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Project of the Day: Getting Holy in Narrative, “The Garden of Steven”

Project of the Day: Getting Holy in Narrative, "The Garden of Steven"

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The Garden of Steven” 

Tweetable Logline:

A wayward missionary is caught in an endless spiral of sin and repentance but today’s going to be different. He’s hell bent on getting holy.  

Elevator Pitch: 

A Guatemalan cobbler asks a missionary:

If I didn’t know about God and sin, would I go to hell? No, says the missionary, not if you did not know. Then why, asks the cobbler, did you tell me?

Steven Castle, a wayward missionary, is caught in an endless spiral of sin and repentance; but today’s going to be different. He’s just arrived in Guatemala and he’s hell bent on getting holy.

Spiritual and sweet, dark and funny, The Garden of Steven tells the story of Steven’s struggles with the biggest questions of life. His story is just like ours.  

Production Team: 

Writer, Director, Actor: Chris Keener
Writer, Director: Rob Shore
Executive Producer: Ian Fay
Producer, B-Cam: Nick Fitzhugh
Associate Producer, Production Manager: Matt Tanski
Director of Photography: Nathan Golan

About this Production: 

I found myself in the missionary position when I was 20 years old, working at an evangelical orphanage in Guatemala for 6 months. The hands-on work was undoubtedly rewarding and beneficial but the religious contingencies seemed a bit manipulative and unsavory. I’ve wanted to revisit these themes of good intentions and evangelism ever since. I found a group of like-minded collaborators a year ago and the project developed from there. Dark comedy seemed the obvious choice for the story, and Guatemala is this incredibly visual, culturally robust, colorful, and sometimes very troubling place – any filmmakers dream location.  

Current Status:


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