WASHINGTON (March 18, 2003) -- The Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) is inviting movie fans to cast their own vote for the 2002 Movie of the Year from a list of the ten best films chosen by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Office for Film and Broadcasting.
The CCC is the sponsor of 1-800-311-4CCC, a toll-free telephone number that provides viewers with weekly movie reviews and classifications from the USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting. The movie review line received more than 58,000 calls in 2002.
The USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting's ten best, which are the options voters can choose from, are listed below in alphabetical order.
The Emperor's Club
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Road to Perdition
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron
Movie fans can cast their votes on the USCCB Web site. The USCCB Web site also provides reviews of most major releases and an archive of past reviews that can be searched alphabetically. The USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting reviews and classifies films according to artistic merit and moral suitability.
The chance to vote continues through March 23, the date of the annual presentation of the Oscars, selected by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The results of the Communications Committee survey will be posted on the USCCB web site on March 25.
"The USCCB reviews offer moral and ethical guidance for moviegoers," says Gerri Paré, Director of the USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting. "Hollywood hype can be misleading and the USCCB Web site and movie line can help people choose films that are in line with their values. The 2002 Movie of the Year survey is a good opportunity for us to get feedback from those who use our reviews."
The movie review service is supported by the Catholic Communication Campaign, the U.S. bishops' media program funded by an annual collection in parishes nationwide. Other CCC efforts include sponsorship of TV specials, public service announcements in English and Spanish and Renewing the Mind of the Media, a media awareness campaign.