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The Spiritual Exercises

Terry and Therese fall in love in 1960s New York. He's a rising star in the art world, she works at the famed Metropolitan Opera. The only problem? He's a Jesuit Priest who has taken a vow of celibacy. “The Spiritual Exercises” tells a love story in the face of impossible odds.

  • Lloyd Kramer
    Midsummer in Newtown, America in Primetime, Report From Ground Zero, For One More Day, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Amy and Isabelle, Before Women Had Wings, No One Dies Alone
  • Scott Chestnut
  • Lloyd Kramer
    America in Primetime, Report From Ground Zero, No One Dies Alone
  • Tom Yellin
    Cartel Land, When Lambs Become Lions, Girl Rising, Midsummer in Newtown, Operation Homecoming, America in Primetime, Invisible Killers, We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, The Age of Aerospace
  • Alison Joy
  • Scott Chestnut
    Director of Photography
  • Scott Chestnut
    Rounders, The Great Raid, Red Rock West, Quantico, Unbranded, America in Primetime
  • Gabriela Cavanagh
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    July 21, 2020
    World Premiere
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence, RI
    United States
    August 7, 2020
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, MO
    United States
    November 5, 2020
  • American Documentary Film Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    United States
    March 26, 2021
  • Mountainfilm
    Telluride, CO
    United States
    May 26, 2021
  • Walla Walla Movie Crush
    Walla Walla, WA
    United States
    July 10, 2021
Distribution Information
  • New York Times Op-Docs
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Lloyd Kramer, Scott Chestnut

LLOYD KRAMER is a three-time DGA Award-nominated director of both documentary and scripted film and TV. A graduate of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, he first made his mark on-camera in New York with a daily off-beat human interest segment for the NBC station. He also produced and directed documentaries which won both Emmy and New York Press Club Awards three years in a row. Kramer went on to direct for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, beginning with the documentary, No One Dies Alone, for which he received his first DGA nomination. His movies include Before Women Had Wings, Amy and Isabelle, and an adaptation of Mitch Albom’s bestselling The Five People You Meet in Heaven (starring Jon Voight and Jeff Daniels) and For One More Day (with Ellen Burstyn and Michael Imperioli), both airing on ABC and earning him his second and third DGA nominations. With producer Tom Yellin, he has collaborated on the critically-acclaimed Report From Ground Zero, a two-hour ABC special which remains, for many, the comprehensive account of what happened inside the World Trade Center towers following the 9/11 attacks; and with Yellin and The Documentary Group, directed the docu-series America in Primetime (PBS, MSNBC) and the feature documentary Midsummer in Newtown (Participant Media, Vulcan Productions) which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and at the Boston Film Festival where he received the Special Jury Recognition Award as Best Director.

SCOTT CHESTNUT is a filmmaker with a long and diverse list of both narrative and documentary credits. He has served as editor and co-editor on 15 feature films including TAU (Netflix) and the 2015 award-winning documentary Unbranded. He drew praise for his editing of the now-classic Rounders, starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, and You Kill Me, starring Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni. His breakthrough film as an editor was John Dahl's neo-noir masterpiece Red Rock West, starring Nicolas Cage. He has also edited hundreds of music videos for artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Blink 182, Eric Clapton and Madonna. Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” which he edited for director David Fincher, is #10 on MTV’s 100 Greatest Videos of All Time. He has been instrumental in creating many commercials for clients such as Nike, Acura and Coors. His television productions have included editing Season 3 (2018) of Quantico for ABC; and co-producing America in Primetime, a four-part documentary series for PBS called the “best work about television on television in the last 20 years” by NPR reviewer David Bianculli. An accomplished cinematographer, Scott has worked behind the camera on several commercials and documentary projects. Recently, he was the director of photography on Rows, a dramatic feature based on Grimm's fairy tales. Scott is known for his expert command of story elements, his keen eye for telling visual details, and his use of unconventional but effective music cues.

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