TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg issued an apology on his blog Thursday for the decision to allow filming of a raunchy comedy titled “Sex Ed” at the campus of the Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa.
Bishop Robert Lynch said he was awakened Thursday by an email alerting him to a Tampa Tribune story about the filming at the largely deserted academy, which closed two years ago after 81 years in operation.
“I wish to begin by apologizing to all alumni of SHA who like myself are embarrassed and perhaps even mortified by today's revelations and to assure all it will not happen again,” Lynch wrote in the lengthy Thursday afternoon post.
The diocese had failed to return repeated phone calls from the Tribune seeking comment for its story. Thursday morning, after the story appeared, a spokesman for the diocese contacted the newspaper to say there would be no comment.
Lynch's blog post followed emails sent to him Thursday morning by angry alumna of Sacred Heart Academy, 3515 N Florida Ave.
TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com) — Producers generally spread the word when they're filming a project so they can generate buzz and maybe boost their box office.
But that wasn't the case when a team was in Tampa last summer filming the indie flick “Sex Ed,” a raunchy comedy about middle school students who take ad-hoc lessons from an inexperienced teacher of the topic.
They kept their work secret out of concern there might be a change of heart or even protests by those associated with the campus used for the filming: Sacred Heart Academy, 3515 N. Florida Ave., a Catholic school that closed in 2012 for lack of enrollment after 81 years in operation.
“There was more making out in the convent during our film than in the total history of the building,” quipped the film's director Isaac Feder.
Producer Dori Sperko said she was surprised when historic Sacred Heart Church downtown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg agreed to allow them use of the campus for a fee. Sperko wouldn't say how much.
She had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.
“But they knew the name of the film and what it was about,” Sperko said.
Neither Sacred Heart nor the diocese responded to repeated requests for comment from the Tribune.
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