Roma Downey and Mark Burnett were trying to get their teenage children to sit with them to watch the 1956 version of The Ten Commandments when the idea struck to produce a more contemporary Bible movie with visuals to bring the scriptures to life for a today’s people. The ten hour series that arose from that , The Bible, played on the History Channel earlier this year, received the Board of Directors award at the CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates) 2oth Annual Mass Brunch and Awards Ceremony this last Sunday, April 14, 2014.
For the last 20 years, CIMA has recognized projects and people in the entertainment industry who by their work, have made clearer the word of God. Also receiving awards this year: for Television, Bones, a show in which conversations about faith are often intertwined with solving mysteries. For Motion Pictures, the award went to Flight, starring Denzel Washington, portraying the plight of an alcoholic pilot who saves a plane full of people but risks losing his soul to personal demons. A special Honorary Award went to Father Anthony Scannell, OFM Cap., who has had a life in media ministry, including a parish based film and faith program called “Soup and Cinema.”