UTICA, New York, June 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Driven by a deeply personal calling to create films that glorify God, filmmaker John Martoccia’s second faith-based feature film “Death of a Tree” focuses on an older, devout Catholic man’s struggle to remain sexually pure after being seduced and then falling in love with a younger woman.
“I wanted my second film to explore the temptations of sex, power, guilt, and violence that practicing Catholics often face on a daily basis,” says Martoccia. “This is a tragic yet hopeful story about human frailty, the repercussions of sin, all within the context of God’s infinite mercy.” More…
Utica Observer Dispatch
For most filmmakers, inspiration does not always come easily. But Utica resident John Martoccia says his unwavering faith in God has a way of creating new ideas for him...
Catholic News Service
Were the Catholic Church to begin giving cinematic imprimaturs, few films would be better qualified to receive one than 'Vito Bonafacci', writer-director John Martoccia's meditative- and theologically impeccable- exploration of Scripture-based doctrine and spirituality. "'Vito Bonafacci' will certainly reinforce faith in the devout and those with yearnings for the sacred.." "Religious educators will also welcome the movie as an apt and pleasant instrument in the catechetical instruction of teenagers or adults.
The New York Times
In a world fixated on bombast, “Vito Bonafacci” offers a quiet haven for meaningful meditation.
Anthony Stella Productions is the brainchild of John Martoccia. The name of this production company is taken from John’s parents Anthony and Stella Martoccia. As such, it’s his way of paying homage to his mother and father. Although, he tried to live a life that reflected simplicity, in his heart he knew that it was his calling to make films. His faith-based movies explore the deeper truths and underlying meanings of life.
The basic ideas and plots behind these Catholic movies come from his own personal experiences. However, these personal experiences have the ability to connect to larger audiences, because they are something that a lot of people go through. The message of these movies is to abandon seeking immediate sensual gratification that is only temporary, and to embark on the journey to search for a deeper purpose to life.
At John Martoccia’s Christian Production Company, every project is taken very seriously. A considerable amount of effort and time is spent on meticulously hand picking the cast. Every little detail of these movies is carefully planned including music, cinematography, screenplay, and plot. Through his movies, John seeks to counter the mockery of traditional values and culture that is mainstream in the commercial films of today.
Being a devout practicing Catholic who attends daily Mass, regular confession and scripture reading, John Martoccia believes that his contribution to the faith that gave him so much is by making films that inspire other people to introspect into the meaning of life at a deeper level. According to many Catholic movie reviews, even though his movies will have a difficult time competing with mainstream films, they have definitely touched the souls of those that watch them.
Vito Bonafacci and Death of a Tree are the two movies that have been produced under this production banner, and audiences searching for Christian movies online should definitely check out these films and their spiritual messages.