Across: The Father Tolton Story

Across: The Father Tolton Story

Based on an incredible true story, the short film ‘Across’ brings to life a pivotal moment in the boyhood of Father Augustine Tolton, the first African American priest. “Gus,” a 10-year-old Missouri field slave, is devastated when his father flees the plantation to go fight with a ‘colored’ regiment in the Civil War. With the brutal overseer George watching his every move, Gus tries to convince his mother to take the rest of the family on the dangerous journey north.

To achieve his freedom, Gus – along with his mom, brother and infant sister – must not only outrun George and the slave-catchers, but also avoid Confederate soldiers, eager to collect the lucrative bounty. Most dauntingly of all, the mighty Mississippi River stands between Gus and free land in Illinois.

The film is being developed into a feature film and Faith Film Fund is delighted to present Across as our premiere project. Investments are already underway!


I am thrilled to be able to present our film ‘Across’ to film audiences across the world. This has been a labor of love for our hard-working cast and crew. Although our budget was small, we feel we have brought an epic feel to the true boyhood story of one of America’s unknown heroes, Father Augustine Tolton.

When I first heard the details of his life from Bishop Joseph Perry (who is presenting Tolton’s cause for sainthood to Rome,) I knew it was a film I had to make. The movie would never have been possible without the encouragement of my wife. Executive Producer Mary Beth Anthony (who also worked on the soundtrack) and Matt Cameron (who co-produced while battling Stage IV Cancer.)

Our talented team hopes you enjoy watching ‘Across’ as much as we enjoyed creating it.

-Christopher Foley