The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith
Directed by Bob Hercules
USA | 61 min | 2018
The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith is the groundbreaking documentary that tells the dramatic, true story of the Prophet-Herald known as the Báb, His message of the oneness of humankind, and the origins of a new era in world religion.
My dear friend and creative partner-in-crime, Jess Weixler, was pregnant with her first child last year. I’d recently become a father myself, and we were both asking ourselves the big questions: “What does it mean to be a parent?” “How will this new responsibility affect us as artists?” “Are we going to make ALL the same mistakes our parents did?” And most significantly… “Are we fuckin’ ready to become adults?”
So we decided to take all this existential exploration and head back to our indie roots to make a movie about it. We assembled a team of rock-star friends and collaborators and shot the film in 8 days (with an 8-month pregnant co-star) on a shoestring budget. The resulting movie is one that we are very proud of — a scrappy, punk rock comedy that serves as both an immediate and true (if somewhat hyperbolized) snapshot of a potent turning point in our lives.
Bob Hercules is a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose work has been seen widely on PBS, the Discovery Channel, IFC, The Learning Channel and through television syndication worldwide.
His 2016 film, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” is the first film made about the remarkable writer/activist/performer. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS’ American Masters series in 2017 and on the BBC’s Storyville series in 2017.. It went on to win 19 awards on 3 continents, including a Peabody Award in 2018.