Saturday, August 4, 2007

It's Not All That Bad

Hey! Since we're on the subject of Hollywood's portrayal of our faith...check out Church of the Masses whenever you get a chance. It's the blog of Barbara Nicolosi who is a screenwriter/advisor for screenwriters/playwrights and she has a really great view of all things "Catholic in the Media".

Also, last year, I heard a lot about the movie, Bella which will be shown at St. Thomas. I got an email about it just a little bit ago promoting the premier here in MN. Here's how it read (a portion of it):

Greetings,
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops saw an early cut of the film Bella at their meeting in June. The main actor and primary members of the production team are all faithful Catholics. Without being overtly Catholic or pro-life, the movie is a powerful testament to life, to love and to family. The Bishops were all impressed. Bishop Pates thought the film was excellent and has asked the FLYYA Office along with the Respect Life Office to spearhead its promotion within the Archdiocese.

Why promote this film?
Pope John Paul II exhorted us to create a Culture of Life. This film is a response to that call.
If we are disappointed in Hollywood's handiwork, here is a chance to let them know what kind of entertainment we appreciate.

How do we promote a film? First we see it. Then we sell it.
1. We would like to invite you and select members of your staff and parish to attend a private viewing of Bella
- University of St. Thomas' OEC Auditorium on Monday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m.
2. If, after seeing the film, you believe this is a film worth your time and effort to promote, remain in the auditorium for a brief discussion of how we can encourage others to attend.

Our mission is not simply to promote the film. We want to promote attendance on opening weekend (late October) and preferably via pre-purchased group tickets. Opening weekend is when the movie and its success will be compared with others and when theaters will decide how long the film will remain in their theater. We will have promotional materials available that night to make it as easy as possible for you and your parish to promote this effort.

Would you be willing to help promote this "Culture of Life" film?

Please let us know if you will be coming to this private pre-screening, who else you will be bringing and their contact information
by Friday, August 3rd.

Reservations: KalkM@ArchSPM.org or 651-291-4488

Questions: Bill at 651-291-4553

Or Megan at 651-291-4489

For more information go to:
www.BellaTheMovie.com
www.BellaResources.com

For a map of the University of St. Thomas go to:
http://www.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/stpaul/stpaul3D.pdf
OEC is #4 on the map.
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Office of Family, Laity, Youth & Young Adults
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
328 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
www.ArchSPM.org/family
651-291-4553
So I emailed and hopefully will get a few tickets for some of us in the parish and I really hope it lives up to the hype! It sure would be nice to promote something that has a positive, and entertaining , prolife message!

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