Catholics in Media Awards February 28: The Hurt Locker; GLEE; Sr. Rose Pacatte

Catholics in Media will honor THE HURT LOCKER and GLEE on February 28. It seems funny to add my own name on my blog, but I  am humbled and grateful to be receiving the Board of Directors Award.

Check here for the news release and ticket information: Catholics in Media Awards set for February 28

The Hurt Locker, a new film by Kathryn Bigelow, SIGNIS Award at Venice 2008, etc.

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If you have been reading  my blog, you know that I wrote about Kathryn Bigelow’s new film after it screened at the Venice International Film Festival last summer. In fact, the film won the SIGNIS  Jury’s Grand Prize.

The press release read:

The SIGNIS Jury has awarded its Grand Prize  to Kathryn Bigelow’s anti-war film THE HURT LOCKER. According to the jury’s statement, the motivation for this choice is the filmmaker’s uncompromising approach to the Iraq war and its consequences seen through the experience of the bomb diffusion specialists for whom war is an addiction rather than a cause. “The film challenges the audience’s view of war in general and the current war in particular because it demonstrates the struggle between violence to the body and psychological alienation.”

I was able to bring the award back with me from the festival (I was the jury president, a first for me!) and through Kathryn’s agent we set up a time for Kathryn to come to the Pauline Center for Media Studies and accept it. I also brought back three other awards from independent juries for The Hurt Locker:

Fondazione Ente dello Spetacolo/Revista del Cinematografo – Premio “La Navicella-Venezia Cinema”

ARCA (Associazione Rocreativa Nazionale Culturale Sportiva) – PREMIO GIURIA NAZIONALE ArcaCinemaGiovani

 Human Rights Network Award  from the Human Rights Film Network.

Congratulations, Kathryn! The film opens June 26, 2009 and tonight there is going to be a screening at Loyola Marymount University (sponsored by LMU’s School for Film and Television, Catholics in Media, Open Call, the City of Angels Film Festival and 42West.) Kathryn has graciously accepted to come for a Q & A afterwards.

These photos below were taken with my iPhone taken on February 3, 2009 when Kathryn came here to accept the awards (the photos were being held hostage by the Adobe video editing program and I have no idea how that happened; they were just rescued yesterday by Sr Marie Paul, our video production pro. Sr. M. Paul is now teaching me Final Cut Express and I like it a lot!) I will post any photos we take tonight on the morrow!

Sr. Rose, Kathryn Bigelow with the SIGNIS Award, and Nanciann Horvath of Open Call at the Paulince Center for Media Studies on February 3, 2009

Sr. Rose, Kathryn Bigelow with the SIGNIS Award, and Nanciann Horvath of Open Call at the Paulince Center for Media Studies on February 3, 2009

Kathryn reads about the other independent jury awards given to The Hurt Locker at the Venice Film Festival, September 2008

Kathryn reads about the other independent jury awards given to The Hurt Locker at the Venice Film Festival, September 2008

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Sisters Hosea, Rose, and Karen Joseph with Kathryn Bigelow

Sisters Hosea, Rose, and Karen Joseph with Kathryn Bigelow

 The awards

The Hurt Locker trailer: a film by Kathryn Bigelow about the world’s most dangerous job

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker

Watch the trailer at apple.com/trailers

 

Did you see this movie trailer on apple.com? The film stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. It’s in theaters on June 26, 2009. Watch it and tell me what you think.

Watch now

 

Here is my review of  Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker that I posted last summer from the Venice Film Festival (where our Catholic Jury -SIGNIS – gave it our Grand Prize). The film opens June 26, 2009 in the U.S. The Hurt Locker stars Jeremy Renner (among others such as Ralph Finnes and David Morse), currently in the new ABC series The Unusuals (full episodes)

The Hurt Locker

 

This Kathryn Bigelow film will go down in cinema history as part of the Iraqi war film genre. It follows three soldiers through their last month as a team that diffuses roadside bombs. The premise of the film is that war is addictive. It is relentless in its pursuit of getting the audience to experience even a little of what these soldiers, all male, go through and how once one of them gets home, he cannot settle. He has to go back to find meaning on his life. This film will not be commercially viable but in a few years it will be seen as an important investigation into the psyche of soldiering for a war with no reason, and into the banality of the military’s attempt as assuaging the impending tragedy of the lives of these soldiers. Hand-held camera…. Visceral.

 

 

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