Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bringing Our Lady of Guadalupe to Life with Modern Film

The relationship with the Lady of Guadalupe and Writer Pedro Brenner began on January 1979 when then 4 year old Pedro was carried in Pope John Paul II's arms in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Little did Pedro know that 33 years later this same place would inspire Brenner to write the story of the Roman Catholic icon, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pedro came to a realization one day as he visited the place he had seen many times before in his life. 
"It was really hard for me to believe the basilica one day would be almost empty, when it usually takes hours just to get from any parking space available, to get in front of the image of our Lady of Guadalupe,” Pedro relates, “It made me really curious how could this icon, the essential building block of the Latin American culture, be forgotten?"

The emptiness of the once crowded holy place hit a creative nerve inside Brenner's soul.
“I made some calls to colleagues and friends here and there in news agencies, and discovered that organized crime had taken control of the paths used by the pilgrims traveling to Guadalupe every year. It just broke my heart to think of people walking hundreds of miles to come visit to the Virgin of Guadalupe and only to be attacked! This faith icon brings so much relief to millions of people around the world."

So Pedro began the process of bringing Our Lady of Guadalupe to the world through the art of modern film. The Latin American award winning filmmaker joined Forces With Seann Dougherty, Irish American writer, to bring the Miracle of Juan Diego to life in the modern era.
Lady of Guadalupe is an inspirational script with an influential suggested Latino cast including Selma Hayek, Demian Bichir, Jordi Molla, George Lopez, and Danny Trejo. The film is currently in the pre-production phase. Lady of Guadalupe is a film to be following, as the script is creating buzz before it even gets off the page.


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