MOURNING DOVE FILMS
REVIVING CINEMA AS ART.
French filmmaker Robert Bresson warned in 1983, “Right now, cinema isn’t an art. If it continues as it is now, it never will be.” He declared that cinema must become, “[. . .] something extraordinary in itself [. . .]”
In lieu of the depravity and decadence of Hollywood, founder William Jacobs saw potential for a subversive independent film industry in the Midwest. “There is the expression that a poet must not avert his eyes from the world, but facing the unprecedented ugliness of modernity is no easy task. It is my great objective to initiate a spiritual renascence with cinema—to bring forth films of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.”
Founder William Jacobs speaks about Mourning Dove Films’s mission.
FILMMAKING NOT FOR THE BODILY APPETITES, BUT THE HUNGER OF THE SOUL
JOIN OUR VOYAGE INTO TIME
Mourning Dove Films is not only an independent film production company, but a quest for a more beautiful cinema.
NEWS & PRESS
"Peoria native sets out to create debut feature film on 16mm celluloid film"
WCBU | By Jody Holtz
Published September 2, 2022 at 2:07 PM CDT
“Cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta are hubs for aspiring filmmakers, but one Peoria native decided the River City was the best place to establish his production company, Mourning Dove Films.
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SACRED & PROFANE LOVE
ABOUT THE FILM
A young artist recollects his past muse on a blustery winter day. Vacillating between upholding certain ideals and compromising them to end his friction with modernity, a bittersweet truth eventually emerges from a fantasy.
A Moment Is Enough—a 16mm short film excerpt of an upcoming feature film taking place in Peoria, Illinois.
A MOMENT IS ENOUGH
HELP US ILLUMINATE TRUTH & BEAUTY
It takes a miracle to make a film.