Summer “cinema divina” retreat at home!

My column this month outlines how you can make a retreat from your seat if you are unable to a retreat house.

For Lent this year, the Pauline Center for Media Studies hosted a six-part weekly program using The Way, starring Martin Sheen. In the film written and directed by Sheen’s son, Emilio Estevez, Sheen plays Tom Avery, a widower who travels to France to bring home the body of his son who died in an accident. Tom discovers his son had just set out to make
the 800-kilometer pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James of Compostela and resolves to
take his place on the Camino (see October 2011 St. Anthony Messenger).

Because we wanted to keep the motif of the pilgrimage, even though we met at our center and people arrived by bus or car, our slogan was “If you can’t walk it with your feet, you can do it from your seat!” The same can be said for an annual retreat, which can be made at home if you’re unable to get away to a retreat house. Summertime is ideal to live out Jesus’ invitation to the disciples in Mark 6:31: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted
place and rest a while.”

Narrative films are an ideal way to bridge faith and life, using the format and methodology of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. A Scripture verse that reflects Tom’s reality and journey in The Way is John 9:11.

Continue reading the On Faith and Media column here

Sister Rose’s blog reaches 500,000 hits today

Since I moved my blog to WordPress on October 5, 2008 I never dreamed of 500.000 hits or page views. In this day of YouTube videos getting a million hits in a day or an hour, this half million in three years eight months, an average of 300 hits a day with 2,900 in one day in 2010, does not seem like much in the virtual scheme of things. Yet it provides me with a motive of thanksgiving for the Internet and the gift of communication between God’s people the world over and who knows? Maybe the universe. (We don’t know who might be listening, do we?)

WordPress sent me an analysis of that best day: March 9, 2010

Thank you for your visit, your time, your interest. Be assured of my prayers.

 

Catholic Comedy Night (The Laugh Factory in LA) July 11, 2012

Catholics in Media Awards: honorees announced

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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 Mass and Awards Brunch on Sunday, April 29th will honor the 5-time Academy Award-winning, Martin Scorsese-directed family film Hugo, the Tom Shadyac documentary I Am and ABC Television’s Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Peabody Award-winning series Modern Family.  The Emilio Estevez film The Way, starring Martin Sheen, a previous CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, will receive the CIMA 2012 Board of Directors Award. The 2012 CIMA Awards at theBeverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, will begin with a 10:00 AM Mass with a brunch and awards ceremony to follow, announced CIMA President Haskell V. Anderson III. CIMA board member John Kelly is executive producer and CIMA Vice President Nancy Norton Bevins  is producer of the 2012 CIMA Awards program. Master of Ceremonies is John McCook, Emmy-nominated star of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”  Honorary Chairperson is Barbara M. Gangi, CEO ofUbiquity Pictures.

The CIMA Awards were created in 1992 by former DGA President Jack Shea and his wife, veteran television screenwriterPatt Shea and other prominent Catholics in the entertainment industry. Their purpose is “To promote and applaud individuals, films and TV programs that uplift the spirit and help us better understand what it is to be part of the human family.”

The CIMA 2012 Film Award will be given to the Martin Scorsese film Hugo, Scorsese’s first 3D film, a family mystery based upon the Brian Selznick novel about a boy who lives alone in a Paris railroad station and the enigmatic owner of a toy shop.  Winner of five Academy Awards and named “Best Picture” by the 2012 National Board of Review  Hugo has received two 2012 BATFA Awards and the 2012 Golden Globe for “Best Director.” Graham King’s GK Films and Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil are producers. David Crockett, Barbara De Fina, Christi Dembrowski, George Kacandes, Charles Newirth and Emma Tillinger are executive producers.  Hugo was released nationally on DVD on February 28th.

The 2012 CIMA Television Award will be presented to the ABC Television series Modern Family, created by Executive Producers Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan and revolving around three families interrelated thru patriarch Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill).  Modern Family has received the 2009 Peabody Award, the 2010 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Ensemble Performance” and the 2012 Golden Globe Award for “Outstanding Television Series – Musical or Comedy.” 

 The CIMA 2012 Documentary Award goes to I Am, written, directed and narrated by prolific Hollywood film and television comedy director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor) relating his personal experiences and personal journey following a devastating 2007 bicycle accident.  I am is concerned with “The nature of humanity and the world’s ever growing addiction to materialism” and asks the questions “What’s wrong with the world?” and “What can I do about it?”  Jennifer Abbott and Jonathan Watson are executive producers.

 The CIMA 2012 Board of Directors Award goes to the Emilio Estevez film The Way, starring previous CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Martin SheenThe Way is a powerful and inspirational story about family and friends and navigating the challenges of an ever-changing and complicated world.

 Filmed on location in Spain and France along “The Way of St. James,” The Way was written and directed by Emilio Estevez. Trevor Drinkwater, Ramon Gerard Estevez, Alberto Marini, Janet Sheen and John Sloss are executive producers.The Way was released nationally on DVD on February 21st

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CIMA was formed in 1992 by working professionals in the entertainment industry to help them relate their faith to their professional lives.  Through their annual awards, CIMA “Recognizes films, television programs and other entertainment forms that lift the spirit and help us better understand what it is to be part of the human family.”

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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 the playoffs.

“Undefeated” is an Oscar-nominated feature-length documentary about that team that enthralls from the first two minutes. I admit, I was not enthusiastic about reviewing another sports film, let alone football.

Now I can say that I understand why people see football as a religion — in a good way. Why? Because over the six years that the chubby white volunteer coach Bill Courtney guided this team, they prayed, fought, asked forgiveness, and lived genuine “agape” as a community.

Continue reading here …

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’.

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.