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Script Reading Series at JPCatholic

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

 – By Sam Hendrian – Every movie, from the dullest of dull to the most dazzlingly cinematic, begins as words on a page. These words on a page compose what is known as the script, an often unsung but inestimably important part of the movie-making process. What are acclaimed cinematic treasures like The Godfather, Citizen Kane, To Kill a Mockingbird, and …

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‘Households’ at JPCatholic – Providing Opportunities for Faith and Service

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

 – By Sam Hendrian – As a Newman Guide Recommended school, John Paul the Great Catholic University strives to provide an authentically Catholic environment in which students can both prepare for their careers and grow in their spiritual lives. One of the many resources on campus for students to develop their faith is a program called “households”. Having originated at Franciscan …

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10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of All Time

In Featured, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– “And the winner is… La La Land!” A few moments later… “Actually, Moonlight won.” So went one of the biggest flubs in Oscar history at the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2017. While legitimate mistakes like this have not been made too often over the course of Academy Awards history, many decisions that opinionated movie fans …

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An Inside Look at the Disney College Program

In Campus News, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – Combining exciting attractions, joyful employees, and pure magic, the Disney theme parks are often known as the happiest places on Earth. For millions of kids, a trip to Disney marks a landmark in their childhood, and sparks in many a desire to be part of creating the magic when they grow up. Established in 1981, the …

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For the Season of Grace and Redemption: 10 Movies to Watch During Lent

In Culture, Featured, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Well, the season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is upon us once again, and people will be scrambling to find something to give up or good deeds/spiritually-fruitful activities to perform. While watching movies may not be everyone’s idea of a fruitful Lenten activity (some people respectably sacrifice television for the season), there are several mainstream films that …

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An Inside Look: Working in Hollywood as a Christian

In Featured, Industry Insights, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

For years, many Christian circles have held an “Us-vs-Them” mentality when it comes to Hollywood. The industry represents a kind of modern-day Nineveh that exports its secular culture and moral depravity across the globe. But are “Christian” and “Hollywood” really antonyms? Three JPCatholic professors and long-time Hollywood veterans shared their experiences of being a Christian in the film industry, while …

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

In Featured, Industry Insights, Posts, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–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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The Transcendence of Paul Simon’s Music

In Culture, Sam Hendrian by Impact Admin

– By Sam Hendrian – Music always has and always will have the power to lift up our souls towards the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. The songs of legendary musician Paul Simon have achieved this noble purpose multiple times throughout the years. Fueled by poignant spiritual pondering and immense emotional honesty, much of Simon’s music speaks to the deep …

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Seven Valentine’s Movies for the Seven Heavenly Virtues

In Culture, Featured, Sam Hendrian by Samuel Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– Valentine’s Day (and Lent) is here, and chocolate (and people giving up chocolate) abounds. While the word “love” has been grossly commercialized and abused throughout history, it is important to remember its true meaning and purpose: the selfless giving of one’s self. As my favorite high school teacher once challenged us, “sacrificial love” is redundant. Immersing ourselves …