My interview with Rick Santorum: ‘The Christmas Candle’ and new role as movie-maker

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 (theadvocate.com) I had the opportunity to interview, for the National Catholic Reporter,  former presidential candidate Rick Santorum by phone Oct. 22 about his new role as CEO of a faith and family media company, EchoLight Studios, and its first Christmas film, "The Christmas Candle," a historical drama that takes place in England around 1900, which opens in theaters Friday. The film is based on the novel by Max Lucado and has high production values and features singer Susan Boyle … [Read more...]

“JFK: Like No Other” PBS documentary on 50th anniversary of JFK’s death

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"JFK: Like No Other," PBS American Experience9 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 11 (part one) and Nov. 12 (part two) (Check local listings)Millions of us remember where we were at the exact moment we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. It was about 11:30 a.m. in San Diego that Friday, and I was going to my locker to get my lunch. One of my seventh-grade classmates -- I think his name was Johnny -- came running by the bank of lockers, screaming over and … [Read more...]

Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival (watch and vote for the audience award online)

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I received this information this morning from SIGNIS, the international Catholic association for communication.The press release from the organization follows; but you can go directly to the website with the films by clicking here.Participation in the festival is free, that is, you can see all of the films online and vote by clicking on "fan". MUBI also offers a new world film every day for a subscription fee - but the festival Nov 1-14 is gratis (only a few days … [Read more...]

My interview with director Nancy Tong on the INNetwork

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American Idol & My Wife’s Death – my interview with Danny Gokey

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 Here's Part 1 of my interview with american Idol's Season 8 Finalist Danny Gokey on The INNdustry with Sr. Rose. He has a new book: "Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments" that is part memoir, part self-help, and very encouraging to anyone who has been very far down and reached up in faith, hope, and love to keep going.    … [Read more...]

What are Cinema Divina & Media Mindfulness? Find out on our Webathon page

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Over the past week we Daughters of St Paul of the US/Toronto province have been engaged in a novena online Webathon to raise much needed funds to continue and develop our ministry of communicating God's Word to all people using today's modern media. Each day of the Journey of Discovery Webathon has a theme that reflects prayer and one of the many aspects of our apostolate. There is also a place where anyone can submit their prayer intentions which we take very much to heart in our … [Read more...]

‘Trailblazers in Habits’ documents extraordinary women doing extraordinary things

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 When I was growing up, I had a friend who went to Catholic school. For several years, I would spend the night at her house for New Year's Eve. We would try to stay up until midnight, but I never made it. What this public-school kid really liked about visiting her house, though, were the Catholic books and comic books she had. The most memorable of the comic books was, to me, the one about Bishop F.X. Ford of Maryknoll. My mom used to send $5 every Christmas to Maryknoll in memory of … [Read more...]

“Captain Phillips” is Tom Hanks at his very best but the film raises questions

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There are just so many ways to go in writing a review of the true story of Merchant Marine Captain Richard Phillips of the MV Maersk Alabama.  In 2008 his ship was boarded by four Somali pirates and the captain was taken hostage. The film is titled simply: "Captain Phillips."As a film, director Paul Greengrass’ work is unembellished, dramatic and moving.As for Tom Hanks’ performance, it is so understated that it makes him completely believable. He is the quintessential “everyman” here and … [Read more...]

“Grace Unplugged” opens tomorrow: my review and interviews with the cast and director

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"Grace Unplugged", a coming of age film with Christian themes and a killer soundtrack, opens in theaters tomorrow, October 4th. Sr. Rose reviews "Grace Unplugged" and talks with its director and stars: AJ Michalka, James Denton, Shawnee Smith, Kevin Pollock. To learn more and for showtimes visit www.graceunplugged.com.  … [Read more...]

My interview with actor Michael Harney “Orange is the New Black” and other things

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In September I had the honor to interview the actor Michael Harney. You have seen him in many films (Erin Brockovich) and television shows (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Weeds) and now, "Orange is the New Black". In this interview Michael talks about his vocation as an actor, husband, and father. He reveals a deep Catholic faith and passion for acting, as well as his struggles with alcoholism, joys as a father, and long-lasting ties to the Jesuits.Here is the first segment of our interview on the IN … [Read more...]


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