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Fr. Pavone Calls New Film “Crescendo” a Powerful Pro-Life Tool

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Priests for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 27, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

“Crescendo,” a short film with a powerful pro-life message, will be released nationwide on Feb. 28, 2013, for a special one-night event to raise money for pregnancy centers around the country.

“We are urging everyone to join together and celebrate the incredible potential of every single human life,” said Jason Jones, founder and president of Movie to Movement, which produced “Crescendo.” Jones hopes to raise $1 million for pregnancy centers, which offer real choices to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

“Crescendo” is based on a true story of an 18th century woman whose life was changed by a series of extraordinary events in the course of a day. It was the winner of the Crystal Heart award at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival and took top honors for short film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“This is absolutely one of the most powerful pro-life tools our movement has produced,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. His organization was heavily involved in the film project and its promotion.

Movie to Movement produces and promotes films that advance a culture of life, love and beauty. For information, go to www.movietomovement.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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If We Could All Take Flight…

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Okay. I can’t get the new movie FLIGHT starring Denzel Washington out of my awareness. Why? I’m beginning to wonder if the movie isn’t prophetic in a strange kind of way. As in America is headed for a big CRASH if we don’t wake up! Let’s face it. My first response to FLIGHT was valid, too much substance abuse, too much profanity, too much nudity, too many cursory glances of religion without compassion. Of course there is a whole lot more of all of that stuff going on in the real world, and believe me, it is too much!

However, the flight attendant who survived the crash and introduced her son to the captain at the funeral of his girlfriend was a bright spot in the movie. The other bright spot was the hindsight looking forward of the captain (Denzel) talking to fellow inmates.

Mr. Washington, actor nonpareil portrayed such a convincing role that I find myself almost asking the captains on the multitudinous flights I continue to board if they are drunk or high on drugs. A few days ago, one captain was lamenting to his senior flight attendant – with a wry look on his face – saying “these kind of movies always make it hard for us.” I remember saying to myself, you got that right!

Now, Mr. Washington displayed his naked posterior anatomy on screen. I know that isn’t all that shocking to many people these days; you can stumble across far worse on late night TV and cable if you’re not taking precautions with your remote control. But honestly, did we have to see that? I guess one could argue that Mr. Washington is trying to tell us to wake up, that things are really bad when someone can appear in court drunk and high on drugs and almost get away with a crime if he or she has some really good lawyers and financial backers and doesn’t have a conscience.

I am really about to wish and maybe even pray that Mr. Denzel Washington and some other brave, courageous and conscience stricken actors will take another look at what’s happening to babies and their mothers; all too many being slaughtered by abortion. Can we put that on the big screens of the world, and then have a “Come to Jesus” moment?

I almost didn’t write this one my friends, but it is often said that writing is cathartic. Does America need a purging agent? Oh my!

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Stereotyping At The Polls And In The Entertainment Arena

Monday, November 5th, 2012

“The bottom line is simple: If a black person does a good impression of a thief, drug addict, prostitute, maid or athlete, you’ve got yourself a touchdown. The worst thing you can do, however, is play a role that communicates intelligence, integrity or courage….that’s “not realistic.” - Dr. Boyce Watkins

All African Americans don’t vote for abortion and homosexuality and African American actors deserve more Oscars for noble roles rather than for demeaning parts that get too much Oscar buzz these days. Please be patient with me, I’m going to make a connection in a moment. To be perfectly honest, I was very weary of all the political hype surrounding America’s presidential election, which is tomorrow by the way. So I decided to take three of my adult children for sushi and a movie. I truly wish now I had just gone back into my prayer closet and kept praying for forgiveness and mercy because of the troubled times we are experiencing. But I wanted a breather, so off to the restaurant and movies we trekked. I forgot for a moment how much Training Day featuring Denzel Washington traumatized me a few years ago, making me promise myself to be very careful when considering seeing another Washington film. I had seen the trailers, and the movie seemed harmless enough. Well, harmless it was not. Please read Dr. Boyce’s full review here. http://www.kulturekritic.com/2012/11/men/dr-boyce-denzel-was-brilliant-but-an-oscar-for-his-latest-film-would-be-racist/

After the movie, which had so much gratutious profanity and nudity that I kept exclaiming aloud how ridicuously unnecessary it all was. DENZEL WASHINGTON IS A BRILLIANT ACTOR, no doubt about that. And the movie had some notable teaching moments all in all. Yet the raw portrayal of the main character and the admittedly talented caricature of the evangelical co-pilot and his wife neutralized some of the good that should have been the high point of the film.

What does this have to do with political stereotyping? Well, many people believe that there are few, if any, African Americans who will not vote for President Obama in the coming election. Of course, the numbers from 2008 clearly bear this thought pattern out. But what about the African Americans who won’t vote for President Obama? If anyone was listening or really cared about the African Americans who is appalled by the abortion/homosexual marriage agenda, they could discover that all African Americans do not favor killing innocent babies or breaking down the natural family with lifestyles like abortion, homosexuality, fornication and adultery.

THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ENDORSEMENT BLOG. THIS IS NOT TELLING ANYONE WHO TO VOTE FOR. THIS IS ALVEDA BEING SICK AND TIRED OF PERSONALITY CONTESTS AND STEREOTYPING WHILE AMERICA IS IN CRISIS!

In a few hours, the elections will be over. Things most likely won’t go back to “business as usual” though. At least we had better pray they don’t. It’s time to repent people, get it right. Admit that we don’t know everything and let God take the reins. WAKE UP!

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New Song Never Before Heard From Michael Jackson

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Just recently a new song from Michael Jackson entitled Song Groove was posted on YouTube. This song has become known as the “Abortion Papers” song. Regardless of how you feel about Michael Jackson, it is clear that even he knew that abortion is wrong and went against the Word of God.

When we loose someone like Michael Jackson it hurts. I met Michael in Atlanta when he was a young teenager full of hope and promise. I had a front row seat at one of his concerts, and was even allowed back stage to say hello. I remember him falling on his knees and then prostrate on the floor during his performance, and he was crying “help me. Please, help me,” in the middle of a song. I didn’t know back then just how much of himself he would be required to give up before he would die a lonely and fearful death. This is why when I hear his songs, and those of others like Whitney Houston, I feel sad. I pray that they were able to find God’s grace and comfort along their journies. This is also why I am glad that Justin Bieber’s mother didn’t abort him, and that her testimony is being broadcast, about how she said no to those who wanted her to abort Justin.

Michael seems to have come close to an abortion situation in his life, maybe someone he cared about aborted a baby. We don’t know, but if you listen to his song on “BAD” maybe you will be moved to pray to end abortion which kills babies and harms women in a very “BAD” way. Yes Dear Michael, abortion is very bad.

We should all heed his advice, “Signing your name against the Word of God . . . Think about life.”

Sister don’t read, she’ll never know
What about love?
Living a Christian soul
What do we get, she runs away
What about love?
What about all I pray

Don’t know the worst, she knows a thief
What about life?
Living’s just all I see
What do you care, things she will say
What about love?
That’s all I pray

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Sister confused, she went alone
What about love?
What about all I saw?
Biding a sigh, reading the words
Singing a song, citing a Bible verse

Father’s confused, mother despair
Brother’s in curse
What about all I’ve seen?
You know the lie, you came alone
What about heart?
That’s all I’ve known

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers (Hoo!)
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Look at my words, what do they say?
Look at my heart, burning is all heartbreak
What do you get?
What do you say?
What about love?
I feel my sin

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers (Hoo!)
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Who have the grateful?
Where will she go?
What will she do, to keep her world?

Sister don’t know, where would she go
What about love?
What about all I saw?
What will you get?
Don’t be so confused
Love all the things
It’s just the things I do

Those abortion papers
Signing your name against the Word of God
Those abortion papers
Think about life, I’d like to have my child

Those abortion papers
(Abortion paper)
(This paper) (Hee-Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
I’d like to have my child (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)

Those abortion papers
(Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
(Hee Hee-Hee Hee Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
I’d like to have my child (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
Those abortion papers (Hee-Hee Hee Hee-Hee)
(Hee-Hee Hee-Hee).

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Great New Pro-Life Documentary Coming Soon!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

I was interviewed last week for a new documentary, The Voice of John, which is going to be released on November 4, 2012. This documentary is a great new addition to the arsenal of films that help educate the public about the truth of abortion and the value of all human life.

The producer, Donald Galade, worked diligently to complete the trailer and is working just as hard to promote the film. Unlike most major film productions which have the financial resources to advertise their films, independent film makers rely on limited advertising and word of mouth.

Kudos to Director Christopher Peiser. His camera work and editing really captures the viewers’ interest and draws them in.

Please help us promote this film by sharing it with your friends.

One small voice will speak for millions.

For more information visit voiceofjohn.org

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102 Fun Things To Do (Besides Having Sex)

Friday, August 17th, 2012

1.-Go to the movies with your friends/family.
2. Go shopping at the mall with your friends.
3. Have a picnic with your friends at a local park or in your backyard.
4. Have an 80′s movie marathon. Rent as many 80′s movies as you can find and watch them all weekend. Do the same thing for other decades.
5. Make a scrapbook.
6. Make a collage that represents you or a topic you enjoy. Include magazine and newspaper clippings, photographs, ticket stubs, etc.
7. Have a potluck dinner. Assign a food category to each of your friends and set a date.
8. Read a book or magazine.
9. Play a game of flag or touch football.
10. Play capture the flag.
11. Make a home movie with your parents’ video camera.
12. Paint a picture.
13. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood.
14. Go to a sporting event for your school.
15. Start a collection.
16. Play a game of ultimate Frisbee.
17. Go swimming.
18. Make a mix CD or tape.
19. Organize a bake sale or car wash in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds to a school or community project.
20. Play card games, chess, board games, dominoes, or do a puzzle.
21. Plan and make a meal for your family.
22. Make your own waterslide. Put a plastic tarp down on the grass and wet it down with a water hose. Keep the hose running as you and your friends run and slide on it.
23. Fly a kite in your backyard or at a local park.
24. Create your own street-hockey team or play for fun.
25. Talk on the phone.
26. Ride your bike. Try to find new trails.
27. Write poetry or short stories.
28. Build a clubhouse in your backyard where you can hang out with your friends.
29. Make homemade cookies.
30. Go on a photography hunt and find interesting themes to shoot.
31. Exercise. Try new exercise routines with your friends, such as yoga or Pilates.
32. Rent a canoe or paddle boat.
33. Go to a concert.
34. Start your own band.
35. Get a part-time job.
36. Go out to eat at a local restaurant.
37. Go to an ice cream shop with your friends.
38. Go star-gazing.
39. Go see a play at your local theater or a school production.
40. Participate in after-school activities, such as the drama club, football, basketball, community service clubs, art club, student council, cheerleading, etc.
41. Go to a museum.
42. Go to the zoo.
43. Volunteer at the local animal shelter, hospital, nursing home or another place that interests you.
44. Plant your own garden or terrarium.
45. Make a time capsule with all your friends with notes and objects you want to remember this time in history.
Set a date to open it far in the future.
46. Design and make your own T-shirts.
47. Go horseback riding.
48. Go rock climbing or hiking.
49. Go to an amusement or water park.
50. Have dinner outside while watching the sunset. You can make dinner or pick up some fast food.
51. Groom your pet then take it to the park to it show off.
52. Play paintball.
53. Go to the beach or lake.
54. Play computer/video games.
55. Take a nap.
56. Play laser tag.
57. Play miniature golf.
58. Ride go-carts.
59. Go bowling.
60. Study for SATs.
61. Go to a flea market to search for cool stuff.
62. Order a pizza and rent a movie with your friends.
63. Attend a professional sporting event.
64. Go ice-skating.
65. Visit public gardens.
66. Play board games with your little brother or sister or with your friends.
67. Learn how to play a musical instrument.
68. Take your kid sisters or brothers to the playground or circus.
69. Visit the historical sites of your city.
70. Start a recycling program in your school/community.
71. Have a poker party. Use chips, candy and pretzels instead of money.
72. Make a music video.
73. Make a present for your boyfriend or girlfriend.
74. Make a quilt out of your old T-shirts and blankets.
75. Have a cartoon marathon.
76. Go roller-skating or roller-blading at the local skating rink or around the neighborhood.
77. Go to the batting cages or play baseball in a local park.
78. Take a blanket and some snacks to a park and look at cloud formations in the sky.
79. Listen to music/sing.
80. Start a daily journal.
81. Put together a play production with your friends.
82. Roast marshmallows.
83. Play catch with water balloons in the yard or have a water balloon fight.
84. Visit your family.
85. Do a puzzle. Glue the pieces together and frame it.
86. Organize a garage sale with your friends. Donate the proceeds to a local charity or throw a party.
87. Build your own website.
88. Go fishing.
89. Surf the Internet.
90. Take dance lessons. Learn how to swing dance, waltz, salsa, etc.
91. Organize a day to pick up litter in your neighborhood and in the community.
92. Go to the library.
93. Study something new.
94. Write a letter.
95. Rearrange your room.
96. Clean out the basement or garage for your parents.
97. Mow the lawn or wash car for your parents.
98. Mentor a younger child.
99. Join a club or group.
100.Take cooking classes.
101.Visit a nursing home.
102 Enjoy prayer and Bible study with your friends and family.

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RUNAWAY SLAVE: A Must See Movie

Monday, July 16th, 2012

My good friend C. L. Bryant’s new movie, RUNAWAY SLAVE, is finally being released on July 27, 2012 in selected theatres.

Here is what they say on their website about the movie:

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!’”

Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?

In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of “progressives,” the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

Using leading black conservatives as “conductors,” Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

“Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?” Rev. Bryant asks. “For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”

From our nation’s capital and freedom’s birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!

Rev. Bryant’s conclusion? It’s time to run. “Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!”

This summer, celebrate your freedom by running as fast and as hard as you can to see RUNAWAY SLAVE in theaters.

Here is a wonderful intervew of C. L. Bryant. Enjoy!

For more information on the movie please visit www.runawayslavemovie.com.

Meanwhile, watch the trailer here:

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Black Leaders Decry Planned Parenthood’s Partnership with Essence Magazine

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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July 10, 2012

Contact: Walter Hoye, II
Phone: 510-557-7716

Atlanta, GA – African American Leaders are again outraged that Planned Parenthood “will stop at nothing to debase Black Women. Their latest strategy is to infiltrate ESSENCE Magazine, a publication aimed at the African American female market,” say contributing authors to the new book LIFE AT ALL COSTS.

Rev. Walter Hoye, Christian minister and civil rights activist added the following: “Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States of America, has been caught on video tape targeting Black women for abortions, falsely claiming they provide mammograms for women and helping a Black pimp manage his underage sex ring. Do any of the above activities even remotely demonstrate a legitimate concern for Black America? In my opinion, Planned Parenthood is using the 2012 Essence Music Festival to portray themselves as an organization that cares about Black women. This satanic stronghold and sadistic sanctuary is the only strategy Planned Parenthood has left to retreat to in order to maintain their illegitimate air of credibility in the public square. As long as Black Americans are willing to sacrifice our children on the altar of legalized and tax-payer funded abortion on demand in Planned Parenthood clinics we lose.”

Day Gardner and Alveda King, co-producers of the reality news show THE VISION agree with Rev. Hoye. “Rev. Hoye is correct, and brave in the bargain. It takes courage to bring the truth to the light. In a recent expose of Planned Parenthood’s tactics, it was discovered that PPH is in league with members of the United States Congress. That of course is no secret, since PPH receives over $1 million dollars a day in American tax dollars to advance their so called Women’s Health Agenda, an agenda that is linked to distributing goods and services that are linked to abortion, abortion drugs and other agents that are linked to breast cancer, strokes, heart attacks and Black genocide.”

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“For Greater Glory”: Opening in Theatres June 1, 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I recently attending a screening of “For Greater Glory” in Spain and it was stirring, thought provoking, and pivotal. Bringing the reality of how man’s humanity to man crumbles in the wake of faith, hope and love. Highly recommended.

A historical and relevant voice in the 21st century battle for religious freedom. You must see it when it comes out. It is incredible.

Synopsis:

What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic FOR GREATER GLORY an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film’s adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War ­the daring people¹s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America.

Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. Yet the man who hesitates in joining the cause will soon become the resistance’s most inspiring and self-sacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen . . . and transforms a rag-tag band of rebels into a heroic force to be reckoned with. The General faces impossible odds against a powerful and ruthless government. Yet is those he meets on the journey ­ youthful idealists, feisty renegades and, most of all, one remarkable teenager named Jose ­ who reveal to him how courage and belief are forged even when justice seems lost.

Director Dean Wright brings a visual power honed from years as a leading Hollywood effects guru ­ on such blockbusters as TITANIC, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and CHRONICLES OF NARNIA ­ to this real-life tale that has never been told on screen before. The film is written by Michael Love. The producer is Pablo Jose Barroso. Garcia and Longoria lead a stellar multinational cast that includes the legendary Peter O¹Toole, rapidly rising star Oscar Isaac (DRIVE), recording star and actor Ruben Blades (SAFE HOUSE), Bruce Greenwood (STAR TREK, SUPER 8), Nestor Carbonell (THE DARK NIGHT RISES), Bruce McGill (LINCOLN), Santiago Cabrera (³Heroes,² CHE), Oscar®-nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno (MARIA FULL OF GRACE) and Eduardo Verástegui (BELLA).

Shooting on historic locations throughout Mexico, the equally accomplished behind the scenes team includes director of photography Eduardo Martinez Solares (BAD HABITS), Oscar®-nominated editor Richard Francis-Bruce (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, SEVEN, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER¹S STONE), production designer Salvador Parra (VOLVER) and Oscar®-winning composer James Horner (AVATAR, TITANIC, BRAVEHEART).

For more on the movie visit www.forgreaterglory.com.

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Prolife, Pro Family Films Gaining Momentum With New Doonby Frank Capra Award

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I told you about ‘Doonby’ back in February when I blogged a review of the movie. Since then I’ve watched an advance screening of the movie and I can say that this movie is target at a larger audience htan just the pro-lifers. Peter Mackenzie, director, recently emailed me to report that ‘Doonby’ had just won The Frank Capra Award in LA’s Life Fest Awards. As he puts it, “Of course, this isn’t the Oscars but a Capra Award sounds pretty cool to me and we are all delighted. Congratulations Peter!

To read the preview of ‘Doonby’ click HERE

Other pro-life and pro-family films out recently include October Baby, Courageous, Fireproof, The Way, and Bella. (all are great films)

And by the way, I know THE AVENGERS isn’t a prolife movie, but it sure is big fun. Captain America gives much glory to God in the movie. I’ve always been a Hulk sympathizer fan. All of the “heroes” are kool, though. The entire film is entertaining from beginning to end, and nothing family offensive in the mix.

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