Catholics in Media Awards: honorees announced

19th Annual Catholics in Media Awards c/o Catholics in Media Associates 12400 Ventura Blvd. PMB 228 Studio City, CA 91604 818.907.2734 www.catholicsinmedia.org catholicsinmedia@aol.com 19th Catholics in Media Awards to Hugo, Modern Family, I Am & The Way at April 29th Awards Program “Bold and Beautiful” Star John McCook to MC Ubiquity Pictures CEO Barbara M. Gangi is Honorary Chairperson  (Los Angeles, CA, April 2, 2012) – The Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 19th Annual … [Read more...]

Undefeated – best sports film of the year

The nation, indeed the world, is enthralled by Jeremy Lin, the undrafted humble Harvard underdog who has stunned the NBA and the New York Knicks with his performances on the basketball court these last couple of weeks. But hidden in the deep South, somewhere around the decrepit environs of North Memphis, Tenn., a high school football team struggles to succeed just as it did in 2010 when The Tigers, the school’s football team, for the first time in the school’s 110 year history, made it to … [Read more...]

Hallmark hits a home run with ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’

My review in the National Catholic Reporter: Hallmark hits a home run with 'A Smile as Big as the Moon'. … [Read more...]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen opens March 9

I've seen this and will be reviewing it soon. I must say, I really liked it. It's a dream that imagines faith and possibility.   … [Read more...]

Stay Awake! Advent readings inspire Occupy LA arrest

Last Sunday night at the launch for Jeff Dietrich's book "Broken and Shared" he ended the readings with an Advent reflection he had just written a few days before. It is very moving and gives a whole different view of the "occupy" movement. COMMENTARY They came just before dawn; they came with fire trucks and ambulances and sirens blaring; they came in helicopters with rotary blades flapping; they came marching in lock step with helmets and visors and steel batons at "port arms." They came and … [Read more...]

Have a Little Faith to air Sunday, November 27 (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

Have a Little Faith (Sunday, November 27, ABC, 9/8) is Mitch Albom's fourth book into a made-for-TV movie and the Hallmark Hall of Fame latest holiday offering. The movie will seem familiar territory for Albom fans at first, then it moves beyond the interview with a beloved mentor, to living the lessons learned. Based on a series of interviews, like "Tuesdays with Morrie", Albom (Bradley Whitford) visits Rabbi Lewis (Martin Landau) who asks Mitch to write and deliver his eulogy. Mitch accepts … [Read more...]

The Way with Martin Sheen – don’t miss it!

The panel for the special screening of THE WAY last Saturday night in Los Angeles; photo by Frederic Charpentier On Nov. 5, Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Mt. St. Mary's College Chalon Campus, hosted a screening and panel discussion of Emilio Estevez's new film "The Way."  The main attraction, besides the film, was the participation of the film's star, Martin Sheen, his eldest son writer/director, Emilio Estevez, and producer … [Read more...]

The Mighty Macs

The St. Anthony Messenger November 2011 issue has a feature about the story that inspired the film. Check it out!  Here's my review: THE MIGHTY MACS (not yet rated): It is the early 1970s, at the dawn of the women's movement and just before Title IX programs for athletics were extended to women. The president and mother superior (Ellen Burstyn, W.) of the small Catholic all-girls Immaculata College, northwest of Philadelphia, hires a new basketball coach, Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino, Race to … [Read more...]

The Cinema of Adoption

  To go along with National Adoption Month in the US, here is a link to my column On Faith and Media in St. Anthony Messenger magazine. Some of the movies I talk about are Secrets and Lies, Juno, Heaven on Earth, Daughter of Danang, Superman, etc.       … [Read more...]

Patrick Ferraro’s Remarkable Adoption Story

Here is an article I wrote for this month's St. Anthony Messenger about a man's search over five years and three countries to find his birth mother and the nun who helped him. Magazine publishing is so interesting: you have to turn in articles six months in advance! But here it is and I get goose bumps every time I read it - and I wrote it! The story has a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex). The photo is of Sr. Mary Joan Baldino, FSP, and Patrick Ferraro. November is National Adoption Month in the … [Read more...]


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