Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In the House of God

Director Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S. - long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices “heard”. Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope - who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia - as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

Writer & Director:
Oscar® Winner Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room)
Narrators:
Chris Cooper, Alex Gibney, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery

Milwaukee Archdiocese Sex Abuse Files To Be Released, Huffington Post, Dinesh Ramde and M.L. Johnson, April 3/13
'Mea Maxima Culpa' looks at Catholic Church's abuse cover-up, Los Angeles Times review, Mary McNamara, Feb. 4/13
HBO's 'Mea Maxima Culpa' Lands at Right Time, Variety, Brian Lowry, Feb. 1/13

Credits (Click to expand)

Content Media Corporation (Logo)

HBO Documentary Films (Logo)

A Jigsaw Production

In association with Wider Film Projects

and Below the Radar Films

A Film by Alex Gibney

Mea Maxima Culpa

Silence in the House of God

Director of Photography Lisa Rinzler

Original Music by Ivor Guest and Robert Logan

Editor Sloane Klevin

Producer

Kristen Vaurio

Co-Producer

Sloane Klevin

Executive Producers

Lori Singer

Jessica Kingdon

For HBO Documentary Films

Executive Producer Sheila Nevins

Supervising Producer Sara Bernstein

Producers

Alex Gibney

Alexandra Johnes

Produced by Jedd Wider and Todd Wider

Written and Directed by Alex Gibney

End Credits

Voices:

Terry Jamey Sheridan

Gary Chris Cooper

Pat Ethan Hawke

Arthur John Slattery

Narrated by Alex Gibney

Associate Producer Eimhear O’Neill

Associate Producer

Laurie Goodstein

Consultant

Jason Berry

Music Supervisor

John McCullough

Assistant Editor

Erin Barnett

Apprentice Editor

Joe Fenstermaker

Additional Editorial Assistance

Brett Banks

Alex Keipper

Researchers

Cara Mones

Chris Moore

Archival Research

Salimah El-Amin

Dylan Dawson

Judith Berger

Location Cinematography

Ireland Ross McDonnell

Italy Ludovico Chincarini , Karma Gava

Additional Cinematography

Zena Barakat

Mark Carey

Angshuman Ghosh

Mike Gillis

Sam Painter

Antonio Rossi

Brett Wiley

Assistant Camera

Carlo Beasie

Chris Dodds

Patrick Haley

Michael Krieger

David Kavanaugh

Paul Morehring

William O’Marra

Ryan Scott

Linda Slater

John Veleta

Gaffer

Carlo Beasie

Ryan Bronzm

Mike Gills

Mike Handley

David Kavanaugh

Matthew Walker

Data Manager

Jason Helgren

Sound Recordist

David Hocs

Additional Sound

Bill Armstrong

Jeff Faber

Michael Jones

Joe McCartan

David Mitlyng

Jonathan Packer

Lucy Pickering

Ted Roth

John Vardas

Assistant to Mr. Gibney

Jacqui Lewis

Translations/Interpreters

Empire Interpreting Service

Mala Boyce Communication Specialties

Craig Fogel

Traduvisual

Paulo Avenati

Annalisa Vozza

Gioia Smargiassi

Transcripts

Richard Dworkin Transcripts Associates

Production Accountant

Barbara Karen

E&O Counsel

F. Robert Stein, Esq

Pryor Cashman LLP

Production Counsel

Jackie Eckhouse, Esq.

Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP

Production Insurance

DeWitt Stern

Ireland

Producers for Below The Radar”

Trevor Birney

Ruth O’Reilly

Audio

Colm O’Meara,

David Kilpatrick,

Kevin McCarthy

Location Scout Cathy Pearson

Production Assistant

Catherine Madden

Executives for Irish Film Board

Production Executive - Alan Maher

Business & Legal Affairs Co-ordinator - Aileen McCauley

Italy

Producer Nicoletta Billi

Additional Camera Eric Biglietto

Assistant Camera Nicola Campiotti, Andrea Curiazi

Audio Federico Pucci

Production Assistant Davide Sacchetti

RECREATIONS

Producer

Maureen A. Ryan

Unit Production Manager

Rosemary Lombard

First Assistant Director

Fred Blankfein

Production Designer

Markus Kirschner

Art Director

Gonzalo Cordoba

Costume Designer

Christine Field

Hair/Makeup Artist

Vera Stromsted

Casting Director

Adine Duron

Script Supervisor

Kristen Vaurio

First Assistant Camera

Mike Drucker

Steadicam Operator

Yousheng Tang

Media Manager

Erin Barnett

Gaffer

David Kavanaugh

Best Boy Electrics

Raina Oberlin

Tyler Chong

Key Grip

Chad Battinelli

Best Boy Grips

Jessica Bennett

Tyler Chong

Matthew Cryan

Alexa Harris

Brian Yost

Swing/Driver

Joe Chiofalo

Wardrobe Assistant

Desta Mason

Carpenter

Marko Orso

Art Department Production Assistants

Isaac Gardner

Alex Hiller

Adam Merritt

Mickey Micklos

Rammy Park

Avery Sorrels

Gerry Villaroel

Justin Zweifach

Location Scout

Kurt Enger

Nelson Khoury

Teddy Yoon

Production Coordinator

Sami Khan

Key Production Assistant

Sarah Karas

Talent Coordinator

Jacqui Lewis

Stills Photographer

Noah Fowler

Production Assistants

Nick Deel

Chad Leto

Maureen Lewis

Omari Miller

Cara Mones

Cory Winter

Parking Coordinator

Pedro Jimenez

Parking P.A.

Pedro Jimenez, Jr.

Caterer

Perry Mallas/Benvenuto Catering

Craft Service

Luis Zuniga

Dennis Gleason

Father Murphy

Robert Hoaston

Religious Ritual Priest

Doriel Pryntz-Nadworny

Dorm Room Boy/Signing Boy

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS

Brady Bryson

Kyle Donnerly

Wyeth Freaney

Alexander Primavera

Antony Toron

Matthew Hughes

Larry Hunt

Aaron Ballard

Lazlo Bilinszky

Desta Mason

Sara Ann Parker

David Rosenblatt

Viet Vo

Production Assistants

Andrea Aliseda

Cory Winter

Chad Leto

Nick Deel

Andrea Hernandez

Jason Helgren

Raymond Moore

Interns

Julia Berke

Javier Botero

Nina Boyd

Patty Coloney

Sean Clark

George Elkind

Carina Guiterman

Laura Hartrick

Laura LaPerche

Tammi Landau

Jenny Leavitt

Ethan Metcalfe

Ittai Orr

Josh Rolens

Greg Ryan

Konstantin Syomin

Kate Twomey

Post Production Supervisor Kelley Cribben

Sound Design Company Henryboy

Sound Designer Bill Chesley

Assistant Sound Designer Matthew Hedge

Supervising Sound Editor Allan Zaleski

Dialogue Editor Philip Stockton

Assistant Sound Editor Chris Fielder

Post Production Sound Facility C5, Inc. New York

Re-recording Mixer Tony Volante

Asst. Re-recording Mixer Dan Timmons

Project Producer Rob Browning

Mixed at Sound Lounge

Online Facility Technicolor/Postworks

Supervising Conform Editor Benjamin Murray

Conform Editor Ryan McMahon

Project Manager Technicolor PostWorks Debora Lilavois

Digital Intermediate provided by Company 3

DI Colorist Billy Gabor

DI Producer Soraia Callison

DI Assistant Alexander Brownley

Account Executive David Feldman

CO3 Executive Producer Stefan Sonnenfeld

Flame Artist Brian Kubovcik

Additional Post Production

Glue Editing and Design

Union Editorial

Title Sequence and Graphics created by Carbon vfx

Creative Director Kieran Walsh

Executive Director Frank Devlin

Designer/Animator Andrew Brown

Animator David Nelson

Visual Effects Associate Producer Mallory Benishek

Archival Credits

ABCNEWS VideoSource

Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis

ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/Reuters/Corbis

ALLEN FREDRICKSON/Reuters/Corbis

Andrew Medichini/ /AP/Corbis

Archival Footage Provided by Oddball Film + Video, San Francisco

Archive footage CTV- Vatican Television Center

Arthur Budzinski

Associated Press

Bettmann/CORBIS

Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis

Center for Constitutional Rights

Christopher Anderson/ Magnum Photos

Christopher Morris/VII

Courtesy of the Gallaudet University Archives

Denys Horgan

Eric Gay/ /AP/Corbis

ETTORE FERRARI/epa/Corbis

FILM Archives, Inc.

Flatland Films

From the Archives Department, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Libraries

Gary Smith

GIUSEPPE GIGLIA/epa/Corbis

Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos

The Houses of the Oireachtas, the Irish National Parliament

Hugo Jaeger/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Images of America: Jemez Springs

Istituto Luce

ITN Source

ITN Source/Fox News

ITN Source/Reuters

Jason Berry

JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis

Jeff Anderson & Associates

Jeffry D. Scott

John Moriarty

Josef Koudelka/ Magnum Photos

LARRY DOWNING/Reuters/Corbis

Lynsey Addario / VII

Mariachi Producciones SA de CV

Margie Bolger Davis

Mark Hanson

Mark Holm

Milenio Televisión

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

NBC Universal Archives

Paolo Pellegrin/ Magnum Photos

Francis Kuehn

Patrick Kuehn

Photograph by PatrickMcMullan.com

Patrick Wall

Radharc Archive/RTE

Rembert G. Weakland

Reuters/CORBIS

Richard Sipe

Robert Borden

Robert Mickens

RTÉ LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

Steven Geier

Stock footage courtesy of The WPA Film Library

Streamline Films, Inc.

T3Media/BBC Motion Gallery

T3Media/CBS News

Terry Kohut

The Irish Times

Thomas Doyle

Tim Thompson/CORBIS

Tom Bean

TONY GENTILE/Reuters/Corbis

TrackNEWS Library

Video supplied by Archive Films: Editorial/Getty Images

VINCENZO PINTO/ AFP/Getty Images

Yana Paskova/The New York Times/Redux

ZDF Enterprises

Special Thanks

Mary Raftery

Pam Kramer

Gigi Budzinski

The Family of Robert Bolger

Center for Constitutional Rights

Steven Geier 

Phil Saviano

Brent Milner

The Staff of Union Editorial

Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, New York

Charles Edward Albert

John Bolger & Margie Bolger Davis

Bob Donnelly, North American Camera

Juan Vaca

Congregation of St Joseph's Church, North Belfast

David Arrell

Lough Derg

Angela Copley

Timothy Watson

Maurizio Turco

Score performed, recorded and mixed at Microcosm, London, by Ivor Guest and Robert Logan

Mix and Recording Engineer- Cameron Craig

Acoustic and Electric Guitars performed by James Watson

Cello performed by Philip Sheppard

Treble voice parts performed by Joseph Cawley

With thanks to Tom and Alyson Cawley, and Alice Grant

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