VIDEO: “American Prophet,” based on the life of Bishop Gumbleton, begins principal photography

Jasmine Rivera’s fifth narrative, American Prophet, begins filming in November of 2014. A cast and crew of award-winning Michigan filmmakers are producing this new inspirational film based on the life of Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, set in 1968 Detroit.

The film is a meditation on racism, segregation and violence, but also an exploration of faith, justice, and the courage required of those who seek to bring peace to our world.

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Based on the life of internationally-renowned peace and social justice advocate Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, American Prophet’s inspirational coming of age story unfolds in settings that range from the humble city parishes of Detroit to the hockey rinks where Thomas and his friends – the United States’ only hockey team for priests – play. Set in the aftermath of the Detroit riots and in the tumultuous days of 1968, American Prophet is a unique glimpse at a past whose struggles resonate to our day as well as the portrait of a young man who learns to come into his own.

About the Director

As a filmmaker Jasmine Rivera has written, directed and produced media for various clients in addition to creating narrative films. Her most recent film Nain Rouge won thesis honors at Columbia University as well as numerous awards for Best Short Film and Best Director at film festivals around the country, including the Great Lakes international Film Festival, the Frankfort Film Festival, the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, the Lake Michigan Film Competition as well as Best Michigan Short Film at the Detroit Independent and Uptown Film Festival. Jasmine is the recipient of the Loreen Arbus Award for Women in Film and Television and is a former Junior Media Fellow at the United Nations University and is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Kresge Fellowship in Film.

For all inquires please reach out to Christian Gerlitz.

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