rene's story to the world Fr. Rene Robert devoted his life to those in need, but he was killed by someone he tried to help—someone he called a friend. Prosecutors pushed for the death penalty after 28-year-old Stephen Murray confessed to the crime, but nothing could stop Fr. Rene from fighting for what he believed in—not even death.  Free Gifts for Supporters Stella Mar Films documented this powerful true story for two years! The film is finally complete, but the costs o...

Houston filmmaker hosts encore of award-winning film

Houston filmmaker hosts encore of award-winning film

New crime documentary recounts the kidnapping of Catholic priest   Houston, TX — The 2016 disappearance of beloved Florida priest Fr. Rene Robert is the subject of a new documentary by production company Stella Mar Films, and Houston residents have another chance to see the film this Thursday, January 24. (buy tickets here) The encore Houston screening of Where There is Darkness is being hosted by the filmmakers themselves, including co-director/producer Cimela Kidonakis, a Houston local and ...

Gerard Butler directs Nativity play in Haiti

Gerard Butler directs Nativity play in Haiti

SEE THE VIDEO BELOW When our Scottish friend Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow asked us to join him and actor Gerard Butler on a trip to Haiti, we jumped at the chance. Well, actually we flew! Our mission: to document the work that Mary's Meals is doing in Haiti and create a series of online videos to help this amazing charity feed even more children around the world. We have a special place in our heart for this charity, the story of which is part of our next feature-length documentary Cross Mountain...

Filmmakers to host first Space Coast peak of new film

Filmmakers to host first Space Coast peak of new film

The 2016 disappearance of beloved St. Augustine priest Fr. Rene Robert is the subject of a new documentary by Central Florida-based production company Stella Mar Films, and residents of the Space Coast have a chance to see a Sneak Peak of the rought cut on Sunday, December 16, in the area’s first-ever showing of the film. Filmmakers Sean Bloomfield, Cimela Kidonakis and Jessi Hannapel have been documenting the story for over two years. Although they are still working on the final cut of the f...

Where There Is Darkness meets Medjugorje

Where There Is Darkness meets Medjugorje

We recently held the first European showing of our new film Where There Is Darkness in Mostar, near Medjugorje. The cinema was full of locals from Medjugorje as well visitors from other countries, and when the film ended, there were few dry eyes in the theater... but also lots of smiles. We were thrilled that the visionary Mirjana Soldo came from Medjugorje to see the movie with her family. She told us that she loved the film, especially its message of forgiveness and God's love, and that ...

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 ...

Good and evil collide during Mirjana's June 2 apparition

Good and evil collide during Mirjana's June 2 apparition

Many of our pilgrims decided to spend the night near the Blue Cross at the base of Apparition Hill to be close to visionary Mirjana Soldo.