a film by David A. Ranghelli

“The Calling is a beautiful film…it’s a poetic spiritual Meditation.”

- Barbara Kopple – Two-time Academy Award winner

"An unblinking, impartial look at religion and the sacrifices sustaining it."

- Steve Persall, film critic St. Petersburg Times

Life is a calling. And every call is both thrilling and daunting. Transporting viewers to distant lands and into deep regions of the human soul, The Calling reveals the joys and anxieties of those who are drawn to religious life. Putting flesh and blood on questions that are often viewed too piously or abstractly, this documentary focuses on three members of a newly formed Catholic community that aids the poor living on the dusty edges of Lima, Peru. It’s a film about hard choices and having the faith to make them; challenging viewers to question their relationships, temporal and spiritual, as they witness individuals who courageously live out their beliefs.

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"an Insightful perspective on Vocation - Recommended"

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The Calling is an award-winning documentary that explores the enduring questions that add meaning and purpose to life. Featured at two World Youth Days, Film Festivals, Conferences, and Academic institutions, this personal glimpse into the power of faith has captivated audiences around the Globe.


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David A. Ranghelli - Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Mr. Ranghelli is a New York based filmmaker who has worked in the cinema arts for over a decade on numerous dramatic, commercial, and documentary projects for clients that include: HBO, PBS, GOOGLE, NFL Films, and the History Channel to name a few. His directorial debut - THE CALLING - has received international acclaim being honored with Four BEST DOCUMENTARY and CINEMATIC ACHIEVEMENT Awards. He has a BA in Fine Arts from St. Johns University (1991) an MA in Journalism and Cinematography from New York University (2000) and was the recipient of the Jesse Ball DuPont Fellowship in Community Outreach through Auburn University (2001).



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    Trey Burvant - Producer

    After spending close to fifteen years in New York and Boston, Mr. Burvant now resides in New Orleans as a director, producer, and writer. He earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre Institute in 2001. Long Distance, his first film as a producer, was selected for the 2005 TriBeca Film Festival and has been distributed by Image Entertainment. As an actor, he has performed at the American Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Tulane Shakespeare Festival, Boston Theatreworks to name a few, and has appeared in many national and regional commercials. Currently he directing a documentary short for Shades of Yale, which chronicles the all student a-capella group from Yale University and it's progressive social mission.


    David Meneses-Editor

    Mr. Meneses is an award-winning Latin American filmmaker who is originally from Colombia. He has a BA in Latin American Studies and Visual Anthropology through University of Florida (1998); and has been involved with the production and post-production of numerous documentary projects. He has worked with award-winning documentarian/journalist Jon Alpert on the HBO documentary Dirty Driving - Thundercars of Indiana (Editor) and Turkey's Tigers(Editor) for Wide Angle; and with Academy-Award winner Barbara Kopple on Shut Up and Sing (Associate Editor) Additional documentary credits include: A Day's Work A Day's Pay (Assistant Editor) a feature length documentary that follows three welfare recipients in New York City from 1997 to 2000. Tell Me A Story (Editor/ Cinematographer) a film that explores that value of traditional storytelling. IMNY (Editor) a youth-oriented documentary series that has been broadcast to over 19 million homes in the New York Tri-State area, focusing on the lives of the region's youth. He received a New York Emmy in 2004 for his contributions to this project. And Venezuela: Revolution in Progress (Editor) a film that recently aired on the Discovery Times Channel, and deals with the recent political struggles of that South American nation. He has worked with both Mr. Ranghelli and Mr. Schultz ontheir film about the Rural Studio (Assistant Editor) Mr. Meneses is currently an instructor at Jon Alpert's Downtown Community Television Center.


    Chuck Schultz - Executive Producer

    Mr. Schultz is the award-winning Director/Producer of The Rural Studio. The film was a co-production of ITVS's LinCS Program with Alabama Public Television, and has been broadcast on PBS stations nationally. In addition to winning first prize at the Barcelona International FilmFest for feature documentary in 2003; it was a selection of the 2003 Montreal International Festival of film on Art: The Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC; the Memphis Indie Festival in 2003; and the FRI-ART art and culture Festival in Fribourg, Switzerland. The film has also been exhibited at the Whitney Museum's 2002 Biennial Celebration; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and at 85 universities across the nation. Mr. Schultz has also produced the documentary film A Day At A Time a candid verite portrait of a family raising two children with cerebral palsy. The film won the Crystal Heart Award at the 1993 Heartland Film Festival, and the 1992 Critic's Choice Best Documentary at the Breckenridge Film Festival. It was also aired on NHK in Japan and the Women's Network and the Knowledge Channel in Canada.

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