Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival (watch and vote for the audience award online)

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I received this information this morning from SIGNIS, the international Catholic association for communication.The press release from the organization follows; but you can go directly to the website with the films by clicking here.Participation in the festival is free, that is, you can see all of the films online and vote by clicking on "fan". MUBI also offers a new world film every day for a subscription fee - but the festival Nov 1-14 is gratis (only a few days … [Read more...]

Catholic Christian criteria for awarding films

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 SIGNIS and INTERFILM Criteria for Juries I have had the privilege of serving on Catholic and Ecumenical Juries at Berlin (2004), Venice (2000, 2010), and Locarno (2006). Here are the criteria that SIGNIS, the World Catholic Organization for Communication, and INTERFILM (the International Interchurch Film Organization), have developed to inform and guide jury members as they discern winning films:The Ecumenical Jury makes awards to films and to filmmakers according to the c … [Read more...]

Cannes 2012 Ecumenical Jury Prize “The Hunt” & “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

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War Horse review

Among the many themes that emerge or converge in the films of director, producer, writer Steven Spielberg are lonely children and war, specifically World War II. From the kids in “E.T”: the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) to the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List” (1993),  a black and white film but viewers may remember the little Jewish girl in a red coat, waiting for transport to the Nazi death camps. And from “The Color Purple” (1985) for which he deserved an Oscar, to one of my personal favorite’s, th … [Read more...]

Hope&Joy Communication and Culture program begins!

Hi everyone!I am so happy to be here in South Africa again, to be part of a two-year program to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. I will only be here for a month, however!Please visit my blog at the National Catholic Reporter for updates.  … [Read more...]

“Brothers” and “Bandslam” to receive Gabriel Awards

45th Annual Gabriel Awards to Brothers; Bandslam; Gifted Hands; KNOM Radio (Alaska); WWJ-AM Radio (Southfield, MI); and CatholicTV (Watertown, MA); receive station honors; Univision KTVW Channel 33 (Phoenix) and EWTN honored for Spanish-language programmingThe Gabriel Award winners for 2010 have been announced. This year’s honorees include two motion pictures, fourteen television programs, ten radio programs and four Spanish-language television programs. The annual awards are presented to f … [Read more...]

Lucky me! My journey home from Thailand (SIGNIS meeting)

I arrived home from the SIGNIS World Congress last Saturday night and am just getting to the end of jetlag - I hope!It was a great meeting and a wonderful trip home. My reflection on the journey is on my NCReporter Blog: Lucky Me! … [Read more...]

President of SIGNIS questions church commitment to communications

Here is my blog entry about SIGNIS first days: Catholic professional questions church commitment to communicationYesterday was a good day, too, and I hope to post something later today. Blessings! … [Read more...]

Follow my trip on Facebook & Twitter

You may have noticed I have not been posting to my blog recently. This is because I am on the road... on a wonderful journey of communication and communio in Singapore and Thailand. I spent 9 days in Singapore with our Sisters and the Association of Pauline Cooperators for several workshops on media literacy and faith formation and cinema and spirituality. Wonderful (though really, really hot and humid!).I am now in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the World Congress for Catholic Communication: … [Read more...]


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