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Ignatian Partners and Media Nun Use Contemporary Film & TV to Explore Lent
Contact: Pat Walsh, 541-513-1236

CHICAGO/LOS ANGELES, Feb. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Midwest Jesuits, along with the IN Network, an online platform supported by creative media company Loyola Productions, is launching a Lenten Film Series via the original show The INNdustry with Sister Rose. Hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, this seasonal series features film and TV clips that many will know from mainstream programming to highlight Lenten themes and foster reflection and conversation.

"The Lenten Film Series offers viewers a unique, media-driven way to journey through Lent using a variety of TV and film programs as meaningful spiritual guideposts," said Sr. Rose. "The breadth and depth of the programming across genres and subject matter is inspiring. Loyola Productions has done a wonderful job producing the series that will make Lent more meaningful for those who watch one or all of the episodes."

Each of the seven episodes includes interviews with the media makers, including writer Barbara Hall (Homeland, Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia), director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, I AM), actor Martin Sheen (The West Wing, Apocalypse Now, The Way), and actor/director Emilio Estevez (Bobby, The Way).

Questions for reflection and commentary are also offered. Premiering online on Ash Wednesday, March 5th, the Lenten Film Series releases six more episodes every Wednesday afterward, taking viewers right up to the Paschal Triduum. The Lenten Film Series is ideal for use in prayer groups, young adult ministry, retreats, classrooms, and individual Lenten preparation for Easter. A promotional video and press kit materials can be viewed at getinn.tv/lent-2014-epk.

"Through the Lenten Film Series with Sr. Rose, we meet the faithful where they are, online and through social media," says Fr. Eddie Siebert, S.J. executive producer for Loyola Productions. "Pope Francis himself said the Internet is a gift from God that facilitates communication, and we are proud to be offering online Lenten programming that we think Pope Francis would welcome."

Ep. 1: Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014 -- REDEMPTION OF THE PROSECUTOR (Short Documentary) / A Tennessee prosecutor struggles to reconcile his work with his faith after he befriends a prisoner he put behind bars.

Ep. 2: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 -- CHAMPIONS OF FAITH: BASEBALL EDITION (Feature-length Documentary) / Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney lets down his guard, and his faith, on the field.

Ep. 3: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 -- THE WAY (Feature Film) / Martin Sheen stars as a reluctant pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in a film made by his son, Emilio Estevez.

Ep. 4: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 -- DESERT WEDDING (Short Indie Film) / A bridezilla's big day turns out far different than she had so meticulously planned.

Ep. 5: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 -- I AM (Feature-length Documentary) / Director Tom Shadyac documents his experience following a serious head injury and how it changed his life.

Ep. 6: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS Television Series) / A clip from the first season finds Joan trying to understand why God is asking her to join, of all things, her high school chess club.

Ep. 7: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 -- SMALL CHANGE (Short Indie Film) / A small but loving gesture from one young sibling to another gives hope to a family in crisis.

Jeremy Langford, Communications Director of the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits, says, "To help people discover/re-discover Lent in a new way, we are excited to partner with the IN Network and Sr. Rose, both experts at finding God in today's media. This unique Lenten Film Series is special because it uses carefully chosen movie and TV clips, combined with thoughtful introductions and reflection questions by Sr. Rose, to help viewers delve deeper into this sacred religious season and be surprised where their journeys lead them."

About The INNdustry with Sister Rose
Billed as SISTER WENDY meets ROGER EBERT AT THE MOVIES meets THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW, The INNdustry with Sister Rose reviews all things entertainment related and features one-on-one interviews with the people making news in entertainment and media.

About Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP
Sr. Rose Pacatte is a Daughter of St. Paul and the Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA. She is a noted national and international media literacy specialist and is an award-winning film/TV columnist for St. Anthony Messenger and the National Catholic Reporter.

About The IN Network
The IN Network is an online platform specifically designed for the global Jesuit family, presenting news, culture, lifestyle, and original series content through a uniquely Ignatian lens. The IN Network has an App available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad), with an Android version coming soon.

To watch the Lenten Film Series on The INNdustry with Sr. Rose or to get more information, please visit
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