Dominic DeLay, OP
Dominic DeLay is a Dominican friar and Catholic priest in Los Angeles who writes and directs films. He is the founder and president of Mud Puddle Films, which creates contemplative cinema that opens minds to mystery, hearts to hope. His DVD of award-winning short films is popular with discussion groups. The audience favorite is Soda Jerks, a bittersweet comedy about the power of sweets over a bitter old woman. Another DVD is Inside Darkness, a thriller about three presidential candidates trapped in a dark cell. His current project is Zola Jumped In, about a 15-year-old girl who, when the little brother she raised is killed, turns to a gang, a neighborhood church, and pregnancy for a sense of belonging and purpose. The story takes place at the late night Easter initiation, with glimpses backward and forward in time. The film will explore the beauty and depth of ritual, sacraments, and community.
Dominic's MFA in film production is from Chapman University in Orange County. He received his B.A. in music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, his Master of Divinity and M.A. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Dominic was awarded the Fra Angelico Award in 2008. The Fra Angelico Award is the highest honor of recognition an artist can receive from the Dominican Institute of the Arts.