My first ever documentary is in the books. When I came to California just over a month ago I had no idea what to expect. After some great mentoring by some wonderful people at FNX I can now call myself a documentary filmmaker. The issue of Father Junipero Serra's upcoming canonization by the Catholic church has dawn a line in the sand between those who hold California's Mission era in high regard and others who claim Spain's dominance on the Indigenous People lead to heartache and death. Despite opinion, the facts are clear. More than 100,000 of California's Indigenous People died under Spanish rule in the Mission Era well only five percent were converted to Christianity and assimilated into Spanish culture. Many California Indigenous People lost their lives under Serra's direct rule, despite him never administering corporal punishment firsthand.
FNX will show the world premiere of the 30-minute documentary "Saint: The Canonization of Junipero Serra " at the 29 Palms Spotlight Casino on August 7, 2015 in Coachella, Calif. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Medjool Room. There will be refreshments as well as a panel discussion featuring cast and crew members of the production. If you are in the Southern California area, please join us for an evening of education and discussion. There is no cost for admission to this event.
Watch the film trailer here: