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Monday, 07 December 2015 14:59

Former Perth Franciscan friar, skateboarding hero, features in award winning Emmy video

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skateboarding FranciscanA music video of a skateboarding Franciscan, who spent 14 years living in Western Australia, received an Emmy at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on 7 November, reports The Record.

The video, Salve Regina, produced by US-based Spirit Juice Studio, displays the finely honed skills of Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate, Gabriel Cortes, as he skates through the streets and countryside of Chicago, clothed in the flowing traditional robes of his Order.

The production, which combines cinematic creativity with the musical backdrop of the US-born Friar Gabriel singing Salve Regina, won the Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming.

Creative Director of Spirit Juice Studios, Rob Kaczmark, was equally pleased with the exposure and success of Salve Regina and told The eRecord that the award had provided a very exciting moment for the Chicago-based Catholic design studio, which specialises in film and video production.

“We wanted to convey that being faithful and religious isn’t something that holds you back and separates you from the world,” Mr Kaczmark shared.

“But, rather, it is something that can transform everything around you. We wanted to convey that the Catholic faith is still relevant.”

Read the full story at The Record, the publication focusing on the Catholic Church in Western Australia.

Watch the music video "Salve Regina" from Spirit Juice Films on YouTube.