HOLDING STILL – The Filmrayuspcf12022-02-22T15:15:17-08:00
“Powerful, moving and inspiring, ‘Holding Still’ helps you to see not only inmates in a new light, but God in a new light.” James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray
The film Holding Still focuses on a diverse group of men speaking candidly about their years-long journey practicing Centering Prayer while serving time at Folsom Prison. They share their stories and wisdom with the intention of bringing this practice to other incarcerated men and women, knowing the power of the practice to heal trauma and transform toxic shame.
Through personal testimony, viewers will understand and more importantly emotionally connect with the experience of recovery each individual describes. These men share their deepest emotions and profound experiences.
The viewer will come to understand that Centering Prayer is a way to experience healing and compassion. It may well also be a spiritual practice that brings together groups committed to social and restorative justice. For over a decade, Ray Leonardini has been visiting the incarcerated residents of Folsom State Prison and other correctional facilities, where he has been teaching and facilitating Centering Prayer.
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Participants Paul Dietering
Eddie Lee Rand
Producer Ray Leonardini, Prison Contemplative Fellowship
Director Mary Trunk
Editor Caren McCaleb
Cinematography Roman Zenz, assistance from Lucky Atkare
Production Assistants Lilit Manukyan
Kyle Vonn Elzey
Thank you Franky Carrillo
Martin Laird, O.S.A.
Ron and Pauline Rippel
Mary Ellen Rudden
Dr. Richard A. Wing
Support The St. Augustine Foundation
Mount St. Mary’s University