New film project: DAY OF A STRANGER

Many of you know I’ve been working on my directorial debut: DAY OF A STRANGER. This short film is about the world-renowned Trappist monk, Thomas Merton. Best known for his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton is said to be one of the most influential religious writers of the twentieth century.

From 1965 until his death in 1968, Merton lived in this small hermitage on the Gethsemani Abbey property in the woods of central Kentucky. The film will focus on this specific time period and the important work that emerged from this tiny cabin in the woods by piecing together some never before heard audio alongside footage from his hermitage.

You can find out more about the film and support the completion of this project at

Our anticipated release date is Fall of 2019.

Patrick and Cassidy’s first production trip to the hermitage, July 2018.

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Published by Cassidy Hall

Cassidy Hall (MA) is an author, filmmaker, podcaster, student, and holds a MA in Counseling. She works as a Teaching Assistant at Christian Theological Seminary where she is studying for her MDiv and MTS degrees. She also serves as Student Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ. Since 2017, Cassidy has been the Secretary of the International Thomas Merton Society. Cassidy worked on the production team of the documentary feature film In Pursuit of Silence and her directorial debut short-film, Day of a Stranger paints an intimate portrait of Thomas Merton’s hermitage years. Her podcast, Encountering Silence features interviews with contemplatives, modern-day mystics, and explores the ambiguity of silence in our modern-day lives. Cassidy’s work centers around the tension and intersection of silence and social action and contemplation in a world of action.

3 thoughts on “New film project: DAY OF A STRANGER

  1. Excited for this project. Been reading Merton and visiting the abbey for nearly 50 years. Merton continues to be relevant to our society and the world.

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