Opens Nov 8, 2021
Six midwestern men — all survivors of childhood sexual assault at the hands of Catholic priests and clergy — come together to direct a drama therapy-inspired experiment designed to collectively work through their trauma. As part of a radically collaborative filmmaking process, they create fictional scenes based on memories, dreams and experiences, meant to explore the church rituals, culture and hierarchies that enabled silence around their abuse. In the face of a failed legal system, we watch these men reclaim the spaces that allowed their assault, revealing the possibility for catharsis and redemption through a new-found fraternity.
As one of the men says, "Spotlight was about trying to get in from the outside. In our film, we're trying to get out."
Betrayed by both the civil and ecclesiastical justice systems, these six men — Joe Eldred, Mike Foreman, Ed Gavagan, Dan Laurine, Michael Sandridge and Tom Viviano — band together with a documentary crew and a team of therapists to make their stand.
Procession is the seventh feature documentary film by True/False Film Fest alum and Sundance award winning director Robert Greene, made with a team largely comprised of people he's worked with for well over a decade. It was made in close consultation with these six men and with the support of professional therapists. The film is a radical experiment in therapeutic collaborative filmmaking.
"Fascinating and cathartic. Shows that there is freedom in coming together to tell a familiar story differently."
– Hollywood Reporter
"A Powerful and disarmingly playful film on performance as therapy."
"One of the best films ever made about the difficult, unpredictable act of healing."