Documentary on chaplaincy to screen at Sundance

Filmmaker Luke Lorentzen has created A Still Small Voice, a documentary on chaplaincy which will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival 2023 in January. Lab colleague Rev. David Fleenor (Stony Brook Medicine) worked with Lorentzen to create the film, in which “An aspiring hospital chaplain begins a yearlong residency in spiritual care, only to discover that to successfully tend to her patients, she must look deep within herself.” You can learn more about A Still Small Voice here.

A still from A Still Small Voice by Luke Lorentzen, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Mati Engel, the CPE resident featured in A Still Small Voice

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Filmmaker Luke Lorentzen


David Fleenor, Founding Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education at Stony Brook Medicine

Writing in The New York Times, Nicole Sperling notes “Among documentaries, the filmmaker Luke Lorentzen follows an aspiring hospital chaplain on a yearlong residency in ‘A Still Small Voice,’ which the director of programming Kim Yutani called ‘one of the more fascinating journeys I saw this year.'”

We will provide updates regarding the availability of this documentary on chaplaincy as they develop.

You may also be interested in Chaplainsa documentary by Journey Films and Martin Doblmeier: “CHAPLAINS is a 2-hour documentary film that takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains – men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to be of comfort and support to everyone – religious or not. With a tradition dating back centuries, chaplains today are on the front lines – often in the midst of life and death situations – where the questions are the deepest and the need for spiritual and pastoral care the greatest.”