Monday, January 24, 2011
News Update: Help Pope Joan Come to the US!
From Donna Woolfolk Cross:
"The good news is that the film won several awards, including Best Feature Film at the prestigious Ojai Film Festival and also at the Moondance Film Festival, as well as an award for Best Movie Soundtrack at the Park City Film Festival. To learn my take on the film, as well as some "insider" information, see my interview in Moving Pictures Magazine. (Be patient - it could take a few moments to open; it's a .pdf file.)
So now you may be wondering when Pope Joan will come to a theater near you. The good news: the success of the movie on the film circuit helped me wrest the project from the cold dead hands of its U.S. representative (one film festival director, eager to screen Pope Joan, told me he called this group only to be told that they didn't represent the film. They had completely forgotten about Pope Joan--so no wonder we couldn't get U.S.distribution!) We're now seeking a new U.S. distributor, so keep your fingers crossed. Learn how you can help.
Also, readers and fans in Upstate New York might want to save the date of April 2nd. By special permission of Constantin Film, there will be a one-night "Red Carpet Screening" of Pope Joan at the Palace Theater in Syracuse, New York. This will be a gala occasion, thanks to the talents of Tracy Higgenbotham of 5 Star Events, a division of Women TIES, a wonderful company that supports and promotes women entrepreneurs all over the country. All proceeds will benefit the Gage Foundation, a worthy organization that has restored the home of feminist visionary Matilda Joslyn Gage and created an inspiring Center for Social Justice.
Details of the event are still being worked out, so I'll keep you posted--and yes, this means you'll hear from me again soon.
Finally, the issue of ordination of women remains a hot topic. Five Anglican Bishops announced last month that they would join the Catholic Church, responding to the Pope's invitation to Anglican clergy opposed to the ordination of women bishops, something the Church of England is considering. The Pope lured the Anglican Bishops by promising this will never happen in the Catholic Church. But as James Bond learned, never say never..
Last month the National Coalition of American nuns went public in their endorsement of women's ordination, along with Roy Bourgeois, a priest who is expected to be excommunicated by the Vatican because of his support for female priests. Click here to learn more".
Check out my posts on "Pope Joan"
Tacoma Film Festival and Pope Joan meet and greet
For the love of Pope Joan
Book Review "Pope Joan"