At its core, my short film Hip Priest is a visceral and emotional exploration of the duality of man and the place for God in a sometimes dismal world. The protagonist, Priest, is a honest and enigmatic man, living by a personal code based in compassion and enlightment. He smokes, he drinks, he puts one foot in front of the other, everyday, day in and day out. The film follows Priest, for a day in his life, in the neighborhood of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he glides along with a street handshake and dreams to hold tight.
Originally inspired by a photo taken by photographer Paul McDonough in Midtown NYC circa 1968, the film is set in present day Brooklyn. It is filmed in black and white in a 2.40 aspect ratio with ARRI Alexa and RED Epic cameras.
An official selection in over 15 festivals, including Montclair Film Festival, NY Shorts Fest, HollyShorts, Brooklyn Shorts, NewFilmmakers NYC
Winner of Jurors' Stellar Selection - Narrative @ 2011 Black Maria FF, screened at The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, included in a 6-month long tour of universities, art societies, and museums across the United States.
Best Short Film / Best Directorial Debut - Gregg de Domenico @ IFQ Fest - NYC 2011
Producer Jillian Stricker / Co-writer Ryan Connolly / Editor Gerald Zecker, Jr. / DPs Fabio Iadeluca / Christopher Raymond / Exec. Producers Andrew Voegeli / Gerard McNamee / Ryan Connolly / Gregg de Domenico / Co-Prod/AD Jim Muscarella / Sound Chris Fox / Assoc. Prods. Jillian de Domenico / Bea Delmonico / Siobhan Pine Fitzsimmons / Gerald Zecker, Jr.
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poster art by Greg Betza