WASHINGTON (March 25, 2003) -- The U.S. bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting has named David DiCerto as its new full-time media critic.
Mr. DiCerto succeeds Anne Navarro, who has been on maternity leave and will continue reviewing movies for the Film and Broadcasting on a part-time basis.
His appointment, which becomes effective March 31, was announced by Gerri Paré, director the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting (OFB).
"David's educational background, film and TV production experience and proven writing skills indicate he will be a valuable addition to the OFB," said Ms. Pare.
A native of New York City, Mr. DiCerto studied at Fordham University, where he earned a bachelor"s degree in media studies. Following graduation he studied film production at The New School and New York University.
During his career he has worked on independent film projects and as an assistant to former New York City Film Commissioner, Richard Brick, during Mr. Brick's tenure as producer of several of Woody Allen's films, including Deconstructing Harry. In addition, he has worked as the personal assistant to Mark Frost, creator of the Twin Peaks TV series, and served as a consultant on the PBS/Frontline documentary John Paul II: The Still Point in a Changing World, produced and directed by Emmy award-winning film maker Helen Whitney.
DiCerto's screenplay, Milagro, is currently in development and examines the work of priests in the South Bronx. Most recently he has worked on the staff of Catholic New York, the weekly publication of the Archdiocese of New York and has written movie reviews for the OFB on a free lance basis. DiCerto lives in New York City with his wife Patricia.
The USCCB Office For Film and Broadcasting reviews all mainstream movies for moral suitability as well as technical and artistic considerations and assigns a moral classification to each. Reviews are published weekly in Catholic publications, on the Web at WWW.USCCB.org, and can be accessed through a toll-free movie review line 1-800-311-4CCC.
The movie review service is funded through the Catholic Communication Campaign, which is supported by an annual collection in Catholic parishes nationwide.