Mittwoch, 24. Dezember 2014

New genre - Children's Cinema

Jim Morlino founded navis pictures in order to make Catholic films in a new genre - Children's Cinema. The results, for instance in the film The War of the Vendeeare fascinating; they have a pageant play feel.
Filmstill from "The War of the Vendee"
"With the purpose to glorify God," claims Morlino, "we can make movies that are truly greater than the sum of their parts. None of these kids are professional actors, and most of them have never even had any formal acting instruction."
A "real" pageant play in the 1950s
Once you adjust to it, you notice that the children are able to convey aspects of adult experience in a special way. The purity of their hearts helps them to convey adult experience in a simpler way that is at the same time very substantial.
That's nothing new to Morlino. He thinks that "the idea of navis pictures will appeal to just about anyone who appreciates truth, beauty, innocence and joy." He sees spiritual, educational and entertainment value in films no one talks about anymore, but which no one has forgotten: The Sound of Music, It's a Wonderful Life, The Lord of the Rings, or Mary Poppins. Like many Catholics interested in redeeming their family time and getting out of the downward spiral of prime-time TV, they gave up cable years ago.
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Morlino doesn't want to compare "our little films" to Hollywood classics, but with The War of the Vendee he aspires to a new form of "distinctly Catholic art" that is by no means limited to children's audiences. While it is true that children will love the pictures, adults will discover an intriguing new way of looking at films. It's hard to explain, but it is tangible and refreshing. We wish Morlino success with many further films. He even encourages others to make films, in the sense of "creative minorites" who have a great chance to flourish in the internet age; that's why Morlino includes a link on his homepage on How To Make A Movie.

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