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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.