Two faith-themed films with Oklahoma ties will be featured at the deadCenter Film Festival in Oklahoma City.
“Sewing Hope,” which tells the true story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, of Uganda, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. “Light From the Darkroom,” a fictional story written by Kathleen Rooney, of Tulsa, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
‘Light From the Darkroom’
The film written by Rooney is directed by Lance McDaniel, executive director of the deadCenter Film Festival.
McDaniel said Rooney contacted him through deadCenter’s board Chairman Xavier Neira because she wanted to make the movie in Oklahoma so she could support the growing film industry in the state.
“We worked hard to hire an almost exclusively Oklahoma crew to bring her wonderful story to life,” he said. “‘Light From the Darkroom’ was one of the most rewarding projects I have been a part of because we were all working together to create something uplifting and spiritual.”
In an interview from Washington, D.C., Rooney said she is thrilled to know that Oklahomans will get to see her film.
She said the film recently was shown at the John Paul II International Film Festival in Miami, Fla., but “this (deadCenter) is really the big one because it was made in Oklahoma and so much of the supporting cast is from Oklahoma.”
Rooney, who is Roman Catholic, said the idea for the film’s premise came to her when she was in Rome with her husband, Francis, when he served as ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008.
She said it centers on the threat to religious liberty, a big topic of conversation among people she and her husband visited with during his tenure as ambassador. The film examines the role of faith beliefs held by different characters and is set in Panama and China. As part of the story, evidence captured on a roll of film creates conflict between the movie’s characters, she said.