Apparition Hill

A year ago, I held a video contest and chose 7 people to investigate Medjugorje. My team and I filmed their experience, and the resulting documentary is now being released in theaters as Apparition Hill.

The group encountered some amazing things during their journey, many of which I believe were miracles… but that’s up to each viewer to decide.

Here’s the trailer:

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUolJjr8wCo[/embedyt]

LEARN MORE AT APPARITIONHILL.ORG


Here’s a press release about the screenings of the film:

Filmmakers Tour in Support of Apparition Hill

Documentary filmmaker Sean Bloomfield (If Only We Had Listened, The Triumph) and the Stella Mar Films crew have wrapped filming and finalized the details on an aggressive 16-city tour scheduled to launch Apparition Hill, the groundbreaking new documentary due out this May.12961248_1179239928752982_3215961688233830817_o

Members of the cast and crew will tour and present the film to audiences just outside of Orlando, FL, Pittsburgh, PA, New York, and Boston, MA before heading to the mid-West, beginning May 10th and continuing through May 27th, 2016.

“We didn’t set out to create a film about life and death,” says Mr. Bloomfield. “But when you draw seven people from different backgrounds together, you can’t help but explore what’s truly on people’s hearts. This project turned into a fascinating experience that shows just how much we all have in common. Despite what seem like major differences, these unlikely pilgrims have a shared story that needs to be told.”

The documentary is the fruit of a groundbreaking concept utilizing a video contest and crowd-funding campaign to send 5 individuals to Medjugorje, a little-known village nestled in between two mountains along the border of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia to film their experiences. The contest and campaign surpassed expectations and the “pilgrimage” added two additional travelers. Medjugorje has been a hotbed of controversy as millions visit the town each year to see for themselves whether the legend is true: that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has appeared to a select group of natives with regularity for the last 35 years.

11015841_1690001917902236_4012529088223558337_o“The Blessed Mother has shown herself in Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima, Kibeho and elsewhere,” notes fellow producer Cimela Kidonakis. “Why not Medjugorje? Whether or not it’s true, it still makes for a thought provoking film when real people, who don’t necessarily believe in God or Mary, witness phenomena that none of us understands—the conversations and revelations paint a picture of humanity that is really hopeful.”

As with 2013’s The Triumph, Bloomfield is careful to present the ideas of Medjugorje in a manner that respects the Catholic Church’s authority in its opinion of the validity of these alleged apparitions. Because the Church does not determine whether apparitions are true or false until after they have ceased, there can be no ruling on what is currently happening in Medjugorje. Both The Triumph and Apparition Hill make no claims on the veracity of the alleged apparitions but allow viewers a clear, in-depth understanding of some interesting facts.

“I think audiences will be very surprised and moved by this film,” says Bloomfield. “We took a group consisting of two atheists, a young mother with stage four cancer, a Catholic convert unsure about Mary, a father of nine who lost his wife, a man with ALS, and a drug addict. In a way, the films offers something for everyone.”

 

 

Hear my interview on SiriusXM about Apparition HillListen here

13087912_1755659688003125_1735463061839614854_n

Video for my father

Thank you to everyone who came out to the party in memory of my dad, Daniel Bloomfield. It was exactly the kind of fun, joyful party he would have wanted.

My dad’s favorite local band, Rough Edges, blew everyone away with their classic rock tributes to Dan, and it was great to have so many of his friends and ours together again.

My dad’s friends helped carry on his tradition of cooking delicious seafood including shrimp and crawfish, complete with his special recipe. There were lots of smiles and great stories about my dad.

Many of our guests asked me to post the little video that was playing at the party, so here it is, followed by some photos:

 

 

Daniel Bloomfield

Daniel Bloomfield

 

4442

 

4443

 

4444

 

4445

 

Dan Bloomfield

 

 

Rest in peace, Dad.  I love you.

-Sean

In memory of Daniel

Daniel Bloomfield
My father and I with a catch of Florida lobster in the Keys.

Sadly, my father, Daniel Bloomfield passed away on September 3, 2015 at the young age of 57.

I will be hosting a party in his memory for friends and family.

I wrote this poem a few days after my father died. I was in the marine life wing of the Natural History Museum in New York City — looking up at the gigantic blue whale and recalling all the wonderful times that he and I shared on the ocean — when the reality of his death truly hit me.

 

Beneath The Whale

let me sink to the bottom of the sea
and stare at the underside of waves

silent blue

where I can see the wind
but neither hear
nor feel it

salty solemnity
haunt me please

dissolve my anger

let me rest on a cushion of silt
as I remember that you taught me
how to fish

and dispersed Room Noodles
from your fingers
to ward off the nameless things
that lurked in the dark

and made me say
boy oh boy
am I enthusiastic
every morning before my socks
were wet with dew

I can catch a lobster

dock a boat

and tie several knots

I owe you that

I am 10 years old
I swim down
down to the sea floor

you take my hand
and squeeze it
squeeze it like you’re
trying to kill a small animal

you give me your regulator
and I breathe your air

we are weightless

you are calm and peaceful
when your air runs out
on the bottom of the sea
or propped up in bed
with the TV remote in your hand

poppy

dancing on docks

the clink of your spoon on
the ice cream bowl

your Miami Dolphins voodoo
that never worked

we all knew there
was nothing more
for you here

so ascend now
father

ascend