When the students at an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore found out that their favorite teacher had been killed, they were devastated. Sister Cathy’s brutal murder was a heartbreaking mystery, and the majority of the students had no idea who would want to hurt such a kind and loving woman.
But some girls knew more. They knew that Father Maskell had been ritualistically abusing them for years, and that Sister Cathy had promised to confront the priest. They knew that Maskell would stop at nothing to get what he wanted, and that their only hope was now lost. These girls felt trapped and scared, plagued by guilt and fear. Their fellow students remained optimistic, placing their innocent faith in the police department to solve the crime.
But Maskell was the chaplain of the police department, his brother was a cop, and officers had been involved in the abuse. The murder was not solved, and Maskell’s reign of fear and terror expanded.
Decades later these girls are now women, discouraged by a lack of answers and accountability. Over the last three years, Sister Cathy’s former students have taken matters into their own hands, investigating the murder of their favorite teacher while providing support for those still struggling with the aftermath of abuse. As survivors find strength from each other and within, they are united with their classmates in their effort to uncover the truth and make it known.
Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave first met when they were 10 years old and made their first movie together when they were 12. Their friendship has evolved to encompass a longstanding creative collaboration that has resulted in multiple successful films and projects through their company, Tripod Media.
Prior to The Keepers, their most recent project together was The Case Against 8, a behind-the-scenes look at the five-year battle to overturn Proposition 8. The film received a grant from the Sundance Institute, won the Directing Award at Sundance, had its broadcast premiere on HBO, was nominated for two Emmys and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. White directed and Hargrave produced Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia Pictures), which tells the story of the Beatles’ longtime secretary Freda Kelly, and Pelada (PBS, Cinetic), a journey around the world through the lens of pick-up soccer.
White also directed Serena (Epix), a year in the life of tennis legend Serena Williams, and his other credits include: Capitol Crimes (Bill Moyers, PBS); Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown (CNN); 9/11: For the Record (Bill Moyers, PBS); and Country Boys (Frontline, PBS).
Kate Amend, ACE is the editor of two Academy Award-winning documentary features: Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home and is the recipient of the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing. Amend also received the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for Into the Arms of Strangers and was nominated for an Emmy for The Case Against 8, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Her most recent film, Serena, followed a year in the life of tennis legend Serena Williams. Her next film, FEMINISTS: What Were They Thinking?, will be released in 2017.
Kate is on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a member of American Cinema Editors. She is on the faculty at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and has taught Master Classes at acclaimed universities and film festivals around the world. Kate has been an advisor at Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs since June 2004.
Helen is a documentary film editor based in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, Helen edited the documentary Serena, which premiered in 2016 on Epix. Helen’s other editing work includes Good Ol’ Freda (SXSW, 2013), The Case Against 8 (Sundance, 2014; associate editor to Kate Amend), Judy Chicago: A Butterfly for Brooklyn (Doc short, 2015), and The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (TIFF, 2015).
Mark is an editor, musician, and filmmaker. Mark graduated from the University of Missouri and moved to New York City, where he got his first job in film as an intern in the Art Department of Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. In 2009, Mark found himself lost in the Wasatch backcountry near Provo, Utah, and stumbled upon a wild pack of documentary filmmakers, who kindly invited him to spend four summers supporting post-production for the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs. Recently, Mark has been editing Prophet’s Prey (Associate Editor) and Janis: Little Girl Blue (Editor).
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John has worked as a cinematographer and producer since 2001, participating in a wide variety of programming for an array of networks and collaborators. Diversity with passion takes him from textured documentary stories for the Nature Conservancy and the OWN network, to commercials for sports giants like Under Armour, ESPN and Nike. John also continues to work on natural history and science series programming for the BBC, National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. A two-time Emmy Award Winner for Best Cinematography, John has travelled far and wide to cover some of the world’s greatest spectacles. John is currently working on two feature-length documentaries that will release in 2018.
Blake is an award-winning composer, whose work spans film, television and the concert world. He is currently scoring NBC’s Blindspot and the CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Legends of Tomorrow. Recent film work includes HBO’s The Case Against 8, the EPIX documentary Serena and the upcoming feature Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Neely has scored more than twenty television series, including CNN’s highly acclaimed Decades Series (The Sixties and The Seventies), The Mentalist, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, and Political Animals. Among his film credits are Life As We Know It, The Great Buck Howard, The Wedding Date, and Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope. He has received three Emmy nominations for his scores to ABC’s Pan Am, the HBO mini-series The Pacific, and for his main title theme from the series Everwood.
Neely has worked as a co-composer, conductor, and orchestrator with such masters as Michael Kamen, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and Vangelis, writing additional music for Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Something’s Gotta Give, The Last Samurai, and many others. An author of more than 25 instrumental method books, including the best-selling Piano for Dummies, Neely has been a featured lecturer on film music at multiple acclaimed institutions around the world.
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