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.
Pilgrimage in Film
Production was completed for The Patmos Film and The Jerusalem Film in April 2019.
We are now working on final edits of The Patmos Film as well as distributing our unique 2020 Calendar.
ST. AMPHILOCHIOS OF PATMOS
A short documentary about the life and spiritual legacy of this newly-canonized saint, filmed during the days leading up to and including the first celebration of his feast day on April 16, 2019. Learn more about The Patmos Film.
HOLY WEEK IN JERUSALEM
A documentary journey through Holy Week in Jerusalem as experienced by local Christians and pilgrims. The week culminates in the celebration of Pascha (Easter), which for Orthodox Christians was April 28 in 2019.
Old and New Style 2020 Calendar of Liturgical Seasons with photos taken by members of the BFF crew in the Holy Land. This unique calendar is arranged according to the feasts and fasts of the Church Year. Overthrow the tyranny of months! More
Developing a concept, Writing
Writing, Determining Crew, Budget, and Logistics, Fundraising
Travel and Filming
Editing, Scoring, Additional Fundraising
Bringing the film to viewers!
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 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.
Thomaida grew up in small town Oregon, the youngest in a family of service-minded adventurers. Her childhood heroes were Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, and missionaries in far-off lands. Thomaida wove spiritual pilgrimage to Greece, Romania, and Russia through her college education. After eight years working as a parish administrator, in 2014 she volunteered at orphanage schools in India and Israel-Palestine, writing a travel blog along the way. Thomaida's interests include
non-profit fundraising, ballet, public speaking, drawing, and design.
She lives in Portland, Oregon, supporting clergy and parishes in the
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco as the Director of
Missions & Evangelism.