The locally produced documentary film, Man of Deeds, has been honored with two prestigious film awards recently. The Iowa Motion Picture Association recognized Man of Deeds as the 2012 Best Documentary at their annual awards ceremony in Johnston, Iowa. That honor was followed up this past weekend at the Interrobang Film Festival in Des Moines with the film's creative team of director Craig Schaefer and producer Ted Rosean winning the Iowa Filmmaker Award.
Man of Deeds traces the missionary life of Bishop Mathias Loras as he built the Catholic Church against the hardships of frontier Iowa.
Taking nearly three years to produce, the film was shot on location in France, Alabama, Louisiana and Wisconsin and throughout Iowa. It is based on the biography Man of Deeds by Dr. Thomas Auge.
According to Schaefer, "It was a great honor to have the opportunity to tell this story, and we are extremely happy to know that it's been so well-received. Ultimately, it takes the contributions of many people to make a film and we are indebted to their talents and generosity. So, in every way, we get to share this with everyone involved." "Documentary films have the potential to both educate and inspire, and that is exactly what we hope this film brings to audiences," Schaefer added.
The film has successfully screened at festivals throughout the country winning numerous awards, including honors in Las Vegas, Beloit, and Cedar Rapids.
DVD copies are available at the Loras College Bookstore. You can also learn more at the website, www.manofdeeds.com.
Visit our YouTube Channel for a preview of the documentary.
This is the second time Schaefer and Rosean teamed to win the Iowa Motion Picture Association Best Documentary Award. In 2009, they received the honor for their documentary film ...But Not Forgotten.