The Orphan Saint

The Orphan Saint was shot in the early summer of 1999 in and around Chicago. It premiered in January 2001 at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The filmmakers, Christina and Dymphna Timmins, created a town populated with wonderful characters — unique yet common — and used the “mockumentary” form to play them off one another. The actors improvised based upon very detailed character profiles. We knew the direction a scene might take, but not necessarily the path. I played a brilliant doctor with a sketchy past.

This was my first experience with digital video and the results are beautiful. In fact, the film was a strong catalyst for my own interest in filmmaking.

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