WASHINGTON (September 14, 2000) -- To celebrate the Jubilee Year 2000, the U.S. Catholic Conference Office for Film & Broadcasting will host a film festival in New York City on Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14.
Underwritten by the Catholic Communication Campaign, the theme of the event is "Faith on Film: Stories of Christ and Christians."
The festival begins at 1:00 p.m. Friday and concludes Saturday evening, and will include panel discussions with noted film critics. It will be held at the Clearview Cinema on East 59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan.
On Friday the program begins at 1:00 p.m. with The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966), followed by Godspell (1973), and Black Robe (1991). A panel discussion will feature four film authorities: Paul Baumann, Commonweal; Jesuit Father James Martin, America; Rod Dreher, Our Sunday Visitor; and Professor Eva Stadler, Fordham University.
Saturday's screenings begin at 9:45 a.m. with The King of Kings (1927), followed by A Man for All Seasons (1966), Nazarin (1958), and a concluding film at 7:20 p.m. Panelists will be Father Bob Lauder, St. John's University; Eleanor O'Sullivan, Gannett Newspapers; Henry Herx, former director of the USCC Office for Film & Broadcasting; and Rod Dreher.
The Office for Film & Broadcasting (OFB) reviews and rates motion pictures, critiques television programming, and evaluates the influence of the entertainment media on societal and personal values. It also produces a volume of capsule reviews of over 8,000 movies available on TV and video, and maintains a weekly toll-free review line (1-800-311-4222) of new theatrical releases.
"This event is a celebration of Christ, Christianity and cinema," said Gerri Paré, Director of the Office for Film & Broadcasting, and a reviewer for Catholic News Service and the CCC Movie Review Line. "The festival seeks to explore the depiction of Jesus over time, and His legacy as seen through the cinematic art form," said Ms. Paré.
Advance single ticket admission is $5.00; admission all day Friday or all day Saturday is $12.00. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. All movies are suitable for adults and adolescents, except Black Robe and Nazarin, which are classified by the OFB as suitable for adults.
To learn more and register for the festival, visit the Website at www.nccbuscc.org/fb, or call the Office for Film & Broadcasting's toll free line (1-888-363-7440).