So FLo FLoods and the Bahamian Relief Screenings taking place throughout South Florida have many Anglican connections as mentioned in our last blog: About the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Bahamas. Since then we’ve had Bahamians who have asked if they could show the film to their family in the Bahamas. We've said, "Yes, of course!" and provided a link to the film, which we are very happy to do for any that want to see it in the Bahamas.
Why is TheoEco so seemingly entwined with all these awesome folks? Well, it all started in 2013 when we (my daughter Bobbie and I) decided to move to New Haven – and Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Seminary at Yale invited me to study there. I couldn’t believe it. The chance to study theology and economics at one of the greatest universities in the world was never something I ever thought could happen – but take full advantage of the situation I did!
But time flies and three years later we were back in Miami with TheoEco, and filming So FLo FLoods. And linked with the Anglican community across the globe in ways never imagined.
Because before we ever shot these films there were two things we really didn’t have – an editor or music. We knew we’d figure it out somehow – and sure enough – Anglicanism brings us together with Amit Nepali, the editor of So FLo FLoods and composer of all the music. Being a very talented guy, he edits, records, and composes for all of our productions at his studio in Lalitpur (Kathmandu).
When we met Amit, we met the broader Anglican community in Nepal including his father Rev. Shyam Nepali, pastor of Golgotha Church, their wives, children, brothers, sisters – a whole world of Christians in majority-Hindu Nepal.
We originally went there to shoot our first film, Piles of Bricks, about the mega-earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015. Amit and his family’s home had been largely destroyed, but they thanked God – as did most Christians that day – because they were in church that fateful Saturday morning unlike so many of their unfortunate neighbors (see our Sunday School on Saturday mini-doc to see Golgotha Church in action).
And how, you might ask, did we ever meet Amit to begin with? Well, that bit of providence was by way of Rev. Lewis Lew, the Dean of Nepal from the Anglican Diocese of Singapore.
So in a very real way, these screenings for Bahamian relief are an international effort, bringing together the outgrowths of South Florida, Nepal, New Haven, Singapore, and, of course, The Bahamas. Want more? We also have the amazing connection that a star of our film Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch is a long term congregant at St. Mark’s in Stuart where we screened So FLo FLoods on Friday October 4th.