Pope John Paul II film festival part of renaissance in Christian film
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/10/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The year 2014 seems to be the year that Christians are taking back the film industry as dozens of faith-based films and blockbusters go mainstream. In addition to a series of TV shows, and Hollywood releases, there is also a film festival named for Pope John Paul II happening now in Florida.
Heaven is Real is among this year's blockbuster Christian films.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For the past week, a Florida film festival has showcased feature-length films and plenty of discussion about faith in the media. The John Paul II film festival features a film about Pope Francis, the acclaimed movie, "Heaven is Real," as well as nearly two dozen other regular-length and short films all centered on the faith.
Meanwhile, Hollywood has surprised us many with recent films including "God is not Dead" and "Noah." Although the acclaim for each film varies from the popular "Heaven is Real" to the broad-licensed "Noah" the total impact has been to drive people into the theaters and into their Bibles. The films as a product of the modern entertainment industry, are pointing people back to their faith.
They also symbolize the power of the Christian media to both entertain and educate while provoking mainstream discussion about God.
This return to the faith in film is not confined to America either. According to a press release from 7eventhDay Media, the stories at the Pope John Paul II Film Festival came from as far away as South Africa, Turkey and Spain.
Frank Brennan, the Festival's Director of Film Submissions and Technology said in the release, "We are proud to bring these uniquely powerful films to South Florida. While we are showcasing many genres, all of these project offer an opportunity to witness every-day-people do incredible things and challenge their fears. We've all been short on inspiration," he added. "Think of this lineup as an 'energy boost' for the soul."
Indeed, this sums up much of what we've seen in theaters this year. Christianity is back in the theaters, in a very big way, and it feels both good and right to enjoy it.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted. That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
Golden Globes 2017: Did any Catholic-based films make the cut? Check out the complete list of nominees here Watch
The 74th Golden Globe Awards nominees are finally in! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Golden Globe awards will be hosted by Jimmy ... continue reading
Pope Francis welcomed Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorses and his family to the Vatican Wednesday to discuss "Silence," a film ... continue reading
Stop. If you haven't seen the latest sci-fi thriller, Arrival and you plan to do so, read no further. This story contains spoilers. If ... continue reading
Mel Gibson rises from a ten-year reprieve to release his latest faith-based film. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - For the first time ... continue reading
A powerful, new short film sheds light on the modern day Holocaust and challenges the church to take a stand. Sing A Little Louder, a heart ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Massive storm threatens to flood more than just the Oroville Dam HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, February 20, 2017
- St. Wulfric: Saint of the Day for Monday, February 20, 2017
- Priest sails the Mediterranean Sea and rescues thousands
- What is the Pope doing in California?
- Terrorist responsible for '93 attack on World Trade Center bombing ...
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, February 20th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 19th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 18th, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.