The artistic efforts of Father Spencer Reece ’85, singer Dar Williams ’89 and artist Becca Vershbow ’06 intersect in a unique project to help a children’s home ‘Our Little Roses Ministry’ in San Pedro Sula, Hondorus.
Reese, writer, Fulbright fellow and Episcopal priest, is working on a book of poems with the young girls. Williams will provide the soundtrack for the feature-length documentary “Our Little Roses.” Vershbow has drawn portraits of the girls.
…One of the most exciting projects at OLR is led by Father Spencer Reece, who is also an award-winning American poet. He spent some time working at OLR with the girls years ago. “Nothing prepared me for it. Honduras is the poorest Spanish speaking country in the Western Hemisphere. I had never seen such poverty. I had never lived with orphans.”
During his last night in Honduras, he was “feeling rather useless,” until one girl, Wendolin, said to him, “Don’t forget us.” It touched him deeply. “I was a middle-aged gringo speaking Spanish terribly, who’d worked in Florida malls and wrote a book of poems. She was counting on me,” he says. Father Reece moved to Spain to improve his Spanish and, after a first vain attempt, he was given a Fulbright scholarship that now has allowed him to go back to OLR to work with the girls. All together, they are writing and illustrating a book of poems that will be published in a bilingual edition.
At the same time, a feature-length documentary film is being directed by Brad Coley. Actor James Franco is executive producer on the film, and Dar Williams is recording the soundtrack. Once completed, the film will be entered into all major film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes and San Sebastian.
Image: screenshot from interview
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- Spencer Reece and Dar Williams: A Video Interview
- Our Little Roses Film website
- Portraits by Becca Vershbow
- Peter Yarrow Sings with Dar Williams’ Music Movements Class