Berrigan documentary to debut at Library

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 7:15am

“Seeking Shelter from the Storm” is a documentary film that evokes the life and faith of Father Daniel Berrigan and William Stringfellow on Block Island. The documentary will make its debut at the Island Free Library on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Known internationally as theologians, poets and peace-makers, Berrigan and Sringfellow found respite — shelter from social and personal storms — on Block Island. Using interviews, photos, writings and island footage, the viewer is immersed in 1970s and ‘80s Block Island, Berrigan and Stringfellow’s writings and actions, and the Block Island community. Sue Hagedorn, Jim Reale and Seedworks Films ( paint a portrait of Daniel Berrigan and Bill Stringfellow that reflect on the history and beauty of island life that inspired and included these revolutionary thinkers and poets. 

“Seeking Shelter” features Island residents and visitors John Gasner, Nancy Greenaway, Jim Wallis, Mary Donnelly, Jim Reale, Patrick Cobb, Keith and Kay Lewis, Ann Tickner, Frances and Gordon Smith, and Martha Wilson, and was assisted by Pam Littlefield Gasner and the Block Island Historical Society, Martha Ball, Amy Jaffe, and Missy Conant. Funding included grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Roosa Fund. The film was made in the context of the creation of the “Seeking Shelter from the Storm”exhibit, coordinated by Denny O’Toole, that is on view until Columbus Day at the Island Free Library.