Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
— Matthew 5:4

Film Synopsis

A truck driver and young boy console one another after becoming separated from their families by impossible distance.


Directed by George Simon
Produced by Paul Duda
Director of Photography: Andrew Kleczek

Team Bios


George is an alumnus, and current professor at John Paul the Great Catholic University. George won the the Diocese of Brooklyn’s iConfess competition while studying in San Diego, and went on to build a videography and production company with his brother, and directed a documentary for New Evangelization Television in New York. A married father of one, George’s faith has always been a guide in what he creates and how he creates it. He is always trying to follow Christ’s teachings and bring His light to the world.


PAUL DUDA – Producer

Co-owner of Francis & Louise and a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University, Paul has produced several short films and assisted in producing a feature. Paul is also a father of one, and lives in Los Angeles with his family. Having transferred from the United States Military Academy at West Point to pursue a filmmaking and design career, he hopes to affect secular and Catholic media in light of Christ’s teachings.


ANDREW KLECZEK – Cinematographer

Andrew is an incredibly talented cinematographer and graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University’s Masters Program. Also a married father of one, his passion for filmmaking solidified in his move to Los Angeles in 2014. He has worked on multiple documentary shorts, filmed an ad for a successful product launch, and shot two hour long documentaries for EWTN, Discovering Patrick: Saint of Ireland which aired in March 2017, and Disocovering Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings which airs this fall. He has also worked with Spirit Juice Studios on several projects.



Melinda is a senior producer and editor at Spirit Juice Studios. Having won two Emmys for her work with Spirit Juice, she has proven herself an incredibly talented filmmaker with a fire for depicting God’s love on screen. She worked on the reality show Yard Crashers and has filmed in Rome and the Holy Land with Spirit Juice Studios. She is a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University and married mother of one. Her talents and experience are an invaluable resource to the project.


JAMIE DUDA – Production Designer

The better half of Francics & Louise, Jamie cut her teeth in the Art Department on several features and countless short films and commercial projects. A talented artist and graphic designer in her own right, she has served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a designer for the past several years before founding Francis & Louise with her husband. She is a married mother of one living in Los Angeles.

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