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Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 17th Annual Awards

honor Fox Television’s “Glee” and The Hurt Locker”

Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP receives

CIMA Board of Directors Award

Golden Globe Award-winner Samantha Eggar hosts

Beverly Hills Hotel event

(Los Angeles, CA, February 28, 2010 –  The Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 17th Annual Mass and Awards Brunch on Sunday, February 28 honored the Fox Television series “Glee” and the feature film “The Hurt Locker” with film reviewer and veteran Venice Film Festival Catholic jury member Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP receiving the CIMA 2010 Board of Directors Award.  The celebration, which returned for a second year to the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, began with a Mass at 10 AM, presided over by His Eminence, Cardinal Roger Mahony with a brunch and awards ceremony afterwards, according to CIMA President Jane Abbott. Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe and Cannes’ Palm d’Or-winning actress Samantha Eggar (“The Collector”) was special guest host.  Patricia Boren and John Kelly served as producer and co-chairs of the event.  John and Gloria Gebbia served as honorary co-chairs.

The CIMA Awards were created in 1992 by former DGA President Jack 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 2010 Film Award was presented to “The Hurt Locker” directed by 2010 Oscar nominee and DGA/PGA/BAFTA Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal (2010 Oscar and WGA nominee), who was embedded with an actual EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) bomb squad. One of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2009, “The Hurt Locker,” filmed in Jordan, follows the tour of a U.S. Army EOD team (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and …

Brian Geraghty) as they defuse bombs, deal with the threat of insurgency and the growing tensions which develop among their unit. Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “The Nativity”) presented the 2010 CIMA Film Award to “Hurt Locker” editors Bob Murawski and Chris Innis who represented Ms. Bigelow, who was indisposed, and who read her acceptance speech:

“I am brokenhearted that I am not able to be there in person today to accept this phenomenal award from Catholics in the Media Associates (CIMA).  This community holds a truly special place in my heart as the very first award ‘The Hurt Locker’ received was the Signis Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2008.   It was via the Signis Award that I met the remarkable Sr. Rose Pacatte.  Sr. Rose recognized the humanity in the film and the message of the futility of war and value of life. I am delighted with the recognition the film has been able to bring to such a difficult situation and to the men and women who put their lives at risk every day so that others can be safe. Thank you to Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) for your recognition and support.  It means so much to me.  Also my sincerest congratulations to Sr. Rose for her award today!  Her tenacity, vitality and joy of life make her a national treasure.  Congratulations, Sr. Rose.”

According to CIMA 2010 Awards co-chairs Patricia Boren and John Kelly, “CIMA chose to honor ‘The Hurt Locker’ because of its uncompromising approach to the Iraq war and its consequences seen through the experience of the bomb diffusion specialists for whom war becomes an addiction rather than a cause. The film depoliticizes the heroic work of the EOD specialists and lets the audience experience the human toll war takes on people and the intense psychological struggle of the soldiers to find meaning in life beyond the dangerous work they do.”

Past CIMA Award feature films include: “Doubt;” “In the Valley of Elah;” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;” “Hotel Rwanda;” “The Passion of the Christ;” “Seabiscuit;” “Dead Man Walking;” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” among many others.

The 2010 CIMA Television Award was presented to the Fox Television series “Glee,” which recently was honored as “Favorite New TV Comedy” at the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards and as “Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy” by the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.  Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, “Glee” focuses on a high school Spanish teacher who becomes director of a glee club at a fictional Midwest high school and who hopes to restore it to its former glory.  “Glee” cast member Iqbal Theba (“Glee’s “Principal Figgins”) made the 2010 CIMA TV Award presentation to Mr. Brennan and “Glee” Producer Alexis Martin.

CIMA selected “Glee” because of its beautiful and kind heart,” said long-time CIMA member and screenwriter Brian Oppenheimer. “These talented actors play students who reflect the diversity of our schools today and the many challenges facing young people. The show demonstrates how the arts integrate life and learning in a joyful way, tinged with humor and sometimes pathos, as kids and teachers try to figure out the best choices to make in life.”

Past CIMA Television Award recipients include: “Without A Trace;” “Ugly Betty;” “Cold Case;” “Medium;” “Joan of Arcadia;” “The West Wing;” Judging Amy;” “Homicide – Life on the Streets;” “The Practice” and “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” among many others.

The 2010 CIMA Board of Directors Award was presented to Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, MEd Media Studies, Director, Pauline Center for Media Studies (PCMS) and media literacy education specialist, film and television journalist and author. Sr. Rose has been involved in media since she entered the Daughters of St. Paul more than 40 years ago, from publishing to filmmaking. She has served on ecumenical and Catholic juries at the Venice, Locarno, and Berlin Film Festivals. In 2008 she was the president of the SIGNIS (Catholic) jury at Venice. She also served on the jury for short films at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2006. Since 2000, Sr. Rose has been co-director of the National Film Retreat and has taught film and spirituality courses at LMU, Saddleback College, and the University of Dayton.

CIMA President Jane Abbott notes: “The CIMA Board of Directors honors Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP for her leadership role in the world of media literacy and for her passionate advocacy of media projects which illuminate the complexities and challenges of the human condition. CIMA also cites Sr. Rose’s significant contributions as an author, columnist, film reviewer and presenter and her tireless efforts as a Catholic panelist on some of the world’s most prestigious film festival juries, including Toronto, Venice and Berlin.”

Presenting the CIMA Board of Directors Award to Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP is Producer/Director Tom Shadyac (“Bruce Almighty,” “Patch Adams,” Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and the television series “8 Simple Rules.” Past CIMA Board of Directors Award recipients include the late Fr. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser, CSP and the television series “7th Heaven.”

Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe Award and Cannes’ Palm d’Or winner Samantha Eggar hosted the 2010 CIMA Award ceremonies. Following her stage debut opposite Albert Finney in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Eggar was cast in a host of British films before being handpicked by director William Wyler for “The Collector,” which won her an Oscar nomination, international acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival with the Palm d’Or Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.  Eggar starred opposite Cary Grant in “Walk Don’t Run,” opposite Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley in “Dr. Doolittle” and opposite Sean Connery and Richard Harris in “The Molly Maguires,” among many other memorable film and television appearances.

CATHOLICS IN MEDIA ASSOCIATES (CIMA)

CIMA was formed in 1992 by working professionals in the entertainment industry to help them relate their faith to their professional lives.  Through the 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.  Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) is a California non-profit public benefit corporation.

Director Catherine Hardwicke presented the CIMA award for The Hurt Locker to editors Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

Alexis Martin Woodall and Ian Brennan are presented with the CIMA Award for GLEE by (the principal!) Iqbad Theba.

Oscar nominee Samantha Eggar was the host for the event; here she is with Cardinal Mahony who celebrated the Mass

The meaning of the CIMA statue

Each CIMA Award is an original, signed abstract expressionist work in laminated acrylic by the Yugoslav born artist, Vasa Mihich. Naturalized an American citizen in 1967, Vasa is a Professor of Art at the University of California at Los Angeles and is internationally recognized for his work. His artwork“affirmatively confronts the spiritual and physical surroundings from which it arises, and is seeking its place.”

This piece was chosen to symbolize the ideals of CIMA because its obliquely ascending, three-sided, luminous prism represents our human and imperfect reach to capture the Light of the Trinity in illuminating our work. In containing the same elements of beauty of this sculptural piece, we honor our colleagues’ works as “vehicles of light” and express our gratitude to them for presenting the complex colors of the human condition.

CIMA Awards: Board of Directors Award – Sr. Rose’s remarks

I am so very grateful for this award. I was at the movies when Jane Abbott, the president of CIMA called me, twice, and I let it go to message because, well, I was at the movies, and when one is at the movies, one should be there. I called her back from Barnes and Noble’s after. Jane told me about the Board of Directors Award and I was very moved to be considered – and momentarily rendered speechless.  You really managed to surprise me.

Before I thank several people who brought me to this day, I would like to tell you that when we have Mass in our chapel in Culver City, at the prayer of the faithful I almost always pray out loud for all those who work in the entertainment and information communications media industries, that they may promote the dignity of the human person in all the stories they tell.

By honoring human dignity all of us can contribute to making the world a better place because stories touch the heart. I believe that film and television can reveal God who makes us understand and accept our humanity and the community, the connectedness, of humankind through the grace of art that transcends the darkness. The light from the screen, any media screen, lets us see the faces of our brothers and sisters and connect to them and respond as authentic human beings and disciples. In one another, we find God.

I would like to thank my sister Emilie and brother-in-law Paul for being here, happy birthday to both of you! Who represent my very large family. I would like to thank my religious community of the Daughters of St. Paul of the last 43 years, keeping it real, who keep me real, my provincial Sr Margaret Sato is here from Boston.

I want to acknowledge two nuns who are present here who have been generous mentors to me over the last 20 years, Sr Elizabeth Thoman who introduced me to media literacy education and Sr Gretchen Hailer who wrote about it with me (and taught me how to begin each writing day with some new forms of computer Solitaire.)

Thank you, to Cardinal Mahony, who offers me and my community the opportunity to serve the people of God in this absolutely “splendid” archdiocese of Los Angeles through not only our book and media center but the Pauline Center for Media Studies – bringing media literacy education to catechesis and mission!

Thank you to Tom Shadyac, my friends, Marjiana of the International Press Academy, and terrific colleagues at CIMA who invited me to join them on this great adventure, the City of Angels Film Festival, Open Call, Catholic Communicators of Southern California, The Tidings…. And everyone in this large circle of friends, present and those present in spirit.

Catholics in Media Awards held March 29 at Beverly Hills Hotel

Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin Dobson One Life to Live), Greg Walker (exec producer Without a Trace), Sister Peggy McEntee, SC (technical advisor for DOUBT), Megan Blake (Animal Attractions TV), Marianne Muellerleile (Life with Bonnie, Passions), Mark Derwin (The Secret Life of the American Teenager; One Life to Live, 24)

Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin Dobson One Life to Live), Greg Walker (exec producer Without a Trace), Sister Peggy McEntee, SC (technical advisor for DOUBT), Megan Blake (Animal Attractions TV), Marianne Muellerleile (Life with Bonnie, Passions), Mark Derwin (The Secret Life of the American Teenager; One Life to Live, 24)

About 350 people atteneded CIMA’s 16th annual awards event at the Beverly Hills Hotel last Sunday.

Winners:

Without a Trace – Television (Greg Walker and Jan Nash accepting)

Doubt – Film (Sister Peggy McEntee, SC accepting)

Lifetime Achievement – Louis Gossett, Jr.

I will post the link to the article that will appear in The Tidings next week. Meanwhile, if you scroll down on this blog you can check out the interviews I did with the winners and Mark Derwin, our very funny Master of Ceremonies.

Here are some visual highlights of the day taken with my iPhone. My niece is supposed to send me better photos later today.

Tom Norris, Marianne Muellerleile, and actress Rusty Schwimmer enjoy Mark Derwin's comedic commentary

Tom Norris, Marianne Muellerleile, and actress Rusty Schwimmer enjoy Mark Derwin's comedic commentary

Mark Derwin and Sr Rose

Mark Derwin and Sr Rose

 

Greg Walker, executive producer for "Without a Trace"; Jan Nash at far left

Greg Walker, executive producer for "Without a Trace"; Jan Nash at far left

Sister Peggy McEntee tells the audience that when writer/director John Patrick Shanley was 6 years old and she was 21, they were in 1st grade together!

Sister Peggy McEntee tells the audience that when writer/director John Patrick Shanley was 6 years old and she was 21, they were in 1st grade together! Sr. Peggy was then known as Sr. Mary James and the Amy Adams character in the play and film was based on her. Shanley also dedicated the film "Doubt" to Sr. Peggy who at 72 years of age teaches five religion classes daily at Notre Dame High School in New York.

Lou Gossett, Jr. accepts the CIMA Award from Viveca A. Fox

Lou Gossett, Jr. accepts the CIMA Award from Viveca A. Fox

Mark Derwin, MC, Marilyn Gill, President of CIMA, Lous Gossett, Jr. and Viveca A. Fox

Mark Derwin, MC, Marilyn Gill, President of CIMA, Lous Gossett, Jr. and Viveca A. Fox

Sister Tracey, FSP with one of the fabulous flower arrangements and Mark Derwin

Sister Tracey, FSP with one of the fabulous flower arrangements and Mark Derwin

Lou Gossett, Jr., Fr. Tony Scannell, OFMCap, CIMA Chaplain and celebrant of the Mass, and Viveca A. Fox

Lou Gossett, Jr., Fr. Tony Scannell, OFMCap, CIMA Chaplain and celebrant of the Mass, and Viveca A. Fox

Brian Oppenheimer, CIMA, chats with Sr. Peggy McEntee, SC before the event begins

Brian Oppenheimer, CIMA, chats with Sr. Peggy McEntee, SC before the event begins

We gave Sr. Peggy's the one day nuns' tour of Hollywood that included a visit to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Here Sr Peggy stands in front of the tapestry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of her congregations, the Sisters of Charity of New York (founded 200 years ago this year)

We gave Sr. Peggy's the one day nuns' tour of Hollywood that included a visit to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Here Sr Peggy stands in front of the tapestry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of her congregation, the Sisters of Charity of New York (founded 200 years ago this year)

Sister Hosea, Sister Peggy and me at Gregory Peck's grave in the mausoleum under the Cathedral

Sister Hosea, Sister Peggy and me at Gregory Peck's grave in the mausoleum under the Cathedral

Of course our tour took us to lunch at the real SoCal experience: In & Out Burger!

Of course our tour took us to lunch at the real SoCal experience: In & Out Burger!

Sr. Tracey, Sr. Peggy, and Pat Boren, co-producer of the CIMA event at dinner at The Terrace in Venice Beach the evening before

Sr. Tracey, Sr. Peggy, and Pat Boren, co-producer of the CIMA event at dinner at The Terrace in Venice Beach the evening before

Mark Derwin, my niece Jamie Lynn Weatherfield, and Robin Riker at the CIMA event

Mark Derwin, my niece Jamie Lynn Weatherfield, and Robin Riker at the CIMA event

Another view of the winners and presenters

Another view of the winners and presenters

Catholics in Media to Award “Doubt” “Without a Trace” & Lou Gossett, Jr.

 

 

The CIMA Award

The CIMA Award

 

Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA)

16th  Awards Mass & Brunch honors

Louis Gossett, Jr., “Doubt” and

CBS / Warner Television’s “Without A Trace”

 

Mark Derwin (“Secret Life of an American Teenager”)

to serve as MC as venue moves to the Beverly Hills Hotel

 

   Catholics in Media Associates’ (CIMA) Sixteenth Mass and Awards Brunch on Sunday, March 29, 2009 will honor Louis Gossett, Jr. for Lifetime Achievement, the feature film “Doubt“ and the CBS / Warner Bros Television / Jerry Bruckheimer Productions television series “Without A Trace.”  The celebration, which will be held for the very first time in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, will begin with a Mass at 10 AM with a brunch and awards ceremony to follow, announced television producer and CIMA President Marilyn Gill.  Mark Derwin, costar of ABC Family’s “Secret Life of an American Teenager,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  

        The CIMA Awards were created in 1992 by former DGA President Jack 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.       

              Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. will receive the CIMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his personal and professional achievements which span a half-century. The recipient of an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and NAACP Image Award for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman,” Gossett’s career encompasses motion pictures, television and the Broadway stage, where he made his debut in 1961 in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Memorable television appearances include starring roles in the epic mini-series “Roots” and “Sadat.” Other film roles include the “Iron Eagle” series, “Travels with My Aunt,” “Toy Soldiers” and “The Deep,” among many others.

         In 2006, Gossett founded the non-profit Eracism Foundation” whose mission is  the eradication all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education and anti-violence initiatives.  Gossett remarks: “This is a gratifying moment for me and I am humbled by this award.  I believe the gift of acting is from God, my oath to God, and I want to make sure, on a daily basis that it is honed and deeply spiritual. I want to believe that the audience believes my acting comes from this special place.”                                                                                        

      Past CIMA Lifetime Achiement Award recipients include Gregory Peck, Martin Sheen,  Rosemary Clooney, Jane Wyatt, Ricardo Montalban, Dick Van Dyke, Carroll O’Connor and Lew Wasserman, among many others.

The CIMA Film Award will be bestowed on “Doubt,” written and directed by Academy Award and WGA Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (“Moonstruck”), adapted from the author’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway play. Nominated for five Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, including “Best Screenplay,” “Doubt” is set in 1964 at a Bronx, New York Catholic elementary school and concerns the confrontation between a progressive priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and a strong-minded principal (SAG Award-winner Meryl Streep) over the priest’s excessive interest in the school’s first African-American student. “Doubt” also stars Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominees Amy Adams and Viola Davis.  Shanley notes:  I have been fortunate in the uniformly positive reactions I have received from the Catholic community to ‘Doubt’ and I am gratified beyond words. American Catholicism has shown itself to be generous and robust in its embrace of new ways of looking at the Catholic experience.”  

             Past CIMA Award feature films include “The Valley of Elah,” “Narnia,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Seabiscuit,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” among many others.

             The 2009 CIMA Television Award will be presented to the CBS / Warner Bros Television / Jerry Bruckheimer Productions dramatic series “Without A Trace.”  Created in 2002 by Hank Gardner and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, “Without A Trace” concerns a fictitious FBI missing persons unit. Each episode focuses on the search for one individual along with an examination of the personal lives of the team members and their insight — and sometime traumatic reactions — to certain cases.

          “Without A Trace,” which stars Anthony LaPaglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Poppy Montgomery, Enrique Murciano, Eric Close and Roselyn Sanchez, also displays information about real-life missing persons and public service announcements at the end of many episodes. “Without A Trace” Executive Producers Greg Walker and Jan Nash comment: “If we had been nominated for an Emmy, we wouldn’t have been as proud as receiving this news. We have always operated from the premise of our characters looking to find the spiritual center of each episode.  The series is a terrific vehicle to interject spiritual questions into people’s daily life and work.”

            Past CIMA Television Award recipients include “Ugly Betty,” “Cold Case,” “Medium,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The West Wing,” Judging Amy,” “Homicide – Life on the Streets,” “The Practice” and “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood,” among many others.

           2009 CIMA Award Master of Ceremonies Mark Derwin stars as “George Nicholson on ABC Family’s “Secret Life of An American Teenager.”  Familiar to primetime, television audiences for his recent roles on “Chuck,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Boston Legal,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”  “Without A Trace,” “Navy NCIS” and “CSI,” Derwin also starred on daytime television’s “The Young and The Restless,” “One Life To Live” and “Guiding Light.”    

 Tickets to the 2009 CIMA Awards can be purchase online at  Catholics in Media Awards or by calling 818.907.2734.                       

    


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