Thursday, August 2, 2012

CONFERENCE UPDATES and FREE Screening and Discussion with Award-winning Director




Dear Catholic Writers and Artists,

As many of you know, we are participating in a HUGE event this October, and will have tracks for writers and artists, featuring some of the best in the publishing and art worlds, with workshops and panel discussions to help you connect and grow in your craft and in your faith! DON'T MISS IT! Register now, and just look at the speaker schedule. It's phenomenal. (Be sure to click the "Friday" or "Saturday" tab to see the schedule of events for each day of the conference.)

But even before that, we're gathering for a purpose. I hope and pray you will join us and tell all your friends about the following event:

Most of the details have been finalized for an absolutely thrilling event: The free screening of Jim Morlino and Navis Pictures’ award-winning Catholic children’s cinema feature, “The War of the Vendee,” which is the true story of French Catholic peasants who rose up to fight the armies of the revolution to defend their priests and their religion, under the ruthless attacks of Robespierre and his minions.

All the actors are CHILDREN and it is excellent!

The screening will take place at St. Anthony’s High School auditorium on Saturday, September 1st, at 6:00 pm. The movie runs about 90 minutes and is followed by a Q&A and discussion with the film's director and producer, and some of the cast!

Admission is absolutely FREE. All are welcome. Please spread the word!

Jim and his whole (homeschooling) family, some of whom were in the film, and other cast members, will stay afterwards and chat with us, answer your questions, and tell you about why they do what they do, and how you can do it, too. Jim is also bringing costumes and props from the film. They did a wonderful job of creating a believable world of French peasant life during the revolution, on a budget.

We’ll be selling inexpensive movie snacks and bottled water, plus pro-life car magnets (part of which will go to the Life Center of Long Island), and possibly some baked goods.

Totally voluntary donations for the cause of Catholic Writers of Long Island’s participation in the SCSS 20th Anniversary Celebration in October will be collected after the screening. This money will help defray travel and registration costs for Catholic writers, publishers, artists, filmmakers, screenwriters, editors, and others who have volunteered their time and talent for the conference. For them, even though these are not rich people by any means, it is a sacrifice they are willing to make for the good of the Church, and to encourage others coming up in their fields. I hope you’ll come and support them with whatever free-will donation is comfortable for you and your families.

Again, no pressure. The screening is free to all. We'd rather you came and paid nothing, than have you stay away because money is tight right now. These are tough times. Come and join us regardless and be inspired by the extraordinary things ordinary people like you and me are doing.

I have seen the film and enjoyed it very much. I laughed and cried, and marveled at how beautiful it was. My thirteen-year-old definitely wants to see it again. It's appropriate for people of all ages, and BABIES ARE WELCOME. This is a totally family-friendly event.

It’s so touching to see children very much like ours playing all the roles, and doing it with such dignity, passion, and commitment.

Jim cares very much about the future of the Church, and works very hard to teach children to make good films themselves. His Navis Pictures youtube channel has trailers for his feature films and for some of the short films made by children under his tutelage. He is very enthused about our event and looks forward to meeting anyone interested in film, art, acting, writing, and the New Evangelization!

In October, Jim’s film will be formally presented an award, “Best Film for Young Audiences,” by the Mirablie Dictu International Catholic Film Festival, which has its offices at the Vatican. The presentation will be in NYC, and Cardinal Dolan is expected to attend. The person coming from Rome to make the presentation is Liana Marabini, the CEO of the festival. She is also a filmmaker, and will be speaking at our conference in October, along with Jim, and the NCRegister’s film critic, Steven Greydanus.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope many of you will join us, and please, please tell everyone you know about it! If they have any questions, give them my email or phone number (below). Let’s pack the auditorium at St. Anthony’s. Remember, admission is totally free. All donations are free will and accepted in any amount (pocket change gratefully accepted). See you on September 1st!

Mark your calendars!

In the love of Jesus,

Lisa Mladinich
President, Catholic Writers of Long Island
631-421-6119
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