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Film Based on Flannery O'Connor's Writings in Development
Catholic Alliance for Film Arts formed to support major feature film project


Carmel Communications

June 12, 2019


SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Catholic Alliance for Film Arts, an association of Catholic organizations dedicated to promoting outstanding filmmaking, announces its first major collaboration, Five by Flannery, a movie based on the writings of Flannery O'Connor that will be produced by Good Country Pictures.

"'Grotesque' is an adjective one often hears applied to Flannery's writings — from both admirers and critics," said Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder and editor of Ignatius Press. "But what the critics often miss is the luminosity of grace that is ever present. She shows man (us) in our fallen state — no cosmetics applied — and thus our need of Redemption. But she writes as one who knows the victory has been won. And, oh, can she write! Imagine her words transformed into film."

Five by Flannery will be an anthology feature film based on five of O'Connor's most beloved short stories, including "Revelation" and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own." The film has been conceived by Good Country Pictures and will be supported both financially and promotionally through Catholic Alliance for Film Arts in the vein of Academy Award-nominated feature films, such as "Short Cutsby Robert Altman" (based on short stories of Raymond Carver) and the recent Coen Brothers film, "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" (nominated for a 2019 Oscar for best adapted screenplay).

"Movies are costly to produce, edit and create," said Mark Brumley, president and CEO of Ignatius Press. "And movies made with this type of cinematic excellence will require serious financial commitment. Therefore, we are inviting those in our faith community who also want to be part of a movement to transform culture through the arts to help us fund Five by Flannery. This film will highlight many relevant themes in our world today, where Flannery O'Connor wrote ahead of her time, such as race and equality, judgment and forgiveness, and justice and mercy."

For more information, visit https://www.catholicfilmalliance.com/.

About Catholic Alliance for Film Arts
Catholic Alliance for the Film Arts is an association of Catholic organizations united towards the financial stewardship and promotion of films of excellence. Founded by Ignatius Press, Augustine Institute and other Catholic nonprofit organizations, CAFA raises funds and facilitates awareness around quality filmmaking consistent with the Christian creative vision. In this way, CAFA contributes to the world of culture by initiating conversations between the sacred boundaries of the faith and the deeply artistic language of cinema.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Father Fessio or Mark Brumley, please contact Lisa Wheeler (404-519-1987 or LWheeler@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications


CONTACT: Lisa Wheeler, 404-519-1987, LWheeler@carmelcommunications.com

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