Producer seeks kids for Solanus Casey video project

Stan WIlliams

Stan Williams

Detroit — It might not be a Hollywood production, but it does involve one of the most holy people who ever lived in Detroit.

Local film producer Stan Williams is partnering with the Solanus Casey Center to produce a series of videos about the extraordinary life of Venerable Solanus Casey, and they need local Catholics’ help.

Williams and the center are looking for 12 to 20 children, ages 8-12, to participate in “His Designs,” a series of 10 videos depicting the life of Fr. Solanus. The project was started by the Solanus Casey Center to teach children more about the center’s namesake.

“There are going to be 10 short stories we’re going to be telling about Solanus’ life,” said Williams, an award-winning local producer with his production company, SWC Films, who was profiled in The Michigan Catholic last year.

“We’re hoping to find 10 kids to narrate the scripts, which we’ll see on camera first during the videos. Then we’ll cut away to other children, coloring a mysterious, large coloring book image of the story. The audience won’t know what they are coloring before they are done.”

Parents interested in helping their child audition can call Williams at (310) 962-8606 or email him at [email protected] to schedule an audition time at the Solanus Casey Center, located at 1780 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, on Feb. 27-28. To learn more about the production and its aims, parents can visit

“When the Solanus Casey Center contacted us, they wanted to communicate the extraordinary nature of Solanus Casey to children,” Williams said. “They wanted to do animation, but it wasn’t in the budget.”

“They invited me to talk to the executive committee and set up some examples of animation. Driving down to the center, knowing the costs, I was praying to think of another way. Then this idea came to me to make the animation the kids coloring, make it mysterious and get into fast-motion photography as the narrator is telling the story.”

By shooting the videos, the Solanus Casey Center could save money and complete the original goal of the project, creating a new way to teach children about the heroic life of Solanus Casey, and to help the center expand its outreach and education about Detroit’s venerable icon.

“When I told them my idea, their eyes lit up,” Williams said. “We’re really excited about the project and think it’s going to fantastic when it comes out.”