Monday, January 21, 2013

Coming: My New Book

I can't believe it's been such a long time since my last entry. Aside from my usual writing for Visual Parables, LectionAid, and Lectionary Homiletics, I've been engrossed in finishing the book Blessed Are the Filmmakers, outlined below. It was inspired by reading Daniel Buttry's inspiring collection of 60+ minibiographies of peacemakers, living and dead, BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS. As I read it early last year I kept thinking of films that would go along with the various people and themes in his book, and the result is my collection of forty film guides listed below, plus a long introduction on films & filmmakers and social justice, and some how-to ideas for setting up and leading a film series. The book will be published by the same folk that did Mr. Buttry's book, They've run a number of my film articles and reviews last year. More on the book will be posted here as the publishing date draws near--sometime in the spring I hope.

Ed McN

Blessed are the Filmmakers


The Films

Part 1: Prophets and Visionaries
Jesus (The Miniseries)    
The Year of Living Dangerously 

Part 2: Litany of Martyrs
Cry Freedom  
The Mission
Of Gods and Men    
Sophie Scholl: the Final Days

Part 3: Peace Theory in Practice
Amazing Grace and Chuck     
The Long Walk Home                  
Grand Canyon          
The Official Story              

Part 4: Advocates
Amazing Grace      
Erin Brocovich                               

Part 5: Trainers and Teachers
Freedom Song  
Freedom Writers           
The War

Part 6: Organizers
Salt of the Earth             
Norma Rae
Part 7: Nonviolent Activists
Beyond Rangoon       
Freedom Riders   
The Power of Forgiveness        
We Shall Not Be Moved

Part 8: Artists
Pete Seger: The Power of Song 
Talk to Me

Part 9: Films for Understanding
American History X
Land of Plenty
To End All Wars          

Part 10: Films for Children Youth (and Youthful Minds of All Ages)
The Buttercream Gang  
How to Train Your Dragon
The Iron Giant              

Other Good Films for Peacemakers
Internet Resources

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