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The 4-Hour Film Challenge

(Pictured: A scene from the short film “Life,” which won the 4-Hour Film Challenge. The film was made by Maria Oscilowski, Colton Machado, Vince Salerno, Austin Matte, and Annie Bucheit. Watch “Life” here.) — By Hannah Dorss — We recently saw the inauguration of an event that will doubtless become a classic in the JPCatholic community. The event, called “The 4-Hour Film Challenge,” …

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Interning at a World-Class Theatre: A Student’s Perspective

— By Hannah Dorss — Sometimes the most spontaneous, least-anticipated opportunities are the best ones. Although I had not planned on interning while at JPCatholic, God had other plans. When I randomly found the listing for internships at the world-renown Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, I knew that I was meant to intern there. Although I knew it was …

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Film Students Travel to ‘Endor’ to Shoot ‘Star Wars’ Fan Film

–By Denis Grasska — (Originally published in The Southern Cross) SAN DIEGO — During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew. “It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled. But as it turned …

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Alumni Company Connects Authors & Readers

— By Hannah Dorss — Upliterate is an online platform that connects up-and-coming authors and readers through stories. The company started in the Launchpad Program at John Paul the Great Catholic University in 2014. Upliterate’s business model serves both authors and readers in a unique way. It gives authors a place to post their work, gain an audience, and gauge …

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Soul: Creating a Climate of Unity at JPCatholic

— By Hannah Dorss — SOUL, the campus apostolate for John Paul the Great Catholic University, serves the important role of leading students in their spiritual journeys and fostering unity among them. Though still a small group of about a dozen or two members, SOUL—which stands for “Spirit of Unity and Love”—actively tends to the spiritual needs of JPCatholic’s students …

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How Acting Drew Me to God: A Reflection on the Acting Program at JPCatholic

— By Hannah Dorss — Bible scholar N.T. Wright from the University of Saint Andrew in Scotland encouraged artists to recognize the relationship between art and theology, by integrating the two and celebrating creation’s goodness, brokenness, and redemption through art. At John Paul the Great Catholic University, that’s exactly what both the teachers and students do in the acting program. …