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ABOUT BEAUTY FIRST

Our mission is to produce films that transport the viewer to a place of awe, beauty, and holiness. 

 

We are committed to the Beauty First principle that when one falls in love with God,
the Source of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth, everything else follows. ​

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PROJECTS

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AMPHILOCHIOS -
SAINT OF PATMOS

Our first documentary is COMPLETE! The 30 minute film explores the life and spiritual legacy of a beloved 20th century saint, filmed during the days leading up to and including the first celebration of his April feast day. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Houston Greek Film Festival - November 16-19, 2023

HOLY WEEK IN JERUSALEM

POST-PRODUCTION - A short documentary journey through Holy Week in Jerusalem, through the eyes of the people who serve the Church there, culminating in the celebration of Pascha (Easter) on April 28 in 2019.

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2024 CALENDAR FEATURES MEDIEVAL SERBIA

The 2024 Calendar of Liturgical Seasons is shipping now! Journey through a treasury of medieval Serbian churches built during the 200+ year reign of the Nemanja family, beginning with St Symeon the Myrrhgusher in 1166. Overthrow the tyranny of months here.

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THE ETHICS OF BEAUTY

Timothy's debut book, The Ethics of Beauty, lays out a worldview in which Beauty, Goodness, and Truth are each embraced as indispensable elements of the best possible human life. Available from St Nicholas Press

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Process

development

Developing a concept, Writing

pre-production

Writing, Determining Crew, Budget, and Logistics, Fundraising

production

Travel and Filming

post-production

Editing, Scoring, Additional Fundraising

distribution

Bringing the film to viewers!

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Beauty First Films is a registered non-profit.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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CREATIVE TEAM
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DR. TIMOTHY PATITSAS

Timothy was raised in Kent, Ohio. Inspired by an early viewing of Star Wars, he chose to attend the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service principally so that he could compete for the School's internship at NASA's Office of International Affairs. This dream came true and so began a life of adventure. Today Timothy is the Interim Dean of Hellenic College, and teaches Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, in Brookline, Massachusetts. When not in class, like his fictional colleague Dr. Indiana Jones, Timothy escapes to far-flung corners of the world to find treasure—in his case, meeting holy people in holy places. His first book, The Ethics of Beauty, is available from St. Nicholas Press.

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THOMAIDA HUDANISH

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Thomaida grew up in small town Oregon, the youngest in a family of service-minded adventurers. Her heroes include Fred Rogers, Mother Theresa, Jane Jacobs, humanitarian aid workers, and missionaries. Thomaida wove spiritual pilgrimage to Greece, Romania, and Russia through her college education. After eight years working as a parish administrator, she volunteered at orphanage schools in India and Israel-Palestine, keeping her community engaged via a regular newsletter. Thomaida's interests include non-profit fundraising, ballet, community building, art, and design. For nearly eight years she worked for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, supporting clergy and parishes in evangelism ministry. Thomaida works as a writer, speaker, and parish ministry consultant, based in Portland, Oregon.

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