Filming Policy

Published by at August 18, 2017 8:25 am

Peter Ryan asks:

Do you have a Filming Policy at your cemetery?

We are interested in updating our policy and I’d enjoy some feedback or comments on it:

Filming in a Catholic Cemetery

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, office of Catholic Cemeteries

To: Family Members/Public/News Media

• Filming or photography within the cemetery will not interfere with normal cemetery operations, disrupt the peaceful ambience of the cemetery or violate a family’s expressed desire for privacy.
• Filming or photography of individual headstones and markers, committal services and burials by family members, the news media or the public will be allowed if done in a respectful manner.
• News media should contact cemetery staff in advance to conduct a news story or to cover a committal service or interment.
• Restrictions on news media may be implemented by cemetery staff in order to comply with the wishes of family members, to maintain decorum or enforce Catholic Burial Tradition, Cemetery Protocol and church policy.
• News media are not required to reimburse the cemetery for expenses incurred while covering a newsworthy event in the public interest.

Entertainment/Commercial Requests
• Filming or photography for entertainment or commercial purposes is permitted under limited circumstances.
• The film company must contact the cemetery staff in advance to request permission and schedule the date/time of the filming.
• A written Catholic Cemeteries- Diocese of Rockville Centre agreement must be signed by the film company before filming may begin.
• Filming or photography within the cemetery will not interfere with normal cemetery operations, disrupt the peaceful ambience of the cemetery or violate a family’s expressed desire for privacy.
• Catholic Cemeteries reserves the right to document filming activities at our catholic cemeteries for preservation, training and public cemetery purposes.

Other Information
• Political activities, including filming of campaign ads, are not permitted on cemetery grounds.
• Cemetery management retains the right to approve, disapprove or halt filming or photography that interferes with normal cemetery operations, violates a family’s expressed desire for privacy or depicts the Roman Catholic Church or a Catholic Cemetery inaccurately and/or Catholicism negatively.

Thank you,

Peter Ryan, CCCE
Rockville Centre
pryan@holyroodcemetery.org