Angels and Saints - Eros and Awe

In an American culture which has historically called the body or flesh “bad” and the spirit “good”, Angels and Saints are evolving human beings who have learned, often through suffering, to integrate Eros or “the Life Force” with wisdom or spiritual awareness. This eros-wisdom expresses itself in a personal sense of wholeness that includes both the acknowledgement of suffering and a deep appreciation of beauty within the sensate world. Angels and Saints are, then, the incarnation of this compassionate and deeply sensual Spirit -- our contemporary “messengers of awe.”

In the film Angels and Saints: Eros and Awesuch persons speak freely of the psychic pain and damage that institutional religions and American culture in general have inflicted upon themselves and upon the majority of Americans. However, whether identifying as heterosexual, nonbinary, gay, lesbian or “otherWise”, our subjects also share with us their creative, grounded lives, their wisdom and their many ways of breaking out of the constraining, stereotypic “boxes” in which society has placed most people. A recurring theme in this process of healing and integration is the role of the arts, including dance, music, poetry, and a love of nature – all of which find a richly expressive place in the film.

  • Vic Compher
    Director
    Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain
  • Vic Compher
    Writer
    Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain
  • Vic Compher
    Producer
    Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain
  • Rodney Whittenberg
    Producer
    Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    115,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital/ Mirrorless Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Vic Compher

Vic is a filmmaker, licensed clinical social worker, workshop trainer, and author. His most recent film is “Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion. Their Pain.”which addresses secondary trauma and staff resiliency. The film has been broadcast widely on American Public Television, screened at many public and professional venues around the country, including various national and regional conferences, and many workshops. CAREgiversfilm was nominated for a regional Emmy for outstanding documentary in 2018

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Director Statement

As a film director, I seek to share "wisdoms" which are often hidden in plain view of society, yet are rarely acknowledged publicly. Examples are the phenomenon of the secondary trauma and resilience of professional caregivers; or in "Angels and Saints" our work depicts the awe which can occur within the wholeness of "eros-spirit". Such truths or insights are in my view best expressed in the personal narratives and lived experiences of persons who live wisely and richly among us. In addition I use the arts, including animation, modern dance, original music and poetry, along with scenes of nature, to depict these ineffable and universal qualities of life.