“The Promise”- a too familiar world

In the early 1900s, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians lived within the borders of the dying Ottoman Empire, led by what is now modern Turkey. The Ottomans had annexed a large portion of Armenia as far back as 1555 but allowed the people to generally govern themselves, until political entanglements within the empire and European complexities and alliances of World War I led to untold tragedy.In 1915, when the Ottomans perceived that the ethnic Armenians within their borders supported the … [Read more...]

Film Showcase at the LA Religious Education Congress 2017

2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film ShowcaseFEBRUARY 24 7PM Coffee and dessert7:45 - 10PM event Anaheim Convention Center (Room 101)800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802The LMU Center for Religion & Spirituality and the LA Office of Religious Education invite you to the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, February 24.Sponsored by LMU School of Film and Television, National Catholic … [Read more...]

A ‘Sundance virgin’ on her first few films

 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...]

Bows, arrows and a sword: Girls rock this year on film

2012 is turning out to be a banner year for films with significant female lead characters: warriors, weapons and all.With an estimated budget of $185 million, the new Pixar/Disney 3-D animated feature, "Brave," opened June 22 and grossed $66 million. Made on half that budget, "The Hunger Games" opened March 25 with a box office of $152.5 million and has brought $400 million in North America and nearly $650 million worldwide. (The DVD is due out Aug. 18.) "Snow White and the Huntsman," made … [Read more...]

Urban Mystic: The Video for the 19th anniversary of the LA riots

On this day in 1992, four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles erupted in rioting. The beating of King, which had been video tapped, the trial and acquittal were seminal events in the history of race relations in this country.Last year I interviewed the Rev. Scott D. Young about his annual pilgrimage to the site of the flash point of the civil unrest following the acquittal of the police officers in the Rodney King … [Read more...]

What should Susan Boyle sing next?

Check out my posting today to the National Catholic Reporter's Blog     … [Read more...]

Angels & Demons: Everyone’s trying to save the Church

Here is my article (review cum commentary) in this week's National Catholic Reporter: Angels & Demons: Everyone's trying to save the Catholic Church and Is Hollywood anti-Catholic? Is the Catholic Church anti-Hollywood? … [Read more...]