“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” interview with filmmaker Lydia B. Smith

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 Here is my interview with filmmaker Lydia B. Smith about her revealing and inspiring documentary about the Camino de Santiago de Campostela. Find out why six people (and  more really) from different parts of the world, and different ages, walk this ancient pilgrimage route and why and how Smith, a non-Catholic, made such a Catholic film.  Here's my online review of the film from "The INNdustry with Sister Rose":       … [Read more...]

Savior on the Silver Screen – or – Meeting Jesus at the Movies

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Meeting Jesus at the movies might seem impossible to some … but this session will look at sacramental ways to find God in the dark and secrets to discovering heroes who exemplify the teaching of the Lord Jesus in laughter and tears. It includes an analysis of "The Hunger Games" film as a cultural parable that engages the sacramental imagination (with thanks to Sr. Nancy Usslemann, FSP)This presentation was given at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Nov. 22, 20 … [Read more...]

My interview with director Nancy Tong on the INNetwork

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Wandering popes, real and fictional: “We have a pope”

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 Almost a year ago (April 5, 2012) I reviewed Nanni Moretti's dramedy "We have a Pope". Click here for the full review.Here is the sidebar I wrote to accompany the review:Wandering popes, real and fictionalFor “We Have a Pope,” Italian director Nanni Moretti seems to draw on previous stories about wandering popes and those who resigned, real and fictional.Ignazio Silone’s 1968 The Story of a Humble Christian offers a fictional imagining of the true-life election and r … [Read more...]

Windrider Forum a perfect introduction to Sundance, filmmaking

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Ever since I was assigned to Los Angeles in 2002, I have wanted to come to the Sundance Film Festival. Colleagues and friends from Family Theater/Angelus Student Awards and Fuller Theological Seminary were making plans to attend and create some kind of event for students. In 2004, John and Ed Priddy, award-winning film producers, in collaboration with the above, began the Windrider Forum. They had discovered The Branch, a Christian church in Park City, and the pastor generously provided space -- … [Read more...]

Henry Herx, Catholic film critic, scholar and head of US Bishops’ film office – obituary

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I wrote a blog post for the National Catholic Reporter today noting the death of Henry Herx. Click here to access the story.As soon as I sent that off I received an email from James Wall in Chicago. Jim is a contributing editor to The Christian Century magazine and from 1972 - 1999 was the editor of the magazine. I met Jim at the City of Angels Film Festival in 2000 at a screening of John Ford's The Searchers. I did not realize that Jim was a greater fan of the film that I was. Since then we … [Read more...]


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