I would like to share with you a Kickstarter campaign that a couple of the young men in the Schoenstatt Movement of Austin are running to fund their film project documenting the 100th anniversary of Schoenstatt's founding. This film that Alex Quintana and Mark Leatherman are working on has the potential to be a powerful tool for engaging the culture with a new vision and life that is founded in the Schoenstatt Marian spirituality through a professional and spiritual sensitivity to the visual and audio arts. The links to the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign video are at the bottom of this email. The link to the Kickstarter campaign also has detailed information about the project that elaborates on what the project is about. I invite you to prayerfully consider contributing to this creative project through your prayers and through your financial support. They are so very close to their goal of $37,000 with only four days left to raise these funds. In case you are not aware, Kickstarter is a way for people to fund their projects (virtually any project) via electronic donations. No funds will be given toward the project if the goal is not made (this is how Kickstarter works...), so whatever you can give through your prayers and financial support will be greatly helpful in making this film a reality! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/882830440/seed-of-a-new-world-film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8FgWfJ97k
"A.D. The Bible Continues" is set to air on Easter Sunday evening. Here is an interview with the producer, Roma Downey http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/04/01/how-catholic-is-a-d-the-bible-continues/ I found this quote from the above article particularly interesting: "Catholic artists have been able to incarnate the faith in works of art because Catholicism, with its emphasis on the sacraments, is deeply incarnational. In Catholicism, the Word is always being enfleshed in the world, and Catholic art is part of that process."
I went to the movies with my wife and we saw "Song of the Sea." It was a delightful story but what surprised me was the scenes with the definitely Catholic elements. This made more sense when I read about the writer / producer Tomm Moore. The story was based on his own family which included his mother's house. The children go to grandma's house and it contains pictures of Jesus and has a crucifix displayed prominently. The second occasion is a Holy Well the children find along their journey and experience a "quiet moment" where they are surrounded by lit candles and statues of The Virgin Mary. http://songoftheseamovie.blogspot.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomm_Moore http://www.ipnovels.com/blog/2015/03/great-films-for-kids-song-of-the-sea/
http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-sisterhood-becoming-nuns See more photos of Christy Young (upper right) and her faith-filled-friends in her public figure Facebook account https://www.facebook.com/ChristieYoung07 My favorite is Christy because of her "flirty" relationship with Jesus and charismatic approach to her Catholic faith. More Catholics should be as excited about their faith!
We’re working on a Catholic Artists Conference for October 2016 in Nebraska. The exact date or location aren’t set yet but we’re closing in on our second (more reasonable) prospect. I conducted a survey some time ago and costs for artists were among the chief factors; so we're keeping the costs down by choosing a less expensive venue. We may have an international collection debut to work into our conference which needs considerable hanging space. We want to include the five different areas of art because they depend upon each other to some degree but also work to bring people to the Catholic Faith. The new evangelization could be a part of what is discussed at the conference. Another important element will be prayer and that creative experience for the artist. Getting these artists together will create some interesting conversations. Having some committed patrons and clergy there will help reinforce the goal of creating sacred art – that which brings one to prayer. I would encourage you to “Enter your information” at http://Catholic-Artists.COM so we and others can find you. I will take the listing and post it in the directory http://Catholic-Artists.ORG which also contains a five galleries, one for each of the artist categories. I will ask for images / drawings / recordings of your works to show in the gallery once you register. God Bless, JohnM