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As we celebrate the journey of Detroit’s own Bl. Solanus Casey to Sainthood, we can each take our own personal journey of discovery:

How does a humble boy from Irish Immigrant parents rise to the rare and distinguished honor of beatification?

Who was Bernard Casey growing up? What decisions did he make in his life that set him on a path to become one of the few humans to walk the earth as a saint and to ending up as a beacon of hope and prayers for those who believe?

What role did God play in each step of his remarkable pathway to sainthood?

What is the historical significance of the Capuchin Friars? Where did they originate, and among many different Catholic orders, what was it about this particular one that impelled Bl. Solanus Casey to become a Capuchin-Franciscan Friar?

What would life have been like for a Capuchin Friar in Detroit in the 20s, 30s and 40s? What impact did they have on the community? When specifically did the journey to sainthood begin for Bl. Solanus Casey, or was it preordained from his birth? How is sainthood decided? What constitutes a miracle in Catholic dogma? How has the power of prayer and faith helped others?

Over the course of the next year, Emmy awarded producer director Keith Famie, along with the crew at Visionalist Entertainment Productions, will dedicate their time and technical expertise to tell the story of “Blessed Casey’s Journey to Sainthood”.

We will delve deep into who the man in the habit was and what this will mean to the Motor City and, now, as he is revered among the most holy of icons in the Catholic Church, to the world.

Director/Producer Keith Famie

Keith Famie was, for many years, known as a celebrity chef of and metro Detroit restaurateur. He was selected as one of America's "Best New Chefs" in 1989 by Food and Wine magazine; twice his restaurants were chosen as "Best New Restaurant" in America by Esquire Magazine

Famie was also a finalist on the 2001 reality television series, "Survivor, the Australian Outback."

Keith hosted his own Food Network series, "Keith Famie's Adventures," traveling the world documenting cooking styles from the plains of Africa to monk monasteries of Taiwan, to the lifestyle of Key West.

In 2004, the Adventure Chef embarked on a new journey - documentary filmmaking. "I didn't want to be the 'Adventure Chef' guy anymore. I wanted to help people tell their stories."

Since that life-changing decision, Famie has been awarded eleven Michigan Emmys and been nominated several other times for his rich, human-interest storytelling, from ethnic documentaries to military tribute films. He and his team at Visionalist Entertainment Productions create informative, entertaining films that touch a wide audience.

In 2013, Keith produced a seven-part series called "The Embrace of Aging, the male perspective of growing old," which aired on PBS Detroit in 2013. And in 2015, Famie received his 11th Emmy for "The Embrace of Aging, the female perspective of growing old," the second 13-part film series in this trilogy.

In 2016, he completed "Maire's Journey," a touching story about a 24-year-old cancer patient and the amazing journey she made in her afterlife. Accompanying the film is the book “Maire’s Journey to the Sea,” which documents the behind-the-scenes of making the film. In November of that year, a two-hour film titled "Death Is Not the Answer," which looks at the complicated and emotional subject of depression and suicide, aired on DPTV and is slated for a state-wide release in 2017.

2017/2018 will see several new projects, such as “Enlisted” which explores the reasons why young people join the military; and “On the Front Lines of Alzheimer’s,” which introduces us to Alzheimer’s and those who are on the front lines of combating the disease. Having lost his father to Alzheimer’s a number of years ago, Famie hopes this film will bring hope to those touched by this disease.

Says Famie, "There is nothing more gratifying than being able to touch people through the documentary film work that we do. I know we can affect people's lives."

Over the years, Keith has been actively involved as a director or board member of several well-respected, Michigan-based 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that support everything from children with cancer and hunger relief to veterans’ issues. In 2003 Keith completed the Kona Ironman in support of Leukemia Team In Training.

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MEDIA/SUPPORT

Februrary 20, 2018 - letter from Detroit Public Television
February 23, 2018 - letter from the Capuchin Soup Kitchin

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CONTACT

Visionalist Entertainment Productions
28345 Beck Road, Suite 404
Wixom, MI 48393

Phone 248.869.0096
Fax 248.869.0097

Keith Famie
Executive Producer
famie@famie.com