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JPCatholic Students Act in Emmy-winning PSA

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 – By Hannah Dorss  – This past spring, two media students from John Paul the Great Catholic University were walking down the street in Escondido when a film director suddenly approached them. JJ Schindler had been talking about his acting classes with Vince Salerno, and this man had overheard. They struck up a conversation, and the director, Kevin Caulfield of …

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Winning Essay: The Power of The Lego Movie

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John Paul the Great Catholic University believes in the power of story to impact us in profound ways. The Power of Story Essay Contest asks prospective students (juniors or seniors in high school) to write an essay reflecting on a story they have experienced (could be a Film, TV show, Play, Novel, Video Game, or Graphic Novel) that was particularly effective …

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Up-and-Coming Catholic Production Company Produces ‘The Hidden Rebellion’

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–By Sam Hendrian– On the rise in the entertainment industry is an up-and-coming Catholic production company called For You, Joan, LLC. Founded by Daniel Rabourdin, a French immigrant and former host/producer of Theology of the Table at EWTN, its goal is to produce universally-appealing movies that powerfully yet subtly transmit important messages about our modern times. Its first production as …

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Avenger’s B-Team: A Review of Marvel’s ‘Defenders’

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— By Carly Twehous — Spoilers below When Iron Man premiered in 2008, it blew everyone out of the water. At the time, no one thought superhero movies could actually, well, be good. No one anticipated that Robert Downey Jr., Hollywood’s favorite tabloid drug addict, was due for his own redemption arc. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced—along with …

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Reflections on JPCatholic’s Production of ‘Our Town’

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– By Sam Hendrian – This past November, eleven JPCatholic acting students brought to life Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town under the direction of adjunct acting professor Angie Bitsko. Set in a small New Hampshire town at the beginning of the twentieth century, it tells the simple but poignant story of the daily routines and ruminations of everyday folk. …

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The Humanity Behind the History: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

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— By Carly Twehous — People all around the world hold a generalized fascination and traditionalized respect for the British monarchy. Members of the Royal Family are constantly subjects of headlines and tabloids in every country that has newsstands. Whether this universal obsession started with a historical intrigue of the once great British Empire, or with the tragic and sudden …