Monday, January 18, 2010

Premier Image Productions wins Accolade Award of Merit!


Contact: Jennifer Hoge

La Verne production company, Premier Image Productions, wins Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition

(La Verne, Ca, January 17, 2010)   Jennifer Hoge, of Premier Image Productions, has won a prestigious Award of Merit from The Accolade Competition.  The award was given for Jennifer Hoge's feature documentary, Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint, which tells the story of Damien of Molokai through his own words, commentary, and narration. Fr. Damien de Veuster was named a saint by the Catholic Church on October 11, 2009.  Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint features exceptional use of Damien's letters and journal writings, as if Damien is telling his own story.   Damien's voice is portrayed by Tom Wilson, well-known comedian and best known as Biff from Back to the Future.  Mike Laponis, University of La Verne Professor, lends his voice as the narrator.  Commentary is provided by Fr. Micahel Barry,, Fr. Martin O'Laughin,, and Fr. John Roche,

"This film was a collaboration of efforts by many people and it was a pleasure to be a part of it," Jennifer Hoge said.  "I am proud of the film and am honored that it has been recognized by the Accolade Competition. Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint, touches everyone who watches this film in so many different ways.  When I started this production, I had no idea what we were setting out to achieve.  It was going to be about Damien, but it became so much more than that. Damien's life was an example of how the touch of God influences each and every one of us.  This film became an extension of that."

The Accolade recognizes film, television, and videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.  Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.  Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, Premier Image Productions joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award.  Thomas Baker, Ph.D, who chairs The Accolade, had this to say about the latest winners, "The Accolade is not an easy award to win.  Entries are received from around the world.  The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity.  The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries.  The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve."

Premier Image Productions produced Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint in association with the Secular Branch of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary USA West.
Copies of Damien Making a Difference, God Making a Saint can be obtained for a suggested donation of $30 by writing SSCC USA West PO BOX 668 San Dimas, Ca 91773 or e-mailing

For more information or to request a pdf file of the film's press kit with production stills, screen shots, cast bios and photos, director's statements, and film notes, please contact Jennifer Hoge at