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Ruth's Debut - Music Video

 
 
 

Real Prayers - Short Film

 
 

About the film

In a close knit German farming community in central Illinois during WWII, 3 siblings must cope with their beloved father's tuberculosis diagnosis, anti-German sentiment, and the poverty of war-time farming life. Instead of merely surviving the children find solace and joy in music, baseball, and especially the Cubs at a time when "We'll get'em next year" became a hopeful mantra for the future.

 
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The Birth Of "REAL PRAYERS ARE SAID IN GERMAN"

A Note From Ann Hagemann

In the fall of 2015 when all Cubs fans thought "this would be the year," I wrote a Facebook post about my Father and how his love of baseball, the Cubs, music, and his strong German roots got him and his sisters through some very tough times during WWII after their father took ill...

Audio Stories

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Follow the story

Hear the stories that inspired the film. True stories from the lives of real people, told by cast of the film! 

Click HERE to listen to this week's audio story or start from the beginning with Week 1!

Creative Team

 
Producer / Actress

ANN HAGEMANN

Producer / Actress

Ann is an Actress/Producer and proud member of SAG-AFTRA/AEA, Women in Film Chicago and IFP Chicago, (Fiscal Sponsor of Real Prayers).  She makes her living in film, TV, commercials, VOS, and theatre.  Ann has been the recipient of  numerous grants through the Illinois Arts Council’s Arts in Education program and the National Endowment of the Arts and performed her original one-woman show From Pyramids to Video Games at elementary schools throughout the Midwest. She has shared the screen with Sharon Gless in the award-winning feature Hannah Free, with Kathryn Heigl, Grace Gummer & Alexis Bledel in Jenny’s Wedding available on Netflix and Amazon Prime; with Eddie Steeples in Farewell, Charlie; and Asylum of Fear, Fall Away, & I’m Coming Out with Dante’ Basco, all available on Amazon Prime. Additional indie credits include: Manic, Fingerprints and Bob and Edgar, the latter currently on the festival circuit.    

 In 2015 Ann was honored to be cast as Belle in Belle: The Belle Gunness story, directed by Stephen Ruminski with Ryan Mieczyslaw Juszkiewicz as Director of Photography. That same year she acted in and produced the romantic comedy Less Than 30,  (available on Amazon Prime), written by and starring Angela Morris. Ann first worked with Sarah Sharp on the indie Asylum of Fear, (originally titled When the Lights Go Out), and again on the Jim Breuer Pilot  A Rock and a Hard Place.  She is thrilled to be partnered with this incredible team!

 In addition to film and television, Ann has numerous commercial, voice over, and theatre credits. Ann studied at Bradley University, AADA, and Actors Center of Chicago. 

She is the author/composer of The Little House Story a youth musical based on the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder which is being published and will be available in 2020.  She is also in development for a new series, Riding the Orphan Train, based on true events from the Orphan Train Movement, a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the US to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. It operated between 1854 and 1929, relocating approx.. 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, abused or homeless children. 

Ann and her husband Bob have 2 grown sons, 1 grandson and a Border Collie, Miss Eliza Rose, who is featured in the 2016 proof of concept short film. 

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STEPHEN RUMINSKI

Producer

Stephen Ruminski is a Chicago-based filmmaker. Originally born in Indiana, Stephen has been interested in filmmaking and storytelling since the age of 12. He attended Tribeca Flashpoint Academy where he focused in film post-production. Stephen’s diverse skillset has led to a numerous opportunities ranging from the edit suite to on set.

In 2011, Stephen's first documentary, The Gunness Mystery, was released. It tells the true story of  infamous, female serial killer Belle Gunness. Gunness committed her crimes in La Porte, IN, Stephen's home town. The documentary has sold close to 1000 DVDs to date and has screened in Gunness' native country of Norway. In 2015, Stephen set his sights on bringing the Gunness story to the screen as a narrative. His short film Belle (starring Ann Hagemann and shot by Ryan Mieczyslaw Juszkiewicz) was filmed in La Porte. 2019 sees a rerelease of The Gunness Mystery, with new and retouched photographs. 

As an Editor and Producer, Stephen has had the chance to work on the nationally broadcast Onward series for the University of Notre Dame, and has attended the last two Olympic Games as part of the team that provides content for the venue video boards. 

Most recently, Stephen has shifted to working as UPM/Line Producer for feature films, including the award winning The Good Catholic (available on Netflix) & 2019 SXSW selection Ms. White Light, both directed by Paul Shoulberg, as well as Monuments (currently in post-production) directed by Jack C. Newell. 

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Sarah sharp

Producer

Sarah Sharp has crafted movies as a Production and Costume Designer for nearly a decade in Chicago, Los Angeles, and rural Kentucky areas. She has been recognized for her visual work at several festivals including Berlin, Cannes, South by Southwest, Fantasia and others. A genuine love for creating compelling films kicked off her producing company, The Line Film Company, in 2013 with creative partner and cinematographer Robert Patrick Stern. Their first producing project, Sony Pictures film “the Rake,” was followed quickly by several films including the original “Gags” film and award winning indie “Olympia.” Sarah brings a grounding to the producing process and a passion thats contagious. She intends to spend the next several years enabling films and filmmakers to reach their fullest potential and entertain families everywhere.

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Ryan Juszkiewicz

Director

Ryan has been working in the film industry since 1995. He received his bachelor's degree in Film studies from Columbia College and his Masters in Digital Cinema from DePaul University. His career began with a role as 1st Assistant Director on the feature film, "A Piece of Eden." Subsequently, he moved to Dallas where he was 1st AD, line producer and 2nd unit director on independent films and also worked as a photographer/writer for the "Dallas Music Guide". He returned to Indiana and has been working as a Director, Producer and Director of Photography on many commercials, documentaries, music videos and industrials. He has also worked as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Film & Video Production, lighting, cinematography and Film History.

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Angela Morris

Writer

Angela Morris is a Chicago-based writer, actress, and voiceover artist. Her first feature length screenplay, Less Than 30 (in which she also plays the lead), is currently in post-production and will be released in December of 2016. Her second feature, North in the Last Days of August written with John TerEick, is currently in pre-production. Other film credits include Darius Dawson’s “Trash,” John TerEick’s “August by the Lake,” and Chris Oliva’s “Spaceman.” Angela is a founding member of The Collective Theatre Company and has performed in theatres ranging from The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Shakespeare in Washington) to small Chicago storefronts. In addition to commercial voiceover work, Angela can be heard in 2017 as Cassie, Faith, and Poppet in Perception, a video game by The Deep End Games.

Angela graduated summa cum laude from the University of Evansville with a degree in Theatre Performance and an Associated Study in Literature.

 

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