oren_jacoby_headshot.jpgOREN JACOBY (Director / Producer / Co-writer) is an Oscar® nominated filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced award-winning films for more than two decades. He has made documentaries for the BBC, ABC, HBO, PBS, National Geographic, VH-1, and NHK (Japan).

His last film, “Sister Rose’s Passion”, was winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for a 2005 Academy Award®.

Recent credits include: “Downtown Stories” 5 portraits/jam sessions commissioned by Nokia and the Tribeca Film Festival, featuring Rosie Perez and Ed Burns; “The Topdog Diaries” with the 2002 Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, and performances by Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright; “The Shakespeare Sessions” starring Kevin Kline, Cynthia Nixon, Liev Schreiber, and Charles S. Dutton; “The Beatles Revolution”, for ABC and VH-1, “Swingin’ with Duke”, starring Wynton Marsalis and ”Sam Shepard: Stalking Himself”; “Master Thief” on the ‘art heist of the century’; and “Success” for the Emmy award-winning PBS series, The Irish in America.

Jacoby also wrote, produced and directed “The Return Ticket”, adapted from a short story by Anton Chekhov; “Ghosts of the Bayou”; “Idols of the Game”, featuring Michael Jordan; “Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing” for American Masters and “The Second Russian Revolution”, a behind the scenes investigation of the collapse of the USSR, called ‘the best BBC series of the decade’ by the London Independent.

He is currently producing “The Italian Secretary”, based on the novel my Caleb Carr and “The Marquis de Lafayette” (working title). His has just completed “The Last Girl on Earth” a romantic-comedy short commissioned by the Tribeca Film Festival based on a screenplay by Richard Dresser; see it online @ http://surround.verizon.net/presents/tff/

In addition to being honored by the Academy and the Tribeca Film Festival, he has won CINE Golden Eagles, the Royal Television Society (UK) journalism award, and the MacArthur Golden Owl award, as well as grants from the American Film Institute and ITVS (The Independent Television Service).

Jacoby has directed plays at Theater for the New City, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, the West Bank Café and regional theaters, including new works by Richard Dresser, Quincy Long, and Franz Xavier Kroetz. He collaborated with Adrian Hall on an adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men”, with songs by Randy Newman, at the Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Rep. His stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man was performed in a reading at the Tribeca Theater Festival, in a co-production with the Classical Theater of Harlem. He wrote the screenplay for “Shores of a Dream” (in development) and is co-author with Forrest Stone of the original screenplay “Tarzan Brown” for the Oxford Film Company. He attended Brown University, RISD and the Directing Program of the Yale School of Drama and is a native New Yorker.

jim_carroll_writer_1.jpgJAMES CARROLL (Writer / Producer) was born in Chicago in 1943, and raised in Washington where his father, an Air Force general, served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Carroll attended Georgetown University before entering the seminary to train for the Catholic priesthood. He received BA and MA degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. Carroll served as Catholic Chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974 and then left the priesthood to become a writer.

In 1974 Carroll was Playwright-in-Residence at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA. In 1976 he published his first novel, Madonna Red, which was translated into seven languages. Since then he has published nine additional novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Mortal Friends (1978), Family Trade (1982), and Prince of Peace (1984). His novels The City Below (1994) and Secret Father (2003) were named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. Carroll’s essays and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Daedalus, and other publications. His op-ed page column has run weekly in the Boston Globe since 1992.

Carroll’s memoir, An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, received the 1996 National Book Award in nonfiction and other awards. His book Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History, published in 2001, was a New York Times bestseller and was honored as one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and others. It was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and won the Melcher Book Award, the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award, and National Jewish Book Award in History. Constantine’s Sword is the basis of a 2007 documentary film directed by Oren Jacoby. Responding to the Catholic sex abuse crisis in 2002, Carroll published Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform. In 2004 he published Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War, adapted from his Boston Globe columns since 9/11. In 2006, he published House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power, a history of the Pentagon, which the Chicago Tribune called “the first great non-fiction book of the new millennium.” Among its honors is the PEN-Galbraith award for distinguished non-fiction published in 2005 or 2006. An HBO dramatic series based on House of War is in preparation.

Carroll is a regular participant in on-going Jewish-Christian-Muslim encounters at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Carroll is a member of the Council of PEN-New England, which he chaired for four years. He has been a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School. He is a trustee of the Boston Public Library, and a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School. Carroll is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University.

James Carroll lives in Boston with his wife, the novelist Alexandra Marshall. They have two grown children.


BOB RICHMAN (Director of Photography) started his career working with cinema verite pioneers Albert and David Maysles. He worked closely with them on many projects and eventually acted as director of photography on Maysles Films Inc. documentaries “Christo’s Umbrellas” and “The Producers: A Musical Romp With Mel Brooks.” His recent credits include, “My Architect: A Son’s Journey,” “Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster,” “An Inconvenient Truth” and Series DP for “Iconoclasts: Season 2.”

KATE HIRSON (Editor) began her film career with the pioneers of cinema verite, David and Albert Maysles, working on everything from their Beatles film, to their film on the artist Christo (“Running Fence”). She has a particular interest in documentaries about artists – whether they be painters (“14 Americans,” “Directions of the 1970’s”), dancers (“Dancing!”), classical musicians (“Playing For Real”), or film directors like Arthur Freed (“Musicals Great Musicals”), Busby Berkeley (“Going Through The Roof”), and Clint Eastwood (“Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows”). She recently received an Emmy Award for her work on “Judy Garland – All By Myself”, and was an editor on the landmark PBS series “African American Lives.”

JOEL GOODMAN (Composer) Acclaimed by The Hollywood Reporter as an “Indie Composer to Watch,” Joel Goodman is a multi-talented, award-winning composer. His original composition credits include work on Oscar and Emmy Award winning films, including “To Be Alive!” (Academy Award Winner); “Sister Rose’s Passion” (2005 Academy Award Nomination); “The Collector of Bedford Street” (2004 Academy Award Nomination) and “Children Underground” (2002 Academy Award Nomination) for such producers as HBO, Disney, GreenStreet Films, Good Machine, Anonymous Content, TriggerStreet Films, Double A Films, Maysles Films, PBS, Hybrid Films, Working Pictures and Cypress Films. He has also worked with an impressive array of distinguished directors and producers, including Wong Kar-wei, Kevin Spacey, Albert Maysles, Andrew Jarecki, John Penotti, Barbara Kopple, Susan Froemke, Stephen Ives and Fisher Stevens. Joel’s original music for television has included “The Staircase” (ABC); “Brooklyn North Homicide” (Court TV); “Seabiscuit” (American Experience/PBS); and “Robert Capa: In Love and War (American Masters/PBS); as well as Emmy Award winning shows “Born Rich” (HBO) and “Reporting America At War (PBS).

Michael Solomon (Producer) photographed and produced “How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It),” an award-winning feature documentary about Melvin Van Peebles. He has produced shorts, commercials, music videos and industrial films, with directors Albert Watson and Spike Lee, among others. He has also produced music and film shows for Italian television (RAI, Canale 5, Studio Universal and Telepiu’). He is currently in pre-production on a narrative feature about climate change.

Solomon was born in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Betsy West (Producer) is an award-winning producer and executive with more than twenty-five years experience in the network television and documentary film worlds. In addition to serving as producer for Constantine’s Sword and other Storyville projects, she is Visiting Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is also Executive Producer of Women 2.0, a documentary, book and internet project about the women’s movement that is currently in development.

West began her career at ABC News, where she traveled the world as one of the original producers of Nightline and was part of the senior team that launched the magazine program PrimeTime Live in 1989. She was Executive Producer of the ABC documentary program Turning Point from 1994-1998. Her work at ABC earned her 18 Emmy Awards. Turning Point won two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Gold Baton Awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. As Senior Vice President at CBS NEWS from 1998-2005, she oversaw 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, and was the executive in charge of 9/11, the 2-hour documentary that won a Peabody Award and the PrimeTime Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2002.

West graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University, where she is a Trustee Emerita and runs a Media Advisory Council. She earned a Master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She currently serves on the boards of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research and The New Victory Theater in New York City and is a member of the Overseas Press Club.

Elgin Smith (Supervising Producer) is a Montana native who moved to New York City to pursue a filmmaking career. He joined Storyville Films in 2001, and has since filled a variety of positions in both Production and Post-Production. Most recently, he served as Supervising Producer and Additional Editor on the upcoming feature film release, “Constantine’s Sword.”

His prior Storyville credits include: Editor and Associate Producer on the Oscar-nominated short documentary, “Sister Rose’s Passion”; Editor and Associate Producer on “Maestro”; and Associate Producer of “The Topdog Diaries” and “The Shakespeare Sessions,” both shown nationally on PBS.

Prior to joining Storyville, he worked at the Emmy Award-winning series American Masters as Production Coordinator on “Novel Reflections on the American Dream,” a pilot for the American Novel series, Production Associate on “Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows,” and as Assistant Editor on “Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind.”

Elgin’s film career began at the University of Montana, where he served as Producer, Editor, and Photographer on several pieces for Montana PBS, including “Anaconda: The Legacy,” an award-winning documentary produced by the Student Documentary Unit at U of M.


Metropole Film Board
in association with Prologue Productions present:
a :: Storyville Films :: :: production

Directed by
Oren Jacoby

Based on the book
Constantine’s Sword
by James Carroll

Written by
James Carroll
Oren Jacoby

Edited by
Kate Hirson


Director of Photography
Bob Richman


Produced by
Oren Jacoby


James Carroll
Michael Solomon
Betsy West


Supervising Producer
Elgin Smith


Music by
Joel Goodman


Graphic Design by
Brian Oakes



Constantine………………………………Liev Schreiber
Gian Pietro Caraffa………………………Phillip Bosco
Edith Stein…..……………………Natasha Richardson
Piero Terracina………………………………Eli Wallach


Associate Producers
Charlotte Gladstone
Leslie Friedman


Field Producers
Rafaella Di Giulio – Rome
Julie Gautier-Holt – Colorado
Ivette Löcker – Germany
Alexandra Salomon – Rome


Archival Supervisor
Amy Schewel


Katherine Hindley


Archival Licensing
Natalie Picoe


Sound Recordist
Edward L. O’Connor


Additional Sound
Peter J. Miller
Roger Phenix
Juan Rodriguez


Additional Editing
Elgin Smith


Additional Photography
Wolfgang Held
Oren Jacoby
Enrico Pergolini
Claudia Raschke-Robinson
Elgin Smith
Michael Solomon


Very Special Thanks
Abramson Family Foundation
Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Smith Bagley
Tom & Andi Bernstein Fund
Amy Binder
Arnold Delin
Howard Ganek
David & Judith Ganz Fund
Marty and Perry Granoff
Eugene M. Grant
Nancy & James Grosfeld Foundation
Martin Gross
Harvard Divinity School
Ann Kaplan
Henry & Elaine Kaufman Foundation
Glen Lewy
John McEnroe Foundation
Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation
Robin Neustein
Harold Newman
Thomas P. O’Neill III
Trevor Pears
The Jack and Marilyn Pechter Foundation
The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
Julie and Lawrence Salander
Cheryl S. Scott
Alan B. Slifka Foundation
Kathy Sloane
The Judy & Michael Steinhardt Foundation


1st Assistant Camera
Paola Barbaglia


Hossein Taheri
Gillian MacBride


Production Assistant
Nicola Di Giulio
Fulvio Pannese


1st Assistant Camera
Nicole Erksmeier


Helge Jansen


Brigitte Hillebrecht


Aleksandra Adamowicz
Maria Skapska


1st Assistant Camera
Pawel Kajszczak


Grzegorz Kuleta


Production Assistant
Wojtek Janiszewski


Andrzej Durman


1st Assistant Camera
John Bourbonais
Jeremy Wecker


Production Assistants
Juan Berrera
Joshua Weinberg


Steadicam Operator
Max Fischer


Mike Wilson


1st Assistant Camera
Joia Speciale
Brett Walters


Piotr “Ski” Jagninski
Paul Kaye
Mike “Electric” Mervilde
Smokey Nelson


Production Assistants
Frantz Jasmine
Jamie Meyer
Lionel Perez


Panasonic Varicam provided by
Abel Cinetech
Technovision – Rome


Re-recording Mixer
Richard Fairbanks
Pharaoh Editorial


Sound Effects
Rob Daly


Brian Vancho


Post-Production Services
Final Frame


Will Cox


On-line Asst.
Sandy Patch
Carter Gunn


Narration Studio
Tabby Sound
Jeremy Goldsmith, Engineer
Penny Lane Studios


Marc Aidinoff
Patrick Marshall Carroll
Jordan Leland
Angela McDowell
Julie Rubenstein
Matt Vascellaro
Jeffrey Yoskowitz


Special Thanks
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Thomas Lennon
Aureliano Amadei Daniel A. Madigan
Jens Baumeister David Maher
Dr. Barbara Becker-Jackli Janusz Makuch
Oded Ben Hur Alexandra Marshall
Mary Boys Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J.
Keith Brace Mario Marazziti
Peter Broderick Matthew Mazur
Trish Brush Susan Mercandetti
John Callahan Very Rev. and Mrs. James Parks Morton
Patrick Marshall Carroll M. Amata Neyer OCD
Mary Daly Samuel Norich
Serdar Demir Father Petrus Novak
Kelly Dougherty Padraic O’Hare
Alan Epstein Anna Orla-Bukowski
Rabbi Irvin Ehrlich Michael Posner
Theresa Fagan Andreas Rademachers
Barry Fagin Theodore Randles
Michelle Fagin Timothy Robbins
Marjorie Federbush Horst Roehler
Elizabeth Fineron Father Werner Rössel
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald Alessandro Ruben
Erin Fitzpatrick Oren Rudavsky
Abe Foxman Giacomo Saban
Rev. R. William Franklin Salander-O’Reilly Gallery
Reinhard Frenzel Chris Schwartz
Konstanty Gebert Fred Schwartz
Alex Gross Myrna Shinbaum
Richard Haass Salma Sieradzki
Anne Harrison Sarah Smith
Dean Heinz Heckwolf Peter Sprunger-Froese
Monica Herrera Stephanie Steiker
Willy Holtzman Wendy Strothman
Ashley Hubbard Jack Sultanean
Patricia Huhn Marion Swaybill
Jane Jacoby Theresa Swiebodska
Kathy Jones Steven Tabakin
Caroline Kaplan Eric Verlo
Christoph Klinkhammer Bonnie Weinstein
Stanislaw Krajewski Curtis Weinstein
Ron Kronish The Well, Eric Horowitz
Tomasz Kuncewicz Yale University
Agnieszka Legutko-Olownia Pam Zubeck
Abraham Lehrer Susan Zucotti


Archival Footage
ABC News VideoSource
Archive Films/Getty Images
CBS News Archive/BBC Motion Gallery
Center for Defense Information
CNN ImageSource
Corbis Motion/WLIW
Department of Defense
Diocese of Trier
F.I.L.M. Archives
Footage Hollywood
Historic Films
Indigo Pictures, LLC
JFK Library
Library of Congress
Istituto Luce
NBC News Archives
National Technical Information Service
National Archives and Records Administration
Onward Film Production Ltd.
Producer’s Library
Rick Ray/DV Archive
Thought Equity
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
WPA Film Library


“Lenny” © 1974 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved


“The Robe” and “The Agony and The Ecstasy” courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved.


“La Vie et la Passion de Jesus Christ” directed by Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca


“16 Ottobre 1943” courtesy of Marina Piperno producer, Ansano Giannarelli, director


Archival Stills
Kael Alford/Panos Pictures
Alinari/Art Resource, NY
Thorne Anderson
Archivio di Stato di Roma
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München
Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz/Art Resource, NY
Boston University Photo Service
Bridgeman-Giraudon/Art Resource, NY
Camera Press London/RETNA Ltd.
The Catholic University of America
Central Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs
Edith-Stein Archiv, Carmelite Monastery, Cologne, Germany
The Evening Star – DC Public Library/Washington Post
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Foto Marburg/Art Resource, NY
Getty Images
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/Getty Images
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Jewish National and University Library
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
Lexington Minuteman
Museo Nacional del Prado – Madrid
Museo di Roma, Archivio Fotografico Comunale
National Security Archive/George Washington University
The New York Public Library, General Research Division, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
The New York Public Library, The Dorot Jewish Division, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations
personal collection of James Carroll
personal collection of Thomas L. Hughes
personal collection of Kristen Leslie
personal collection of Sue Patterson
personal collection of Piero Terracina
personal collection of Amanda Weinstein
Reiner Nolden, Stadtarchiv/Stadtbibliothek-Trier
Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, NY
San Diego Museum of Art / Bridgeman Art Library
Scala/Art Resource, NY
Templegate Publishers/personal collection of Susanne M. Batzdorff
Time Life Pix/Getty
Ullstein Bild/The Granger Collection, NY
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force, OSI History Office
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Max Hollweg


Archival thanks to
Archivio Storico della Communità di Roma
Dominique Delouche
Alan Delozier, Seton Hall University Archives
Daniela Di Castro, Museo Ebriaco di Roma
Elisabeth Dühr, Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier
Denise Eggers, St. Paul’s College
Dr. Edyta Gawron, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – San Francisco
Jean-Claude Janet
Robert Katz
Ralf Kotschka, Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier
Museum of Auschwitz
National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting of the Jewish Museum, NY
Claudio Procaccia
Rev. John F. Smith
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
Manola Ida Venzo


Primary Source Texts
Constantine from Eusebius “On the Life of Constantine”
Gian Pietro Caraffa (Pope Paul IV) from Cum Nimis Absurdum
Edith Stein letter from the Edith-Stein Archiv, Cologne
Edith Stein Selected Writings With Comments, Reminiscences and Translations of her Prayers and Poems by her niece Susanne M. Batzdorff, Templegate Publishers LLC


“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Used by permission of Sony Music


“With God on Our Side”
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Performed by Aaron Neville
Used by permission of Universal Music Group


“The Crucifixion” from The Robe
Composed by Alfred Newman
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing


Additional production music provided by
Associated Production Music, LLC
Non-Stop Music Library, LLC


Legal Counsel
Robert I. Freedman


Co-Producer for Prologue Prods.
Donald Cutler


A production of
:: Storyville Films :: ::
Prologue Productions and
Metropole Film Board


Executive Producers
James Carroll
Oren Jacoby


© 2006 Metropole Film Board
Prologue Productions