Private Project

Colonel Papa Cubano (Colonel Cuban Papa)

An atheist says yes to the Lord and becomes a great father of his children and his denomination in Cuba.

  • Rich Swingle
    Film directing debut
  • Rich Swingle
    "Other gods," "The Name," and a dozen one-man plays
  • Rich and Joyce Swingle
    Produced several stage productions in the US and abroad.
  • Marco Santiago
    Key Cast
    America's Next Top Model
  • Patricia Mauceri
    Key Cast
    Courageous Love, The Farmer and the Belle, One Life to Live
  • Karla Ochoa
    Key Cast
  • Yonatan M Hernandez
    Key Cast
    "Julio Enrique"
  • Rich Swingle
    Key Cast
    Providence, Beyond the Mask, Alone Yet Not Alone
  • Julio Moreno
    Key Cast
  • Leyanis Moreno
    Key Cast
  • Julio Enrique Moreno
    Key Cast
  • Melanie Moreno
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Cuba, United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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Director Biography - Rich Swingle

Rich has co-directed for stage with John Kirby (acting coach on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, DéJà Vu, Count of Monte Cristo) on Tartuffe, Our Town, and The Miracle Worker. He worked with Patricia Mauceri (Broadway: Othello with James Earl Jones, film: Don Juan de Marco with Johnny Depp and TV: One Life to Live) to direct The Crucible, The Jeweler's Shop by Pope John Paul II, Twelve Angry Jurors, and Much Ado About Nothing. The last three plays were performed in Theatre 315, an Off-Broadway space. Rich has coached actors on The Farmer and the Belle, Polycarp, "One Day," "Living Word," "There," and "Reflection," and in a number of short films at the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp. He has directed dozens of sketches he helped the groups create through sociodrama.

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Director Statement

Colonel Julio Moreno invited us to Cuba to perform my 1-man play Views of the Manger. While visiting with them we heard the stories of how he moved from being an atheist to being the head of the Salvation Army in Cuba, alongside his wife, Colonela Layanis, who introduced him to the Lord. When he told this story of provision we wanted to dramatize it.