March 30, 2016
Daniel Tutt, Unity Productions Foundation email@example.com, 202-262-1304
Docudrama Film Production Brings Middle Ages to Life in Baltimore
“The Sultan and the Saint” tells a lost story about Muslim-Christian peace
Baltimore, MD – This April, The Sultan and the Saint, a new docudrama film produced by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), will begin filming historical reenactments in Baltimore. Filming begins in Baltimore on April 1st, including a week of filming on the Maryland shore of Assateague Island.
The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades.
“We’ve assembled an impressive crew, including dozens of craftsmen, artists, costumers and actors that are by and large local to the area. We’re excited to be bringing this important story to life here in Baltimore utilizing the amazing local talent both behind and in-front of the camera” says Jeremy Morrison, the Line Producer and Unit Production Manager for the film.
Alex Kronemer, the film’s Director and Executive Producer has Executive Produced 10 previous documentary films including Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story (PBS national broadcast August 2012), Prince Among Slaves (Winner, Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival, 2007), and Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (PBS broadcast August, 2007).
“The Sultan and the Saint is both exciting and substantive. It has the elements of a great historical film including surprise, heroism, and political intrigue. Unquestionably, it speaks to the goal of reaching out to and understanding the ‘other’” says Kronemer.
The reenactments will be shot using feature-film-quality cameras and also use the latest in aerial cinematography. Working with fabricators and weapons providers the production will reenact large historical-reenactments including several large-scale battle scenes. UPF has consulted with over twenty scholars and specialists including Dr. Emile Bruneau, Professor of Social Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Suleiman Mourad, chair of medieval studies at Smith College; Dr. John Tolan, whose books include Saracens and Saint Francis and the Sultan; Dr. Paul Moses, author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace; Fr. Michael Cusato, Distinguished Professor of St. Bonaventura College.
The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to create peace through the media. A nonprofit organization founded in 1999, UPF produces documentary films for television broadcast, online viewing and theatrical release, and implements long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding between people of different faiths and cultures, especially between Muslims and those of other faiths.