Carrie Gates | May 9, 2019
Documentary filmmaker Patrick Creadon ’89 has a history of hiring Notre Dame students and alumni — and sought out no less than 19 of them to help create Hesburgh.
“I meet a lot of students from a lot of different film schools, and the Notre Dame film students are the best of the best,” Creadon said. “They are really good filmmakers when they come out of school, they’re really sharp, and they have great attitudes. I think the movie Hesburgh is a real tribute to that.”
Creadon and producer Jerry Barca ’99 were on campus in 2015, filming Catholics vs. Convicts for ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, when they were inspired to create a film about Hesburgh, who served as Notre Dame president from 1952 to 1987.
“That was the year Father Ted died, so there was a huge outpouring of support and memorialization. A lot of people in the Notre Dame community were revisiting his legacy,” Creadon said. “In the midst of that, one of my friends said, ‘You should really think about making a movie about Father Ted,’ and the idea really struck me. Because even as an alum, I knew some of the key points, the headlines about him, but beyond those things it gets a little fuzzy. I thought his story could have a lot of potential.”
While many students became involved with Creadon and Barca while they were on campus shooting both films, Creadon and his wife, Christine O’Malley, regularly recruit from the University’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre for their company, O’Malley Creadon Productions (OCP).
“Regardless of what project we’re doing or what story we’re telling, Notre Dame students and alumni really fit in nicely,” said Creadon, who has also directed the award-winning documentaries Wordplay and I.O.U.S.A., among others.
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