“Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” is in the house! Launch Feb 7th, 2015

Me opening the boxes that arrived yesterday!

 CLICK HERE for early editorial reviews. The back cover: Martin Sheen, best known for his role as a Catholic president in the prestigious television series The West Wing, returned to the practice of his Catholic faith at the age of forty after decades away. After years of battling alcohol addiction, a near-fatal heart attack, and a nervous breakdown, the stage, film, and television actor renewed his dedication to his family and activated his faith with energy, grace, and joy. Through … [Read more...]

‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ tells of the world’s deadliest industrial disaster


Dilip (Rajpal Yadav) lives in the city of Bhopal, India, which grew around a gigantic Union Carbide plant that was built to produce pesticides, especially methyl isocyanate (cyanide). By 1984, safety hazards are beginning to escalate—which are overlooked by management—and inspections by the authorities are minimal. When Dilip manages to get a job as a janitor at the plant, he is thrilled because he can provide for his nagging and worried wife.Motwani (Kal Penn), the editor of the local pap … [Read more...]

“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” is more reality show than – reality


From left: Eseni Ellington, Sr. Beth Ann Dillon, and Claire Halbur in "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns." (Scott Gries) Lifetime's latest original series, "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns," is a six-parter about five young Catholic women who are supposedly discerning whether or not to become nuns -- or, better and more accurately, sisters or women religious.While all nuns are sisters, not all sisters are nuns. But let's not be picky.There has always been and probably always will be much … [Read more...]

Anne Frank’s 85th birthday: the girl behind the diary


In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.I think most of us have read or know about The Diary of Anne Frank (or Anne Frank: The … [Read more...]

“The Way” with Martin Sheen Week 3 Lenten Film Series


You can access the entire series directly at Lenten Film Series 2014. I hope you are enjoying the series!Be sure to check out the questions for reflection and conversation.Have you ever walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela? If so, share some of your reflections here!Meanwhile "Buen Camino" for your Lenten journey wherever you are.   … [Read more...]

Champions of Faith: Mike Sweeney Newest episode of the Lenten Film Series


  Here is Episode 2 of our Lenten Film Series; I hope you are finding the series as inspirational as the stories and the interviews with filmmakers are.You can go right to the INNetwork website or click on the episode (and questions for reflection and conversation) about major league baseball's Mike Sweeney and the interview with filmmaker Tom Allen.   … [Read more...]

“Veiled Desires” reveals the inner realities of cinematic sisters (book review)


 VEILED DESIRES: INTIMATE PORTRAYALS OF NUNS IN POSTWAR ANGLO-AMERICAN FILM By Maureen A. Sabine Published by Fordham University Press, $30Sometimes there can be a sacramental quality about cinema. When movies tell stories well, they become outward manifestations that transcend the inner realities of their characters in ways that touch the audience. Maureen Sabine has written a masterful book that reveals the sacramentality of cinema about religious women. She is confident of her … [Read more...]