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The Good Friday Resurrection of Jesus Christ Play

All of my life since I was little I always was involved in the Roman Catholic Church Communities and events. In the spring of 1984, I was walking by a church in my neighborhood on Park Slope Brooklyn, NY right on 4th Ave and 14th Street, I met a girl named Elizabeth Perez She was very young and attractive. This young woman took me inside a church called Holy Family Parish and introduced me to a lot of teenagers and seniors in that youth groups. Elizabeth Perez asked me if I had a high school diploma when we meet she was looking for a husband? I was no more than 20 years old. In that church I met new people and friends, because most of my old friends back in high school died from drugs. Some were murdered, and many had gone to jail. I felt at home in that church called Holy Family. Many activities and trips were planned, especially in the summertime. Every week I was introduced to new people. We went upstate to a place called Haverstraw.

All the youth groups from Holy Family went there every summer. There were a lot of statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary and angels all over the place. There were even basketball and handball courts there, a huge swimming pool and a picnic area! It was so wonderful that I even brought a few of my family members up there. Two years later, on my 22nd birthday, I made my first Catholic retreat through the Holy Family Parish. Roman Catholics know that during a retreat a specific individual goes out to a private, holy place and then turns his or her body, soul and mind to the Lord for three days.

That is what you call a retreat. Since the Catholic retreat landed on my birthday, the young people in the church groups bought me a cake. My family and friends came to my holy retreat celebration and Elizabeth Perez was also present she was all dressed in black when she found out that I had no high school diploma. It wasn't a bad experience for me, because all through those years that I spent with them in the community at the church, it kind of kept me away from the streets.

On good Friday we all got involved with the play about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A lot of us had different parts in the play. The whole group movement and the priests started the play from inside the church. Then we all marched outside, and whoever was playing the part of Jesus had to carry the cross around the whole block and back to the church. But the wooden cross wasn't heavy. Our group performed its last production of the play outside, then finished the rest of the play of Christ inside of Holy Family Church.

Each year different kids from the groups played Jesus, and many played soldiers. My family members have always been good people, because the Reyes truly believe in the Roman Catholic religion. I believe through faith we can change the world if people will only listen and get together as a community and family and fight for what we believe. Life is to precious to let human rights go to waste.

  • Reynaldo Reyes
    Director
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  • Reynaldo Reyes
    Writer
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  • Reynaldo Reyes
    Producer
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  • Reynaldo Reyes
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Supernatural, Ghost, Religion, Paranormal
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16.9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Manhattan Short
    New York, NY
    United States
    September 24, 2020
    USA
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    Country: Worldwide
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Director Biography - Reynaldo Reyes

While I was growing up with my family I noticed out of the entire neighborhood 17th Street has and still is the scariest and most evil block that I have ever lived in as a young teenager. I was born in Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. but I personally lived on 17th street for 14 years and that is where I encountered all of my frightening ghost attacks. My horrible paranormal experiences that I am still suffering are all written in my books Portal to Hell, Rumors, and YAHWEH "GOD OF CHAOS".

That is why I committed myself to the church community at age twenty in 1983. At that point in time I went to school and worked in a public library in my nearby residence in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Every time I had a chance from work I went home and opened up my art table and began to oil paint, and draw different kinds of caricature.

Besides work I like keeping busy by going to bookstores on my spare time and studying different kinds of books and documentary movies. I also love the anatomy of the human body, and astral projection. My favorite novelists are Steven King and Whitley Strieber and many more. Whitley as you may know is the author of Communion.

Out of all of my terrifying experiences I am very lucky that I am still alive today and to be able to fight back in print and tell the world of my strange encounters with scary unknown specters. Some may scoff, others may laugh at my feelings and true experiences that I am trying to express to people. Perhaps one day half of the people that don't believe in the supernatural will one day come to a conclusion and come face to face with a frightening shock of a ghostly experience with a family member or a close friend's death and then maybe they will come to have greater respect for the dead and their spirit world.

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Director Statement

My book's and films are based on the supernatural and religion. My whole life has been a spiritual journey connected to Jesus Christ, God, and the dark angel Lucifer. But the most important thing is that I am still alive today and I am very grateful and happy to God, Jesus Christ and all of the angels and saints in Heaven.