Deacon Brian, the organizer and leader of St. Paul the Apostle’s Parish’s prayer group: Prayers for Prisoners. At this group, individuals come together to send prayers for victims of the harsh realities of the correctional system. They further their goals by educating themselves on the system and its flaws, creating care packages for prisoners being released that are prone to homelessness and visiting prisoners. Deacon Brian’s struggles to make real changes in the world, challenging a provincial system that is deeply rooted within our society, and feeling despair in the lack of unquantifiable efforts. He embodies the charisma of action and offers the world inspiration for true change.
Hi there! My name is Victoria Bacani and I am the director of Prayers for Prisoners. I am currently enrolled in Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Film and Television program, and I had the pleasure of telling the inspiring story of Deacon Brian while working with a lovely crew.
I had met Deacon Brian years ago while helping out with his Prison Kit-making program, and inquired about making a documentary about it. After quite a while, I finally got to fulfil that promise. I feel grateful to be able to lead and tell a story that deals with injustices and calls for action, and I hope this film inspires good change within our communities.
Hi! I’m Nino Lovell and I had a pleasure of co-producing with Katie, and being a part of such a talented crew.
I wanted to be a part of this crew to learn and shed some light on the injustice that exists in today’s work, especially during Covid times. Listening to Deacon Brian and his story of how he’s helping prisoners by providing them a bag of necessities really puts a perspective on how poorly prisoners are treated.
Deacon Brian is helping people get back into the real world. He is such an inspiration and he’s making the world a better place one step at a time.
My name is Katie McKenna and I am in my third year of BFTV. I have an interest in Directing, and I am currently focusing on Cinematography.
This project piqued my interest because of how important the topic is, and I am thrilled to be working with such creative people. I have learned a lot about the injustices of the prison system and I can’t wait to share that with others!
Being a part of this story and following his journey is more than a pleasure.
Hello, my name is Ibnul Sarker and I am the Director of Photography as well as a co-Picture Editor for Prayers for Prisoners
I was intrigued with the project as it highlighted important yet undermined topics in our society; it challenges Canada’s Prison Reform system and deals with mental health and the injustices within the system. While working with the director can be … challenging (haha), I worked with a great team and I hope we conveyed a message that is meaningful.
Hi, I’m Anthony, the Assistant Picture Editor for our doc.
I was first drawn to the project as I am aware of the terrible injustices that occur in North American prisons, so when I first heard about the cause we were documenting, Prayers for Prisoners, I was quick to pounce on the opportunity. From the very beginning, it struck me as a story that deserved to be told, and told well… it was no surprise to me that the crew was as phenomenal as always during the production process, and it was a pleasure to work with them all once again.
Hi, I’m Andrew Knaggs. I’m executing the Sound Editing, Sound Design and Sound Mixing on Prayers for Prisoners.
I feel very close to this project in terms of the themes of loneliness during covid as well as trying to find your place in society before, during and after covid. I found this documentary to have some interesting and thought provoking perspectives on life after covid, that I hadn’t wrapped my head around because of everything going on. Prayers for Prisoners has made me look positively to the future and my impact on it.