Sundance is full of inspirational films and people

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As the films continue to premiere and the voting for audience awards moves forward, it occurs to me that Sundance is a place you don't want to come unless you are willing to have your worldview questioned. Some will argue that Sundance has a reputation for a liberal agenda, and this is somewhat true if your lens is fixed on the political. But if your lens is made up of human stories about people's ethical and moral choices as well as the subtle religious and overtly spiritual themes, there is … [Read more...]

A ‘Sundance virgin’ on her first few films

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 This is my first year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and as I listen to people chatter in the lines, what I hear most often is, "I am a Sundance virgin." OK, that fits.This Sundance trip came together after speaking with Dennis Coday, editor of the National Catholic Reporter, over breakfast at the Catholic Press Association's conference last summer. His response to my proposal was, "Let's go for it."The reason I think Sundance is important to the faith … [Read more...]

Catholic Christian criteria for awarding films

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 SIGNIS and INTERFILM Criteria for Juries I have had the privilege of serving on Catholic and Ecumenical Juries at Berlin (2004), Venice (2000, 2010), and Locarno (2006). Here are the criteria that SIGNIS, the World Catholic Organization for Communication, and INTERFILM (the International Interchurch Film Organization), have developed to inform and guide jury members as they discern winning films:The Ecumenical Jury makes awards to films and to filmmakers according to the c … [Read more...]

Cannes 2012 Ecumenical Jury Prize “The Hunt” & “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

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Tree of Life screening in 35mm + panel Jan. 14, 2012, UCLA

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The Labyrinth documentary to show at Arclight during DocuWeek

If you like documentaries, and live in New York or Los Angeles (or nearby) be sure to check out The Labyrinth during DocuWeek, July 30-August 19, 2010.For more information on the films and screening dates, visit DocuWeek 2010The Labyrinth Director/Producer: Jason A. Schmidt Memory, art and hell collide as an Auschwitz survivor finally confronts the horrors of his past after 50 years of silence. Marian Kolodziej was on one of the first transports to enter Auschwitz. He survived five years … [Read more...]

Martyred monks film nabs second prize & Ecumenical Prize at Cannes festival “Of Gods and Men” Des hommes et des Dieux

At the Cannes Film Festival, the 2010 Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize to:Of Gods & Menby Xavier Beauvois (France, 2010)This movie of great artistic value benefits from a remarkable group of actors and follows the daily rhythm of work and liturgy. It depicts the sacrifice of the monks of Tibhirine(Algeria 1996) choosing to maintain their peaceful presence despite surrounding violence. The deep humanity of the monks, their respect for Islam and their generosity towards their village … [Read more...]

Urban Mystic at the Crossroads

The worst riots in urban U.S. history, or civil unrest as some prefer to call them, erupted on April 29, 1992, a reaction to the acquittal of four white Los Angeles policemen for using excessive force in apprehending a black motorist, Rodney King.Racism and brutality, the lack of opportunities, poverty, historical and current official negligence on the part of the city governance and police, and reverse racism, all these socially flammable realities contributed to the 1992 Los Angeles … [Read more...]

City of Angels Film Festival March 12-14 Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles

Check out the film slate at The City of Angels Film FestivalThere will also be an alternative trackFounder's Forays into FilmSaturday, March 13hosted by the City of Angels Film Festival co-founder, Scott D. Young.Theater 3, Directors Guild of America1 pm FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES Director, Gerald PearyDocumentary on the (melo)dramatic story of film criticism"a fascinating look at the vibrant personalities who changed the way we look at film"  Chris GoreScreening followed by … [Read more...]


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