Deep in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, the Huntsville monastery was established in 1947. It became a thriving community, housing 84 monks on a large farm. They supplied eggs, bread, grain and honey to neighbors and friends. 

In September 2017, after 70 years, the monastery closed. 

But thanks to the efforts of John Slattery, a cinematographer and director from Berkeley, the monastery’s legacy will live on. From 2003 to the monastery’s closure in 2017, Slattery had been filming the monks in their natural habitat. It is the first — and last — film about the monastery. 

In “PRESENT TIME: Journal of a Country Monastery,” Slattery has created an intimate, observed chronicle of the everyday lives of the Huntsville monks. To learn more about the Huntsville monastery and “PRESENT TIME,” visit