– Stephen Colbert
Sister Simone’s first appearance on the Colbert Report
NUNS ON THE BUS — THE MOVIE! is a funny, joyful and poignant feature-length documentary film following Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the historic Nuns On The Bus tour, as she challenges both the Catholic Church and US Government to reclaim their core values. This treacherous and heartwarming journey challenges our notions of religion and politics, the role of government, women and power, our own faith, and our sense of ourselves as a nation.
The film is an intimate story of one woman’s courage and leadership and the birth of a new movement to re-energize faith and values in everyday people as a powerful personal force for justice, compassion and community.
We believe this film will serve as a springboard to inspire each of us to find our own voice and stand up to make a difference.
Sister Simone is a troublemaker.
Sister Simone is a Catholic nun, a lawyer, an author, and a lobbyist.
In 2012 the Vatican censured the majority of American nuns for promoting “radical feminist themes.” And, Sister Simone’s organization NETWORK, a 40-year old Catholic social justice lobbying group founded by nuns, was specifically called out for focusing too much on poverty and justice issues and not speaking out against abortion and same-sex marriage.
Sister Simone and NETWORK responded by elevating the voices of Catholic Sisters even higher with a cross-country “Nuns On The Bus” tour, drawing attention to critical social justice issues including immigration reform, health care, and economic justice.
Suddenly Sister Simone seemed to be everywhere, appearing on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Moyers, The Rachel Maddow Show, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and even a presidential meeting in the Oval Office.
Our film goes behind the scenes of Simone’s media spotlight, revealing both her public personae and private intimate moments. It’s in the space between these two that we come to understand what kind of leader Simone is and the challenges we face.
– Sister Simone Campbell
We’re Making a Movie!
Sundance award-winning filmmaker Melissa Regan has been stuck like glue to Sister Simone since the beginning of this amazing journey in the summer of 2012. She has traveled with Sister Simone from the Iowa corn fields to the Oval Office, the Democratic National Convention, Rome, and Capitol Hill.
We have collected incredible stories from the road showing the everyday suffering among our neighbors and the impact the Sisters are having. We’ve interviewed House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other insider politicans. We’ve heard from nuns, activists, and strategists about how Nuns on the Bus have captured lightning in a bottle and energized the so-called “religious left” to challenge faith-based conservative voices.
We hope to explore these critical issues of faith in government from a balanced viewpoint that inspires everyone to examine their own beliefs and actions.
Get On The Bus — Help Finish the Film!
We have so much extraordinary footage and now we need funds to complete the film, including the full edit, animation, music, footage licensing, and our outreach and engagement campaigns.
This story explores issues that are vital to everyone’s future, so if you are inspired by this movement, please join us, donate and spread the word.
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This will only work as a community effort, and we would love to have you and everyone you know join us on the bus!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Melissa Regan — Producer/Director
Melissa’s documentary film NO DUMB QUESTIONS and related “ask your own dumb question, tell your own story” campaign are changing hearts, minds, and policies in schools, colleges, and communities around the world. Client projects include an award-winning short documentary series for The Coca-Cola Company about water and sanitation in Africa.
Melissa has a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Ariana Garfinkel — Producer
Ariana produced the award-winning feature documentary BOYS OF SUMMER, which was distributed by Tribeca Film and broadcast on ESPN and Sundance Channel internationally. Her other credits include the documentaries THREE DAYS TO SEE, SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL, and TRUMBO, as well as a number of acclaimed short films. Before producing on her own, Ariana held production and development positions at Miramax Films, Tribeca Productions and Reno Productions in New York City. She graduated from Stanford University.
Todd Shaiman — Producer
Todd has held several leadership roles at Pixar Animation Studios, where his credits include the Oscar-winning animated features UP and BRAVE. He is currently managing the finance and technical pre-production efforts on Pixar’s 2015 film, INSIDE OUT. Prior to Pixar, Todd worked in strategy at AtomShockwave, Microsoft and WebTV. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Oxford University and Stanford University.