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REEL FAITH Movie Review Show Honors Roger Ebert

And Premieres New Season of Action-Packed Movie Reviews Through a Catholic Lens

REEL FAITH May 2013BROOKLYN, NY – Where can moviegoers turn for reliable information on current films from a faithful Catholic perspective?

Beginning May 24, on Fridays at 8 PM ET, they can tune-in to REEL FAITH for the weekly half-hour movie review program, now in its fourth summer season exclusively on New Evangelization Television (NET) in the New York metro area on Cablevision Channel 30 and Time Warner Cable Channel 97.

Viewers around the world can tune-in by clicking the “Watch Now” button at NETNY.net. Across the USA, REEL FAITH and all NET programs are on Verizon FiOS On Demand. To watch REEL FAITH on Verizon FiOS, select the “Religion” folder, then “NET Catholic.”

Dubbed the Catholic Siskel and Ebert,” David DiCerto (former film critic for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film and Broadcasting) and Steven Greydanus (film critic for the National Catholic Register and creator of DecentFilms.com) return in 2013 as hosts of REEL FAITH, with the vision of spreading the Gospel message while encouraging greater film literacy among Catholics and everyone who tunes in.

The new season of REEL FAITH will feature a tribute to the late Roger Ebert, who greatly influenced both hosts.

“Roger Ebert made film criticism as popular as movies themselves,” says Greydanus whose writing had been quoted in two of Ebert’s reviews and who, in anticipation of the REEL FAITH tribute, wrote the memorial column “How I Believe in Roger Ebert for the National Catholic Register. “As a Catholic, I especially appreciated how his Catholic upbringing and education always remained a part of who he was and how he wrote. His willingness to make moral as well as aesthetic judgments – to praise a film for its empathy or fault it for its depravity – was also important to his work.”

“So much of what we do on the show was inspired by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel,” adds DiCerto. “They helped bring the conversation down from the lofty citadels of cineastes and infuse it with an everyman accessibility, introducing ‘two thumbs up’ into our pop-culture lexicon. When pitching the show, they were the template. We just gave it a unique faith twist. Hopefully, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Each week, REEL FAITH takes a look at Hollywood’s biggest films, as well as smaller independent releases, uniquely through a Catholic lens. With the help of film scholar Fr. Robert Lauder, REEL FAITH also introduces viewers to motion picture classics by highlighting “Movies with a Message.”

“Movies are much more than mere entertainment; they have the power to influence ideas and attitudes,” says David DiCerto. “I’m thrilled to be able to provide Catholic moviegoers – especially parents – with a voice they can trust in a way that’s fresh, informative and, hopefully, entertaining.”

“Catholic film reviewing has been around for as long as the movies themselves, but we’ve been slow to bring it to the screen, which is ideal for a visual medium like movies. The Church has always been aware of the power of images and on Reel Faith we can interact with the movies we’re reviewing in a way you can’t do in writing. It’s almost a more Catholic way of reviewing movies,” says Steven Greydanus.

Launched in 2008, NET is a branch of DeSales Media Group, official media outreach of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. NET is available to more than 1.8 million homes throughout the New York City and Brooklyn areas, millions more nationwide on Verizon FiOS On Demand, and worldwide on NETNY.net.

Follow NET’s REEL FAITH updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/ReelFaithShow.



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