Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificates Awarded

                             First Group Certified in Media Literacy at the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA   Culver City - On Saturday June 16 Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificates were awarded to the first group of students to complete the new course sponsored by the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. … [Read more...]

Catholic Press Association Awards

    I am so pleased to let you know that my August 2006 column featuring SUPERMAN RETURNS and AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, “Eye on Entertainment”, St. Anthony Messenger, among others, received a Second Place Award for Best Review Section (magazines) from the Catholic Press Association.   Pauline Books & Media, the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, received three book awards as well.   Award M13 Best review section Second Place St. Anthony Mes … [Read more...]

World Communications Day 2007: Media Education

Yesterday was the 41st World Communications Day. I suggest that you to visit this website from the Ponitifcal Council for Social Communications: The following is a commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's Address for this special day that asks us to consider the mediated world in which we live, in freedom and responsibility. Please note the list on the website of all the talks given over the last 41 years. This site is for all those who are interested in … [Read more...]

Fire at Griffith Park

Friends have been calling or emailing to ask about the fire that began yesterday at Griffith Park/Griffith Park Observatory. We are located about 13 miles due west of the park. Sister Frances was driving home along the I-10 just after the fire started and when she got home told us of how high the flames were burning. I looked out of an upstairs window and could see what looked like a huge mushroom shaped cloud rising from the park beginning to move to the west. The skies are blue and clear today … [Read more...]

Spider-Man 3 – A Film Study Guide

A Film Study Guide to Spider-Man 3 By Sr. Rose Pacatte,  The 2007 summer movie season will be known as a season of “threes”: Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Rush Hour 3, and films that are third in their franchises: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Ocean’s Thirteen and The Bourne Ultimatum. Spider-Man 3 launches the summer box office with a bang. This essay explores what makes Spider-Man 3 interesting to believers and people of good will and offers some … [Read more...]

Adam’s Apples the Movie

ADAM'S APPLES (released in 2005 in Germany) is the story of a neo-Nazi, Adam (Ulrich Thomsen last seen in Kingdom of Heaven and Mostly Martha) who gets out of jail and is paroled to a Christian pastor, Ivan (Mads Mikkleson), and his church in rural Denmark (it is in Danish with English sub-titles). The parolee is tough, silent, and bewildered by the pastor who at first seems eccentric, and who we discover lives in a perpetual state of denial because he is barely … [Read more...]

IPods, Blogs and Beyond: National Media Education Conference 2007

The 2007 theme,  “iPods, Blogs and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century” - will be explored in more than 75 conference events, including keynotes, workshops, special interest caucuses and more. Workshop titles include:   - Using Media and Technology in the Language Arts ClassroomEducating Media Educators for the 21st Century Classroom --- Media Literacy in Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs Let's Write a Movie!  Teaching Language Arts Skills Through Scr … [Read more...]

Pride the Movie

In 1971 Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) makes his way to Philadelphia from North Carolina to apply for a job as a swimming coach at the prestigious Mainline Academy. Coach Bink (Tom Arnold) is rude and rejects him. Ellis applies for a job as a teacher in the public school system but is hired to close the decrepit Marcus Foster Recreation Center instead because young people no longer use it. As African-American kids shoot hoops in the yard, the director, grumpy Elston (Bernie Mac), whiles away the … [Read more...]

Lives of Others the Movie

I just got home from Johannesburg, South Africa from the 5th World Summit on Media and Children and I hope to be sharing some information with you soon about that. But I wanted to take a moment and tell you about one of the finest films I have seen in a very long time: The Lives of Others. It won the Oscar for best foreign language film this year; German with English subtitles. Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mule) is a Stassi agent in East Germany in the 1980's. He is asked to bug the apartment … [Read more...]

National Film Retreat 2007

  Theme: The City: A State of Mind and Sacred Space  Date: Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8, 2007(The deadline for registration is June 25, 2007)     Location: Pauline Center for Media Studies 3908 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City, CA90230   Please visit the web site for registration, accomodation, directions: National Film Retreat (     Film Slate Batman B … [Read more...]