A (Dinner) Prayer for Film & TV Writers via the Humanitas Prize

A couple of  Saturdays ago I received a call from Soozie Eastman, Director of Programs for the  Humanitas Prize. For the second year I was going to be one of the script readers to decide on which ones will receive this prestigious award trophy and cash prize. All the readers for television and film scripts were having dinner together that evening to pick up the parcels and share some inspiration. Soozie asked me to say grace.I thought I would share this on my blog so that everyone could join i … [Read more...]

“Brothers” and “Bandslam” to receive Gabriel Awards

45th Annual Gabriel Awards to Brothers; Bandslam; Gifted Hands; KNOM Radio (Alaska); WWJ-AM Radio (Southfield, MI); and CatholicTV (Watertown, MA); receive station honors; Univision KTVW Channel 33 (Phoenix) and EWTN honored for Spanish-language programmingThe Gabriel Award winners for 2010 have been announced. This year’s honorees include two motion pictures, fourteen television programs, ten radio programs and four Spanish-language television programs. The annual awards are presented to f … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose’s Oscar Picks 2010

The Oscars 2010: Movies that Connect UsForty-two feature films have been nominated in a variety of categories for the  82nd Academy Awards  that will take place at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on March 7.  In a throw back to the 1930’s and 1940’s, when anywhere between eight and twelve films were nominated for Best Picture, the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) decided in 2009 to expand the category to ten feature films so that additional deserving films might be consid … [Read more...]

CIMA Awards Press Release

For immediate release, pleasePress Contacts:  Jennifer Mulhall / 323.575.3494jennifermulhall@boldandbeautiful.tvFrank Tobin / 323.661.3720fxtobin@aol.comCatholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 17th Annual Awardshonor Fox Television’s “Glee” and The Hurt Locker”Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP receivesCIMA Board of Directors AwardGolden Globe Award-winner Samantha Eggar hostsBeverly Hills Hotel event(Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2010 –  The Catholics in Media Associates (CIM … [Read more...]

CIMA Awards: Board of Directors Award – Sr. Rose’s remarks

I am so very grateful for this award. I was at the movies when Jane Abbott, the president of CIMA called me, twice, and I let it go to message because, well, I was at the movies, and when one is at the movies, one should be there. I called her back from Barnes and Noble’s after. Jane told me about the Board of Directors Award and I was very moved to be considered – and momentarily rendered speechless.  You really managed to surprise me.Before I thank several people who brought me to this day, I … [Read more...]

Catholics in Media Awards February 28: The Hurt Locker; GLEE; Sr. Rose Pacatte

Catholics in Media will honor THE HURT LOCKER and GLEE on February 28. It seems funny to add my own name on my blog, but I  am humbled and grateful to be receiving the Board of Directors Award.Check here for the news release and ticket information: Catholics in Media Awards set for February 28 … [Read more...]

Samson & Delilah: Australian Film wins awards and enters Oscar race

Last month Sr. Hosea and I attended a screening of this powerful Australian film about two Aboriginal teens that learn to survive in a social and natural environment that has nothing to offer them but poverty and death. As with the best Australian films, the landscape plays a key role in the story, as context and antagonist. Director/writer Warwick Thornton tells the story with deliberate restraint that comes from a deep understanding of the people he is talking about."Samson and Delilah" is … [Read more...]

HUMANITAS Prize Announces 2009 Finalists; 35th Annual event to be held September 17, 2009

The finalists for 2009 HUMANITAS Prize were announced today by John Wells, HUMANITAS Prize President.  A total of $95,000 in prize money will be handed out at the annual luncheon on September 17th in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Since 1974, HUMANITAS has honored feature film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a way which ultimately affirms the dignity of the human person and reveals our common humanity.   “The work of these gifted writers is tru … [Read more...]

Pauline Books & Media wins two Catholic Press Association Awards May 29, 2009

CHILDREN'S BOOKSFIRST PLACEAdventures of Saint PaulBy Oldrich Selucky Illustrated by Zdenka KrejcovaThis is a vibrant and compelling account of the life of St. Paul for young readers that is rich and inviting in its telling. the trials of st. Paul are cleverly called an adventure and further enhanced by the quality of human expression in the illustrations. the emphasis on faith in the Lord regardless of ones circumstances is both suspenseful and consistent. It it St. Paul's consistency … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Jury at Cannes awards Ken Loach’s “Looking for Eric”

On its 35 anniversary the 2009 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to Looking for Ericby Ken LoachUnited Kingdom, 2009For its great artistic quality and it’s humoristic, optimistic and humanist approach of the crisis faced by contemporary society. The film portrays values that are often under fire today such as friendship, solidarity, the importance of family and dialogue towards oneself and the other. Which the mythical Cantona summarizes in one sentence: “The best action I remember is … [Read more...]