'First Valentine' Filmed in Middletown

Why do we celebrate Valentines Day? Who is Saint Valentine? This short film answers those questions in a modern day setting.

If you are not aware of my blog posts, then let me tell you I am interested in videography and photography. I am attending a couple of courses at this semester. I wanted to learn the do's and don'ts of film/video making.  

I like making videos about/in Middletown. Middletown has a wealth of diversity, history and kind, compassionate people. My instructor, Rich Lenoce, is an intelligent teacher and very skilled at passing his expertise onto others. Learning the skills at MxCC has developed my understanding of film/video immensely!

This short film is the reason I joined the class. This value of instruction is worth so much more then I paid.

All of the shots were filmed in Middletown. A majority of the actors live in Middletown.

This film is about the story of St. Valentine shown in the modern era.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine's Day — and the story of its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was St. Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men.

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Another legend says Valentine restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. And on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today.

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