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...]

Bandslam & Ponyo open this weekend

I like Bandslam: see my review at Eye on Entertainment August 2009 St. Anthony Messenger. It's entertaining and a big vote for the arts in the curriculum. Then there's Ponyo click here and scroll down to CAPSULES. I saw it at the Venice International Film Festival last year; this is a longer review: Ponyo click here and scroll down. The TV ads make Ponyo look like a linear tale; it is not according to the English subtitles we saw at the Venice Film Festival. Now that the film is dubbed, … [Read more...]

John Paul II International Film Festival

The John Paul II International Film Festival is taking place in Miami October 20-November 1. The planners are working very hard at putting together a festival about cinematic art and humanitarian themes through the lens of faith. One of our sisters, Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, will be a panelist at the festival. This YouTube video is a good look at what the festival hopes to do; check it out!<a href="http://"> … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Parish’s VALLEY THEATER Update!

Click on the tab above to read news about the parish that built its own movie theater in their catechetical complex! … [Read more...]

“The Hurt Locker” finds new champion

Although they did not mention me as one of The Hurt Locker's first champions, here is an entry from Patrick Goldstein's blog at the Los Angeles Times The Hurt Locker's new champion. War is a drug. … [Read more...]

The Hurt Locker, a new film by Kathryn Bigelow, SIGNIS Award at Venice 2008, etc.

If you have been reading  my blog, you know that I wrote about Kathryn Bigelow's new film after it screened at the Venice International Film Festival last summer. In fact, the film won the SIGNIS  Jury's Grand Prize.The press release read:The SIGNIS Jury has awarded its Grand Prize  to Kathryn Bigelow’s anti-war film THE HURT LOCKER. According to the jury’s statement, the motivation for this choice is the filmmaker’s uncompromising approach to the Iraq war and its consequences seen through th … [Read more...]

“Departures” Wins SIGNIS Jury Award at FilmFest DC

DEPARTURES TAKES FIRST SIGNIS JURY AWARD AT FILMFEST DC WASHINGTON, DC – A Japanese film, Departures, has received an award for its “reverence for human dignity” from SIGNIS, the official international Catholic communications organization, according to Frank Frost, jury chair.  Departures, literally translated from its Japanese title, Okuribito, as “one who sees people off,” combines serious drama with human foibles comedy to tell the story of an orchestral musician who loses his job in an econom … [Read more...]

SIGNIS To Hold First Film Jury at a US Festival – Filmfest DC

SIGNIS To Hold First Film Jury at a US Festival - Filmfest DC Washington DC, April 15, 2009 (SIGNIS) - SIGNIS is holding its first international film Jury at an American film festival, Filmfest DC, in Washington, DC. The Jury will begin with the festival opening on April 16, 2009, culminating in the awarding of the SIGNIS Prize on April 26. The award will honour the film that the SIGNIS Jury selects as best celebrating human values in a diverse and challenging world. The SIGNIS award comes to … [Read more...]