The Sultan and The Saint

2016 is off to a great start for Filmcats!

  The first day of the New Year was off with a bang! I spent the first day of the year reading the first draft and  breaking down the script for my biggest Production Design accolade thus far!  This PBS Docu-Drama takes us back in time to the 13th Century!  This a touching story about two men at war that both want peace.

We will be in pre-production mode the first half of the year.  Finalizing principle of photography by April’s end.

Italian City Street

Italian City Street

This set was built in November when we began shooting the Documentary portion of the show

This set was built in November when we began shooting the Documentary portion of the show

4 thoughts on “The Sultan and The Saint

  1. It”s about time this story is being told in popular media. Bravo! I knew about it as an example of crossing cultural boundaries – very significant for me as a white teenager in a racially troubled school that was dominantly black. In seminary I rediscovered this story while doing a research paper for Church History. I wanted to write about thhe remarkable events of how Frederick II of the Holy Roman Empire concluded an agreement with Malik al-Kamil the Sultan of Egypt to grant the crusaders Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth for 10 years (unsurpassed in my opinion only by Jimmy Carter’s facilitation of peace between Israel & Egypt). My professor, John Payne, urged me to expand the scope of paper. At the conclusion of the 10 years, these lands fell back into Muslim hands and a military campaign was launched by Louis of France – St Louis, to invade Egypt and force the Muslims to relinguish the Holy Land. This was an utter disaster – made worse by ignoring an earlier failed invasion of Egypy that neglected to account for the seasonal flooding of the Nile. That earlier, failed expedition was when Francis of Assisi ventured to the Holy Land to see what the crusades were about. It was then that he had that encounter with Malik al-Kamil who had even then, offered the crusaders Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem… Francis’ humble venture preceded these diplomatic and military events by 40 years, placing them in sharp relief as the Third Way of resolving conflict.

    • Awesome! Did you see the trailer? I am still learning to blog, so I haven’t imbedded the link yet. But soon , hopefully! You can check out my filmcats page on Facebook though! Or the sultan and saint Facebook page

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