musical staff


"A heartfelt coming of age story...boasts sensitive performances, direction, and dialogue."

- The Hollywood Reporter

"Pope Dreams is a winner!... Unique vision and sublime writing that captures characters filled with incomparable heart."

- Film Threat Magazine

"Festival favorite!"

- Curt Holman, CREATIVE LOAFING Weekly, Atlanta

"This movie and its excellent cast really capture the often frustrating, yet loving relationships within families."

- Lisa Delao, SqueezeOC

"What a sweet, inspiring movie. An indie gem!"

- Tiffiny Kaye Whitney, L.A. Splash Magazine

"Rarely do films tell those small, personal, important stories that really mean something; yet, Pope Dreams does it beautifully... Many of our members tell us that their cancer diagnosis is a gift - a wake up call that enables them to start living a full life. Pope Dreams is certainly a reminder that each day is a gift to be cherished."

- Kelly Counts, Gilda's Club (Gilda Radner's Cancer Organization)

"Full of rich, conflicted characters and deep emotional undertones."

- Richard Chang, OC Register

"A funny, dark, dreamy coming-of-age story."

- Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

"With 'Pope Dreams' writer-director Patrick Hogan raises the bar for coming of age films. 'Pope Dreams' has humor and heart told with a fresh, unique approach. It's engaging and entertaining on all levels. Spectacular performances by Phillip Vaden and Noel Fisher should put them on the A-list of new young talent. 'Pope Dreams' gets my good movie recommendation."

- Bobbie Wygant, NBC Ch 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Atlanta Film Festival (Grand Jury Award Best Narrative Feature + Best Actress Nominee Julie Hagerty); Phoenix Film Festival (Breakthrough Performance Award, Phillip Vaden); Big Bear Lake Film Festival (Grand Jury Award Best Feature + Audience Award Best Feature); Newport Beach Film Festival (Best of Fest); Lake Arrowhead Film Festival (Best Feature + Best FIlm of the Festival Film); FYLMZ Festival (Most Inspirational Film Award); Stony Brook Film Festival (Feature Jury Award); USA Film Festival (Closing Night Screening); FAIF International Film Festival; Global Peace Film Festival, Florida; Global Peace Film Festival, Japan; Malibu Celebration of Film (for winners of other fests); Dakino Film Festival, Romania; Edmonton International Film Festival; Anchorage International Film Festival; Durango International Film Festival; Lake County Film Festival; San Fernando International Film Festival; Laguna Beach Film Society; San Diego Film Society; Desert Film Society of Palm Springs