The Philippines-based producers of “Ignacio,” a feature-length film about St. Ignatius of Loyola, have launched a second crowd-funding campaign on IndieGogo. So far, $165 has been raised. Nearly every donation level receives a free gift.
The Jesuit Communications Foundation, a media organization in the Philippines that produces audiovisual materials for education and evangelization, has the script and staff for “Ignacio”; they’ve scouted filming locations in Spain. Once financial backing is secured, production will begin. There’s a 6-minute promotional video posted at Vimeo.
Interest in St. Ignatius was renewed when Pope Francis became the first Jesuit elected by the conclave of cardinals at the Vatican in 2013. St. Ignatius is the founder and spiritual father of the Jesuit order.
A feature-length movie about the 16th-century Spaniard hasn’t been made since the late 1940s, according to the Rev. Emmanuel Alfonso, executive director of the foundation. That black-and-white movie, “El Capitan de Loyola,” was filmed in Spanish with English subtitles.
Due to the dearth of popular media on the saint, the foundation decided to retell St. Ignatius’ story for a modern audience, especially the youth.
“If you want to talk to [the youth], you must engage them in media,” Alfonso said.
The foundation’s last crowdfunding IndieGoGo campaign raised $6,312. The second campaign ends Dec. 19; the foundation hopes to raise $50,000.