Category: Christians working in Arts and Media

BASED ON: ‘The Looming Tower’: Faith, the FBI and 9/11 Come Together in the Hulu Miniseries

Jeff Daniels (l), Tahar Rahim (r), ‘The Looming Tower’/Photo: JoJo Whilden/Hulu

Our producer-at-large Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C., a USC film-school grad, does a regular feature here called BASED ON, looking at literary works adapted into TV or movies.

The Looming Tower, a Hulu series based on the Lawrence Wright book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

The timeframe of events leading to the September 11th terror attacks differs between the Lawrence Wright book and the Hulu-produced miniseries. Wright contends Al-Qaeda was formulated soon after the founding of Israel, but the showrunners choose to start the opening episode with the 1998 US Embassy in Nairobi bombing.

The television series misses an opportunity to take up the faith of the lead CIA operative, Michael Scheuer (played by Peter Sarsgaard and re-named “Martin Schmidt” for the show). Scheuer, a pious Catholic, held a cool detachment about the job he was tasked with. In 1999, he received intelligence that Usama bin Laden was to spend an overnight at the governor’s house in Kandahar. Scheuer recommended an immediate cruise missile strike. The military balked in fear of potential collateral damage. It’s not surprising the show was quick to consider the conflicted faith of John O’Neill (see below), but omits faith references when lived faithfully and rationally as in the case of Scheuer. (Ed. Note: Or, it may also be that “Martin Schmidt” is a composite character.)

The book traces the FBI’s history, and I thought it made for a fascinating — if unofficial — recent history of the Catholic Church in the United States. Wright describes an FBI composed almost entirely of Irish- and Italian-American Catholic men who often called each boyish nicknames, like Tommy or Danny or Mickey.

What Wright latches onto as objective truth, I can affirm subjectively. Only later in life did I learn from a retired FBI agent that my hometown was designated as an “agent-town”— mostly Catholic, white-collar accountants and finance guys, some of whom served in the military, that the Bureau could draw fresh recruits from. I was one of them. One of my vivid memories as a teenager was being set-up with an agent from my parish. I interviewed him about his job and learned of the struggles and joys in his service to our country. As fascinating as the conversation went, God had different plans for me.

America’s enemies have since changed — existential threats abound from abroad, and so less necessary are those recruits who grew up in Mafia-infested neighbors of big-city America. Agent John O’Neill (played by Jeff Daniels) first realizes these latest and most relevant foes and added to his team Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim), a Muslim Lebanese immigrant, fluent in Arabic and Middle Eastern culture. Interestingly, O’Neill, in both real life and television, was a lapsed Catholic. Fittingly, I suppose, that one who is less obsequious to federal and clerical authority more readily challenges the status quo of operations.

Where the book only devotes a chapter to O’Neill’s infamous affairs and dalliances, the television show places his mixed personal life front and center — in fact, ensconcing it within a spiritual journey. These images juxtapose with depictions of Islam. Some critics took this as an indication of how similar the two faiths are. I disagree with the inference.

One equipped with a theological pedigree realizes the two faith traditions couldn’t stand further apart. Witness Muslim prayers intercut with a Catholic communion line. An imam delivers a long-winded, politically charged screed that effectively “talks God to death.” In contrast, the married O’Neill refrains from receiving communion. His unmarried mistress goes through the line. A great deal about the God of revelation and His people’s acceptance or rejection of Him is conveyed without the utterance of a single word.

Visual similarities, yet theological disparities, continue until the show’s tragic end. The radical Muslim Osama bin Laden orders the events of 9/11 from the remote confines of his technologically outfitted Afghan residence. O’Neill, recently retired from the FBI, takes the position of head of security for the World Trade Center. Survivors described his last moments of life as one who returned to a staircase dripping with jet fuel and helped others to escape.

In real life, O’Neill made an 11th-hour return to his faith in the spring of 2001, displaying the real, sacramental pull of the Church. For all of his personal faults, he rushed back into a hellish cauldron to live for others. In effect, at his life’s end, “Johnny” O’Neill took up his Cross and followed Him.

Image: Photo by JoJo Whilden/Hulu

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BASED ON: Sundance/Windrider — ‘Luce’ and ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

Tim Roth, Kevin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts in ‘Luce’/Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Larkin Seiple

Our producer-at-large Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C., a USC film-school grad, does a regular feature here called BASED ON, looking at literary works adapted into TV or movies.

Luce, directed by Julius Onah, based on a play of the same title written by J.C. Lee. The two also wrote the screenplay. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, based on a memoir of the same title by William Kamkwamba.

Last month, I attended the Windrider Forum, an ecumenical Christian gathering of filmmakers and theologians held during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The year 2019 marked the first time the two worked in concert: Windrider moderating panel discussions, and the Sundance Institute (the film education branch of the film festival) supplying the filmmakers.

A Nigerian New Wave dominated the week’s proceedings. Chiwetel Ejiofor spoke of faith and reason elements in his environmental drama,The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Grand Jury prizewinner Chinonye Chukwu stated her intentional staging of the execution scene as a crucifixion in the harrowing death row original drama, Clemency.

Julius Onah detailed his semi-autobiographical tale in Luce. All made reference to varying degrees of how their faith upbringings informed their films.

Luce began as an Off-Broadway play written by J.C. Lee and was adapted into a feature film with the assistance of Julius Onah. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. plays the title character, Luce Edgar. He’s a high-achieving high school student in every way imaginable: star athlete, straight A student and leader in various extra-curriculars.

As the story unfolds, however, we learn of Luce’s horrific back-story; warring marauders conscripted into child soldiering during the Congo’s civil war.  Peter (Tim Roth) and Amy Edgar (Naomi Watts) are the overly generous parents who adopted him at the age of 10 and assigned him the best of therapists to work through his trauma. And he did. Or did he?

Octavia Spencer plays Luce’s history teacher. While he scores high marks in her class, it’s a recent writing assignment that raises her hackles. Luce chooses a violent revolutionary to research. That curious choice coupled with the teacher invading Luce’s privacy (she discovers a stash of banned fireworks in his locker) exacerbates a previously hidden penchant for lying and deceit.

My filming-going priest-friend, a professor of Catholic literature at the University of Portland, observed Luce derives its title from Lucifer, the prince of deception and lies.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind spins more of a family-friendly adaptation of a true story. A village in Malawi, similar to many villages in Malawi, suffers from a drought. A young boy named William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba) read about windmills during his truncated stay in primary school. After much opposition from his villagers, his father (Chiwetel Ejiofor), included, he is eventually able to reinvent windmills into his context that produces water to flow into once-barren fields.

Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’/Netflix

The movie captures well the need for subsidiarity, as the absence of this principle leads to an overweening federal government that cares little about the village’s local predicament, and, in fact, acts as a deterrent to human entrepreneurship.

Somewhat lost in the movie, however, is the critique of indigenous religions, which the author terms “magic.” They believe prayers alone can bring about an end to their dust bowl. Instead, it’s the monotheistic communities and Catholicism, in particular, that see a God who created the natural world in a certain order, and scientific inquiry is really the impulse of someone uncovering the natural order.

Reading the book, I was reminded of the tale of St. Boniface, apostle to the Germans in the 8th century. To show the power of Christ, he demonstrated that trees were not to be worshiped and so cut down the Thunder Oak of Thor. The God who breathed into life the natural world was the one to be worshiped. Any creations of the natural world of his fell under the dominion of humans and could be used as they saw ethically fit. Hence, electricity, running water and the Christmas tree.

Image: Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Larkin Seiple (‘Luce’); Netflix (‘Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’)

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‘Period. End of Sentence’ Wins at Faith-Inspired Windrider Festival, Then at the Oscars

Photos: Alex Dee/Windrider

Each year, during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the Christian-infused Windrider International Film Festival also takes place — and this year, one of its honorees also took home an Oscar.

Currently available on Netflix (with English voices over the original Hindi), the 26-minute-long Period. End of Sentence, directed by 25-year-old Iranian-American Rayka Zehtabchi, took home the 2019 Windrider Triumph Award. It then went on to win Best Documentary Short Subject at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

The film tackles the persistent stigma and lack of knowledge surrounding menstruation in rural India. Told in a straightforward manner (with a slight feminist gloss), it shows how a group of women acquired a machine that allows them to make high-quality, effective sanitary napkins, which the makers then hit the streets to sell.

The machine’s inventor is Arunachalam Muruganantham, the son of poor handloom weavers in South India, who was determined to solve the sanitary-pad problem (to the initial irritation of his unimpressed wife).

Ecumenical and focused on community-building, Windrider incorporated elements of the Angelus Film Festival, with which Family Theater Productions was deeply involved for many years. We continue to be a presenting sponsor of the Windrider Institute, which encompasses the Windrider Forum at Sundance, Windrider Productions and the festival.

Our head of production, Father David Guffey, C.S.C. (upper left), and producer at large Father Vince Kuna, C.S.C. (lower right), are regular attendees.

So, I checked with them to see what they thought of Period. End of Sentence. and why it’s garnered such honors.

What was your own reaction to Period. End of Sentence?

GUFFEY: As the film began I was quite uncomfortable, but soon into it you realize how the issue looms huge in the life of poor women in India and probably in many poor areas of the world.

KUNA: I thought the film was the best of the four that won awards at Windrider. (I admit some bias, as I overlapped USC film school with the director.) It was also the best of the five films nominated for documentary short subject Oscar.

Why do you think it won, both at Windrider and the Oscars?

GUFFEY: Windrider tries to find films that help people see the fullness of humanity and which give hope. The film exposes audiences to an issue that they probably do not think of, certainly most men would not think of, and then shows how people are working to address the issue in a positive way.

KUNA: Period. End of Sentence won the Windrider Short Film Showcase because the Indian village journeys on an arc from ignorance to knowledge, from ostracizing women to acceptance. It’s typically difficult for subjects to undergo a believable arc in that short amount of screen time.

I think it won the Documentary Short Subject Oscar because of some of the over-saturation of timely message films: racism, immigration, right-wing politics, etc. Period. End of Sentence is a timeless and universal film that differentiates itself from the pack. The film also best utilizes filmmaking tools (camerawork, sound design, editing) to contrast big city India with images of the small, quiet village most of the film takes place in.

What is the Windrider International Student Film Festival, and what are its goals?

GUFFEY: Windrider brings theology and film students together to screen movies and then discuss them both in terms of the craft and aesthetics of film, but also from a theological  and values perspective. They select some of the best of student work and screen it during the Windrider Forum at Sundance. That is one part of the experience.

Period was one of the selected films. Each day of the Forum, students also go to see films at Sundance. Then, each morning, there is a session with some of the producers, writers, directors or actors associated with the works they have viewed. The conversations have been amazing and not only for the students.

This past year, the Sundance organization approached Windrider about becoming officially recognized, in part, because Sundance filmmakers spoke of their positive experiences at Windrider. Many filmmakers long to have a deeper discussion about the meaning of their projects or the issues that inspired them. Windrider offers them that opportunity.

KUNA: The Windrider Festival is an ecumenical gathering of theology programs and film students during the Sundance Film Festival, highlighted by a student film festival on the opening night.

Each morning we gather and listen to a panel with Sundance filmmakers followed by a Q/A between filmmakers and attendees. Windrider hopes to inspire the next generation of Christian filmmakers through its student film festival and networking opportunities to established independent filmmakers.

It has met some of its goals in its pairing with the Sundance Institute, the educational branch of Sundance that hopes to bridge conversation between the faith community and mainstream filmmakers.

What is Family Theater Productions’ involvement with Windrider?

GUFFEY: Family Theater Productions is a major sponsor of Windrider. We have been working with their leadership, [entrepreneurs, filmmakers and brothers] John and Ed Priddy, for over 15 years, since back in the days when Family Theater Productions conducted the Angelus Film Festival. Windrider took over some of the aspects of Angelus and incorporated them into their programs.

KUNA: FTP remains a main sponsor of Windrider and presents one of the student film awards. The Angelus Film Festival that FTP used to run has been absorbed into the Windrider Forum.

How can someone get a film into Windrider?

GUFFEY: Windrider does not take public submissions but has a selection committee that seeks out films.

KUNA: See the following link to learn more about where to submit shorts. … www.windriderforum.info/showcase/

According to the site, Windrider is looking for:

  • Work by student filmmakers, emerging young filmmakers, and seasoned veteran filmmakers.
  • Films which imaginatively explore some of the following themes; COMPASSION, RESILIENCE, HOPE, HUMAN DIGNITY, DIVERSITY,  FREEDOM, EQUALITY, SPIRITUALITY, REDEMPTION, and the TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

Next year’s Sundance Film Festival takes place January 23 to February 2, 2020, in Park City, Utah.

Images: Alex Dee/Windrider; Family Theater Productions

Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Manager at Family Theater Productions.

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The ‘Movieguide Awards’ on Hallmark Celebrates Films and TV That Lift the Spirit

James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel ‘Paul: Apostle of Christ’/Photo: Movieguide®

Not sure why Hallmark Channel chose to air the Movieguide Awards the night after the Academy Awards — ensuring they’d be swamped in a flood of post-Oscar coverage — but this is one ceremony where love and light take center stage.

The actual ceremony — full name Faith & Values Awards Gala — took place on Feb. 8 at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California, with the theme Movies and TV That Transform, and aired on Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Movieguide is a nonprofit ministry dedicated to “redeeming the values of the entertainment industry by influencing industry executives and by informing and equipping the public about the influence of the entertainment media,” and, as the name suggests, reviews movies with an eye to the faith and values audience.

As part of the Gala, Movieguide founder Dr. Ted Baehr presented highlights from the organizations 2018 Report to the Entertainment Industry about what kinds of entertainment moviegoers and TV viewers actually prefer (hint: it’s often not the stuff that wins Emmys and Oscars). More on that here.

The hosts were actress and Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure and her daughter, actress Natasha Bure.

Here are the nominees and winners (in bold):

The Visionary Award for Furthering Entertainment With Faith & Values

  • Bill Abbott, president & CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, and Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming, Crown Media Family Networks, for their work with Hallmark Channel.

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring Movie

  • God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • The Grinch
  • I Can Only Imagine
  • Paul, Apostle of Christ
  • Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Epiphany Prize to the Most Inspiring TV Program of 2018

  • Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey
  • Daredevil (Season 3, episode 13)
  • Elvis Presley: The Searcher: Part I and Part II
  • Manifest (pilot episode)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, episode 22)
  • Medal of Honor: ‘Hiroshi Hershey Miyamura’
  • A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
  • When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing

Faith & Freedom Award for Movies

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Chappaquiddick
  • Incredibles 2
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Little Pink House
  • Paddington 2

Faith and Freedom Award for TV

  • Daredevil” (Season 3, episode 13)
  • Little Women
  • Manifest (pilot episode)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, episode 22)
  • Medal of Honor: ‘Hiroshi Hershey Miyamura’

Best Movie for Families

  • God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • The Grinch
  • I Can Only Imagine
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Paddington 2
  • Paul, Apostle of Christ
  • Peter Rabbit (2018)
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

10 Best Movies for Mature Audiences (in alphabetical order)

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Chappaquiddick
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Little Pink House
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Skyscraper
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Unbroken: Path to Redemption
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Christie Peters Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for Movies

  • David A.R. White, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
  • Dennis Quaid, I Can Only Imagine
  • J. Michael Finley, I Can Only Imagine
  • James Faulkner, Paul, Apostle of Christ
  • Jim Caviezel, Paul, Apostle of Christ
  • John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
  • Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
  • Samuel Hunt, Unbroken: Path to Redemption
  • Merritt Patterson, Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Christie Peters Grace Award for Most Inspiring Performance for TV

  • Emily Watson, Little Women
  • Henry Simmons, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, episode 22)
  • Chloe Bennet, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5, episode 22)
  • Joanne Whalley, Daredevil (Season 3, episode 13)
  • Candace Cameron Bure, A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
  • Jean Smart, A Shoe Addict’s Christmas
  • Lori Loughlin, When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing

$15,000 Kairos Prize for Most Spiritually Uplifting Screenplay by a First-Time or Beginning Screenwriter(s)

  • Nathan Leon, Grace by Night

$15,000 Kairos Pro Prize for Most Inspiring Screenplay by an Experienced Filmmaker

  • Paul Cooper, Mingo Road

Image: Movieguide®

Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Manager at Family Theater Productions.

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Pop Sensation Sister Cristina on Lady Gaga and Singing for $1M on CBS’ ‘The World’s Best’

Sister Cristina, ‘The World’s Best’/CBS

Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, who won The Voice of Italy in 2014, makes her second appearance tonight — Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT — on CBS’ new reality-competition series The World’s Best.

The show, which launched after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, with host James Corden, brings in performers from around the globe, judged by Americans Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill, and by a panel of international experts. The ultimate prize is $1M.

Sister Cristina, a twentysomething Italian, wowed the judges on The Voice of Italy, and became a social-media sensation, for reinterpreting pop songs. Here’s her The World’s Best performance of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

Over at my Pax Culturati blog, I have a new email interview with Sister Cristina (she doesn’t speak English fluently), in which she talks about why she chose Born This Way, and what she’d do if she met Lady Gaga — who, despite some views out of line with Church teaching, considers herself a Catholic:

Why did you pick Born This Way to sing at the show? What does it mean to you?

Born This Way deals with the theme of diversity, and, in my opinion, it is important to remind everyone that despite being different, we are as precious as we are, because God does not make mistakes with anyone, exactly as the song says. We live in one evolved society that often tends to make differences and exclusions due to life choices or simply because the other is different from us.

Instead it is good to remember how diversity can only be an instrument of enrichment towards one another, can serve to build a more colorful world where everyone can bring his own color and we should not be scared of them!

Lady Gaga has a Catholic background — if you haven’t met her yet, what would you most like to talk to her about?

Lady Gaga is one of my favorite artists, and what strikes me, and I mostly like of her, in addition to her extraordinary artistic skills, is the courage with which she shows her great humanity. If only one day I had the honor to meet and talk to her, first I should contain the emotions and then I would ask her for advice and ideas to make the message of love that I carry everywhere through music even stronger (artistically speaking) and accessible to everyone (not only those who believe in God)!

She talks a lot more about God, fame, the Church and her message to young people. Read the whole thing here.

Image: CBS

Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Manager at Family Theater Productions.

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‘The Dating Project’ is THE Movie You Need for Valentine’s Day

Boston College singles Matt and Shanzi, “The Dating Project”/PureFlix/MPower/Family Theater Productions

This Thursday is the first St. Valentine’s Day since the April 2018 release of Family Theater Productions’ groundbreaking documentary The Dating Project. It’s a frank, heartfelt look at modern dating, based on the work of Boston College professor Dr. Kerry Cronin, who’s been trying to reintroduce the nearly lost art of dating to her students.

Along the way, the film, directed by Millennial Jonathan Cipiti, talks to a two of Cronin’s students, a twentysomething woman in Chicago, a thirtysomething woman in New York and a fortysomething man in Los Angeles (which, we’re happy to report, has since married), about the challenges of looking for real love in the hookup culture.

And now, it’s Valentine’s Day. No pressure.

We don’t know a lot about the original St. Valentines (there are three), but we do know that they were all martyred for their love of the Lord. Along the way, that love came to represent love in general, especially romantic love. FTP’s online series Catholic Central explored just that and more in a new episode (more resources here):

If you’re one of those people whose Valentine’s Day is not all hearts and flowers, we think watching The Dating Project (website here) — whether streamed online or on DVD — will be eye-opening and ultimately uplifting. So, in honor of that, I fired off some questions to one of the movie’s producers, Megan Harrington (who’s also a co-producer of the upcoming pro-life film Unplanned, and is now an FTP staff producer) and here’s what she had to say:

What kinds of audience reactions have you heard since the release of the film in the Spring of 2018?

The feedback has been really encouraging from men and women across all age categories. Grandparents ask “How did this happen (state of dating)?” and want to get a copy for their grandkids. Parents who watch it with their children tell us how it opened up an honest and real conversation after. Single people have had an emotional reaction and been inspired. It really is a film for every single person, pun intended.

What’s surprised you about how the film has affected people?

I think what has surprised me is the film’s impact on married people. It has encouraged some to start dating their spouse again, which is awesome.

What more have you learned about the subject matter of modern dating?

I learned so much working on this film, both about myself and the world of modern dating. I believe the oversexualization of the culture has created chaos and uncertainty in what it means to be in relationship. We’ve replaced casual dating with casual sex, and the result is a profound sense of loneliness. I don’t see happier or more carefree people. I see brokenness and people who ache to have a real connection. Dr. Cronin’s “dating assignment” is an opportunity to reclaim the lost art of dating.

The work of Dr. Cronin to help young people relearn the art of dating goes on. Do you have any plans to work with her again on another project?

We would love to work with Dr. Cronin again, but her passion is teaching and I think that is where she will focus all of her energy. What a blessing for those kids who have the opportunity to sit in her classroom. They are receiving an education of the mind and heart, which is an incredible gift.

Did ‘The Dating Project’ accomplish what you hoped it would?

We wanted the film to be a conversation starter, and from the screenings and feedback received, it seems to have accomplished the goal. We hope the conversation continues to grow, and the film reaches colleges and communities far and wide. If you’re interested in group screenings, visit www.TheDatingProjectMovie.com. Yes, that was a shameless plug.

What’s been the most moving thing you’ve experienced as the film has made its way to audiences?

As the film has made its way to audiences, I’ve had an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I’m grateful to God for the opportunity to be part of this film and work side-by-side for endless hours with the most incredibly dedicated team. I’m grateful to God for introducing us to all the amazing people in the film. I’m grateful to God for every comment about how the film has changed someone’s perspective or direction.

Valentine’s Day is a source of joy for many, and pain for others. If your love life isn’t where you want it to be on Thursday, Feb. 14, is there any advice you can give for getting through it?

Well, my love life isn’t where I want so I’ll share what I’m going to do: eat chocolate and play sad songs. Kidding … about the sad songs. The only way to get through life is to live it. If Thursday is a painful reminder of the past, make it a day to bury those memories and embrace the present by inviting some friends over to watch “The Dating Project.”  And then…say yes to “The Dating Assignment.”

(The Dating Assignment is a literal assignment that Dr. Cronin hands out to students. You can try it yourself here.)

For a little more info, check out Dr. Cronin’s appearance on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo:

Click here to see Harrington herself on Fox News. Below find The Dating Project trailer:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Image: Pure Flix/MPower/FamilyTheater Productions

Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Manager at Family Theater Productions.

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