Notes on the Beatitudes

(Again, I’m writing here outside of my usual cultural and entertainment wheelhouse. This is the outline for a presentation I gave to the RCIA program at St. Dorothy’s Church in Glendora. I’m sharing it here because I had a number of requests. I qualify this by saying that I am not a theologian and it [Read More…]

On Hollywood Finding the Bible Again

It always makes me laugh how mainstream media interviews take so long, but end up actually using so little of what has been said. I remember once doing an hour long on camera interview with ABC GMA and then having only about eight seconds of me end up in the finished piece. So many nerves [Read More…]

Blessing for Hollywood Artists and Professionals

Tonight, August 3rd, we will inaugurate a new ministry to provide communal prayer, retreats, spiritual direction and formation to Catholic professionals in the entertainment industry. We invited 20 people to attend the first meeting and we have 42 who have let us know they are coming. It’s a sign that the Lord’s flock in Hollywood [Read More…]

On Liberal Ideologues Watching Classic Movies

I resonated with so much of this piece by Joseph Schaeffer. Especially loved this: “Those of us who don’t see a need to redefine the family or male and female sex roles and the like can easily view a classic film and enjoy it for what it is. We don’t feel a burning need to [Read More…]

“Communicating the Culture of Life: Media and Message Training for Medical Professionals”

Here’s an exciting event we are going to be putting on just before the Catholic Medical Association conference here in Southern CA this October 22-23. (From the web site) With euthanasia creeping up on the horizon, advancement in biotechnologies and the frightening infusion of Obamacare cash to Planned Parenthood, there has never been a more [Read More…]

The Essential, Non-Negotiable, Necessary Skills for Visual Storytellers

[Here’s another blurb for our upcoming book Little Gems: Better ‘Notes’ on Screenwriting and Storytelling. These are the non-negotiables of proficiency in storytelling for the screen. It isn’t an exhaustive list of screenwriting skills but really just the essentials. I almost included a section on “Layering.” ( I think I need to add “Layering.” If [Read More…]

“A Gospel Spirituality for Creative People”

Please help me get the word out! I’ll be giving my talk on “A Gospel Spirituality for Creative People,” to the new Professional Entertainment Fellowship at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills on July 30th from 7p-9:30p in the Parish Hall. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Church address is: 504 N. [Read More…]

Way, Way Good

The Way, Way Back Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Starring Steve Carell,Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Sam Rockwell, Liam James (I reviewed this movie back during Sundance. Reprinting the review here as the movie is in theaters now.) I loved this film. It’s the kind of “little gem” project you [Read More…]

Becoming Catholic in 34 Weeks…. When You Really Mean It

It’s actually encouraging and discouraging both at the same time. Ever since I wrote this, I have been getting a steady stream of inquiries about the contents of the RCIA program that we use with our Hollywood converts. It’s encouraging how many people want to find a smarter, more cohesive and rigorous program of introduction [Read More…]

Towards a Cultural Solution: A Proposal for The Story Institute

This is what I would do if I won a really big lottery. “A culture can not evolve without honest, powerful storytelling.” (Robert McKee) The Problem: For over a century, the undisputed engine of global storytelling, Hollywood is now in a crisis. The box-office numbers are holding up but the declining number of theater-goers is [Read More…]