The title "The Boy Who Found Gold" was inspired by the early martyrs of the
church who died in Rome between the 1st and 3rd centuries. Many of them
were 10 to 14 years old, Tarcisius, Pancratius, Agnes. They each had
something unique in their hearts, the courage to live and die for what
they believed - to me that is the Gold. It's the individual willing to step
out of the crowd of cowards, to stand with the least of their brothers.
The Gold embodies the essence of spiritual strength, the moment when to
the outside world you appear to have nothing, but inside your soul you
actually have everything.
I made the conscious decision as a filmmaker that I would stick solely to
McNichols' voice and truth, my conviction being his prayers and stories had
enough gunpowder in them to carry the entire film. The courage of his heart
and artistic gifts that are shared represent to me a historic document of both
humanity and faith, one rooted in perseverance. I knew in my soul this
was the film that needed to be made, something bare and singular, like an icon. This also meant sticking to my own truth, which was that I had become an "Icon Pilgrim", traveling thru Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California visiting these sacred images. The greatest gift I could give the viewer would be to get out of the way and let them make this pilgrimage their own.
We begin this story in the year 1990, McNichols is age 40, he is unable to pray and unable to feel anything. He is climbing out of the wreckage of a great aftermath that was New York city in the 1980s. It's in his rebirth into the ancient art of iconography that we get to share in his spiritual transformation. We see mercy in action, we see an expression of God's Will that speaks to all people and as he captures the presence of every soul he paints, we realize something else: that this is the edge-point of faith. This is The Boy Who Found Gold.
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Director / Producer