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, ReadtheSpirit.com. 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

Introduction

The Films

Part 1: Prophets and Visionaries

ENTERTAINING ANGELS: The Dorothy Day Story

Gandhi

Jesus (The Miniseries)    

King   

The Year of Living Dangerously 

Part 2: Litany of Martyrs

Cry Freedom  

The Mission

Of Gods and Men    

Romero         

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      

Amistad

Erin Brocovich                               

Part 5: Trainers and Teachers

Freedom Song  

Freedom Writers           

Invictus    

The War

Part 6: Organizers

Matewan     

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

Amandla!   

Pete Seger: The Power of Song 

Talk to Me

Part 9: Films for Understanding

American History X

Land of Plenty

Munich                        

To End All Wars          

Part 10: Films for Children Youth (and Youthful Minds of All Ages)

Babe  

The Buttercream Gang  

How to Train Your Dragon

The Iron Giant              

Other Good Films for Peacemakers

Internet Resources

Bibliography

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