Maria Vargo here, President of G.K. Chesterton Entertainment. Thank you for checking out this very special project and fundraiser; I'm so excited to share it with you!
Momenta Sacra (Latin for “Holy Moments”) is a short film series(3-5 minutes per short) that highlights some of the most important moments in the lives of the Saints. My hope is that their stories will lead viewers to a deeper yearning for prayer and inspire each one of us to boldly live out our faith. I invite you to partner with us in the making of this series - we're raising funds to bring these powerful stories to life! Read on to know more about our vision for this project and how you can help.
St. Maximilian’s story is one of the most well-known examples of Christ-like sacrifice in recent times. He was a Polish Franciscan priest imprisoned in Auschwitz at the start of the Holocaust in 1941. There, he volunteered to take the place of a fellow prisoner who was condemned to death. The man whose life he saved wanted to ensure that Kolbe’s heroic act be made known to the world; and we want to take part in that sharing. We’ll be exploring this incredible witness of Christian love—a light that pierces through one of humanity’s darkest moments.
Help us bring this meditative piece to life by selecting one of our suggested donation values (see PERKS section below) or any amount you feel called to give. Thank you for partnering with us to get this short film made!
Every donation counts and we value any amount you feel called to give. We wanted to add a little fun by introducing some perks you can enjoy at certain tiers.
Servant of God
Special “backstage" conversation with the director, producer, and actor of the short film that's currently in funding. We'll make it a Zoom event!
A set visit to one of our locations in Los Angeles for 2 people. Go behind-the-scenes and witness filmmaking “magic” in action.1 [Learn more]
Maria comes over to your home and cooks her specialty, Coq au Vin, for you and 8-10 of your family/friends2 [Learn more]
Select your favorite saint for the next short film and have your name in the credits.
Doctor of the Church
7-day pilgrimage to France in the footsteps of Joan of Arc. All expenses paid for 2 people. Highlights include Domrémy, Paris, Mont Saint-Michel, Lisieux, and the D-Day beaches.3 [Learn more]
1 Applies to any city in the contiguous United States. Flight and accommodation not included   2 Flight and accommodation not included.   3 Includes flight to and from any city in the contiguous United States
The lives of the saints have always been and will be important to GKCE. We know that their witnesses are some of the most powerful and by sharing their stories it's an opportunity for real conversion of the heart.
In recent years, we've seen the tides of our culture slipping away into spiritual darkness. Yet, our faith remains the only thing that brings true light and real hope to a darkened world.
We at GKCE believe that art and media have the singular, far-reaching ability to influence the culture at large. In just a few moments a beautiful work of art can touch the soul in a truly personal and life-changing way. It is with this in mind that Momenta Sacra was created. We plan to tell visually beautiful stories of how God used seemingly ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things; many of whom changed history in the process.
The lives of the Saints are edifying. We pray that this series will encourage you and your faith life and help us all to live a more saintly life.
We're raising funds to produce 10 short films in 10 months. Help us bring these powerful stories to life by donating to this production.
*G.K. Chesterton Entertainment is a 501(c)(3) non-profit company. All donations are tax deductible in the U.S.
The Fundraising and Production Process
Our goal is to raise funds, film, and release each short film in quick, successive cycles. Depending on how fast we can raise donations, we'd like to produce and release at least one short film per month. With your help, we could potentially complete all 10 sooner!
Touching Souls Across the Globe
Our aim is to touch as many people as we can around the world. Much like how The Last Days and our Lenten Reflections were aired and promoted by EWTN last year. We are in talks with Christian broadcasting platforms to potentially air the Momenta Sacra series. We're also looking into making them available for private programs at various parishes and Christian organizations. The potential for its reach is endless, so this is going to be pretty exciting! We'll share updates as they emerge!
If you are interested in screening Moment Sacra please write to email@example.com
10 short films over 10 months
$10,000 per short film or $100,000 in total
As a non-profit company, we work on extremely tight budgets to ensure that every dollar counts. As our company grows, we're venturing out of the box and challenging ourselves creatively. Momenta Sacra is our largest project yet and it will cost us a substantial amount to make. With your support, we can cover expenses for the entire production and begin to fund other major projects in store for this year.
If you feel called to contribute to this project, simply tap on the DONATE button or select a donation tier in the section below to enjoy a great perk! Thank you so much in advance for your generous support. The impact your contribution brings will be immeasurable. God bless you.