Cruise Film Retreat

       Join us for the very first        Cathlic Film Retreat At Sea!                                                                 Theme: … [Read more...]

Horton Hears a Who Film Study Guide

Film Study Themes for Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who By Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP Pauline Center for Media Studies       Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, based on the book published in 1954, is an anthropomorphic tale; that is, it is written in a literary form in which human qualities are attributed to animals or non-humans. Having said this, we can then imagine these creatures as persons and make applications accordingly (as does the great Dr. Seuss himself in the story). &nb … [Read more...]

Date: Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6, 2008 (The deadline for registration is June 28, 2008) Location: Pauline Center for Media Studies 3908 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City , CA 90230 Web site: “No motion picture subgenre has had so perplexing a success as the food movie. Generally defined as an arty romance centered around elegant cuisine, the food movie jumped to success with 1987's Babette's Feast, and kept its audience through such acclaimed sle … [Read more...]

Beliefnet Film Awards 2008 WINNERS!

  Beliefnet 2008 Film Awards Check out the results! Congratulations to the winners! Best Spiritual Film Amazing Grace Best Spiritual Performance Emile Hirsch Best Spiritual Documentary Into Great Silence (Notice that all the winning films are about men? Interesting....) … [Read more...]

Film Festival Religious Ed Congress Anaheim

For anyone attending the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, please consider attending the second annual film festival:           ANAHIEM HILTON PACIFIC BALLROOM ~ FRIDAY, FEB. 29th, 8PM  & SATURDAY, MAR 1st, 8PM New Films and Documentaries will be screened and clips shown from established producers as well as new and emerging Film Makers.  Don’t miss this entertaining event!   Admittance Free . . . Join U … [Read more...]

The Big Question Movie

This new film from Paulist Productions ( will be screening at the DC Independent Film Festival on Sunday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m at Georgetown University. I find this film inspiring, moving, informative and filled with powerful stories (the screening we had at a theater in Westwood a couple of months ago was filled to capacity and people were impressed and touched.) If you live in the DC area, or know someone who does, I hope you will make a pilgrimage and … [Read more...]

Tyler’s Ride Webisode Series from Paulist Productions

Check out the trailer for Paulist Productions newest initiative: WEBISODES. These will go live in March. "Tyler's Ride," The Trailer: Tags: Webisode; webisodes; Catholic webisodes aoljpictureUpload, aoljpictureUpload_1 … [Read more...]

Oscars 2008: Thoughtful, Life-Affirming, Artistic

     The Diving Bell and the Butterfly          I think 2007 will go down as the all-round best year for cinema in decades - though I think the main Academy Award categories could have had several more films added to them if rules and practicality would have allowed. On the other hand, Academy voters got the nominations right; they chose the best. The films, acting, and filmmaking are so good that it is extremely hard to predict who or which … [Read more...]

Cinema Divina for Teachers: Spiritual Development through Contemporary Film etc.

Here are links to four articles that I wrote and were published this month on film, a book review, and media literacy. Feel free to click! 1) Cinema Divina … [Read more...]

Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide

I didn't write this review but want to share this information with you; I know Dr. Gaye Ortiz very well and admire her work in theology and film. I ordered my copy already... R ___ Book ReviewOrtiz co-authors textbook Gaye Ortiz, communications and professional writing, has co-authored a textbook Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide, which discusses the conflict between theology and contemporary culture by examining such movies as Unforgiven, The Passion of the Christ, … [Read more...]