A Journey of Hope: Poverello House

Mauricio Tapia  Fresno, CA / Documentary

Director Joel Janecek and DP’s Mauricio Tapia and Justin McAleece, decided to attempt a variety of setups to tell this story. We filmed a large roundtable of board members, many of whom worked with Papa Mike to build the modern organization seen today. We filmed traditional sit-down interviews, and captured Papa Mike’s widow and “First Volunteer” Mary McGarvin, and their daughter Clare McGarvin, taking us inside the family home for an intimate portrait of a modern organization that stays true to Papa Mike’s legacy. The team also filmed human interest stories that exemplify all the successes and struggles of combating some of the most endemic issues our society faces today.