Ave Maria

After the recent death of his wife, Joseph returns to his family's church and talks to God in an attempt to come to terms with his loss.

  • Colin Stewart
    Director
    Lola in May, Homecoming
  • Colin Stewart
    Writer
    Lola in May, Homecoming
  • TJ Rumer
    Producer
  • Rebecca Gialanella
    Producer
    Cereal Dater
  • Rafael Alejandro
    Key Cast
    "Joseph Hernandez"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Religious, Family
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, BRAW
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New Filmmakers NY
    New York
    United States
    April 6, 2022
    Official Selection
  • International New York Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 24, 2022
    Official Selection
  • New York International Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    Winner: Best Cinematography, Best Score
  • New York Lift Off Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Colin Stewart


A recent graduate from Drexel University, Colin loves the art of film making. He is currently running a production company, "Five Tribes Cinema Productions" with his fellow film makers. He hopes to continue directing in the future with bigger and more ambitious projects.

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Director Statement

Ave Maria is a close and personal story. As someone who has lost a loved one to Covid-19, I wanted to tell the story of someone who lived what my family lived. The story of Joseph Hernandez and his confrontation with God illustrates our deepest desire to understand tragedy.