Christopher Summa Poster


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Born in New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Christopher Summa is the director and producer of the acclaimed feature-length documentary "The Boy Who Found Gold" about world-renowned artist and Roman Catholic priest William Hart McNichols. Prior to this he directed four award-winning short films that played at numerous festivals internationally including the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He's won film grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts as well as the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. He received special recognition at The Brooklyn Film Festival for his unique union of Italian-American and African-American themes in his work. Summa spent a year at the Actors Studio in New York and was also an invited guest at the Work Center of Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, Italy. He credits these two experiences with creating his method of working with actors. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York city.

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Personal Quotes (4)

I felt that this is what a true artist is supposed to do: allow people to bear witness. His subjects include individuals from all different faiths - Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, and Jewish - but the common thread is they all followed their truth no matter what the consequence.
After spending time with all these holy images and after listening to Father Bill's heart for so long, I now know that this short life is about what we ask of ourselves. Can we love? Can we have courage? Can we live our truths even if it makes us an outcast? And that finding the 'gold' sometimes takes a journey.
I know many other filmmakers would have been drawn to the politics and conflicts on the surface of his story but for me the icons are what will last. They represent something eternal.
It was important to me to share how Father Bill has spoken out for gay rights throughout his life. It was also important that he address the church sex abuse scandal as it has affected so many lives. I personally see Father McNichols honesty as priest as heroic and redeeming, his message being very much in line with Pope Francis.

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