My friend, Tom Allen, sent me this announcement of his award-winning Chapions of Faith projects. The baseball one was really well done, and I am looking to the football edition. (And then how about a chess edition, Tom, for people who like, you know, the King of sports?)
Happy to add to the buzz for Tom's work....
CATHOLIC EXCHANGE RELEASES NEW CHAMPIONS OF FAITHTM FILM ON DVD – FOOTBALL EDITION TO FOLLOW
"Champions of Faith: The Bases of Life” Sets New Standard as Catholic Faith Formation Tool
One of the most acclaimed Catholic films in recent memory now has a sequel. On April 1, 2008, Champions of Faith: The Bases of Life will follow the multiple award-winning Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition onto DVD, providing an emotional and faith-filled look inside the personal lives of some of America’s most beloved baseball heroes. The second film in Catholic Exchange’s Champions of FaithTM, The Bases of Life, stars Mike Piazza, Darrell Miller, Tom Glavine, Jeff Suppan and others, and uncovers in a striking way the true meaning of faith and God's message of love and forgiveness to mankind. series
This stunning presentation of major sports stars’ fidelity to prayer and the sacraments of the Church is like no other faith formation tool ever produced – including the first Champions of FaithTM film. “The Bases of Life is unique,” explained Tom Allen, the film’s producer/director. “We go inside the home and family lives of Mike Piazza and Darrell Miller. We go inside St. Andrew’s and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City – even into the crypt where Archbishop Sheen and Cardinal Cooke are buried! We were given amazing access for this project and the result is a uniquely powerful film about how to live a truly Catholic life.”
In an age in which many sports heroes have fallen into disgrace, Champions of Faith: The Bases of Life brings the “other side” of sports to life by showcasing star players who are devoted to faith and family, Word and Sacrament. Aimed primarily at men and boys who hold these sports heroes in high esteem, the film takes a unique approach to highlighting the power and meaning of prayer, Reconciliation and the Eucharist, displaying the power of God in a way that people can understand and enjoy.
“As a faith-formation tool, there’s nothing like The Bases of Life,” explained Lisa Wheeler of The Maximus Group, the exclusive promoter of both Champions of FaithTM films. “This film answers the prayers of women who are eager to strengthen their husbands and sons in the faith. The effect it has on people is profound.”
NOW IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO GET THIS POWERFUL NEW FILM, WHICH IS ALREADY BEING HAILED AS ANOTHER FAITH CLASSIC. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY IN TIME FOR THE 2008 MLB SEASON. TO PLACE AN ORDER BY PHONE, CALL 1-877-263-1263.
For those who loved Catholic Exchange’s first film, Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition, "The Bases of Life" is a perfect companion to help you go deeper in faith with your favorite Major League baseball stars. The solidly Catholic and uniquely entertaining message can also be shared with friends and neighbors. To preview The Bases of Life, click here.
Next up for Catholic Exchange is Champions of Faith: Football Edition, which will explore the Catholic faith on the Gridiron both at the NFL and major college level. With commitments from world class players, coaches and financiers largely in place, Catholic Exchange's Champions of Faith: Football promises to further establish the Champions of FaithTM brand as by far-and-away the standard in Catholic filmed entertainment.
About Catholic Exchange
Catholic Exchange (CE) is a non-profit media organization that seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church to the world through the modern tools of mass communication. Inspired by Pope John Paul II's call for a "New Evangelization" and in faithfulness to Pope Benedict XVI, CE strives to "put out into the deep" a first-rate response to the need for greater catechesis and revival of the lay faithful. Since its founding in 2001 by an independent group of laypeople, Catholic Exchange has provided an impressive menu of programs and services to the Church faithful, including production of the groundbreaking and award-winning Champions of Faith: Baseball, distribution financing for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, authorship of the million-selling A Guide to the Passion and the bestselling A Guide to Narnia and DaVinci Deception, and the launch of Relevant Radio’s Morning Air with Jeff Cavins. For more information please visit www.catholicexchange.com.
About The Maximus Group
The Atlanta-based Maximus Group, which spearheaded the Catholic grassroots marketing campaigns for Catholic Exchange’s Champions of Faith: Baseball, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Disney/Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia, was instrumental in turning the historic election and installment of Pope Benedict XVI into a spectacular media event that honored and promoted the Catholic Church in an unprecedented way. It is the leading company in Catholic PR and marketing. For more information please visit www.maximusmg.com.
More on the Champions of FaithTM Series
Champions of FaithTM has already received THREE MAJOR AWARDS since its release in the Spring: the 2007 CIMA Award (Catholic in Media Associates) for “Best Documentary,” and 2007 Unity Awards (Catholic Music & Video Association) for “Best Producer” and “Best Movie Presentation for Catholic Evangelization.”
And not to mention the endorsements:
Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia: “This entertaining and moving film breaks new ground in giving cultural icons an opportunity to be part of a high quality film and at the same time to speak lovingly of Jesus Christ and how their spiritual lives have enriched their professional careers. This is a prime example of what the Church needs to be doing to reach people where they are. It is a beautiful expression of evangelization through media.”
Cardinal Edward Egan of New York: “This film is a powerful instrument of evangelization, and it is my hope that it will reach many people with its inspiring message.”
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver: “ 'Champions of Faith' is entertaining, inspiring and a wonderful means of evangelizing. It presents a powerful counterpoint to the inappropriate actions, behaviors, and values often conveyed by professional athletes today. By hearing these stories, told in great action shots and quiet moments of reflection, positive Catholic role models are put before us.”
Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix: “I thought 'Champions of Faith' was terrific. The witness to Christ of these baseball stars and their unapologetic love of the Catholic Church was truly inspiring. I hope many of our youth will get to see this wonderful film.”
Bishop Ignatius Catanello of Brooklyn: " 'Champions of Faith' is a nine-inning faith classic!”
William A. Donohue, Ph.D., President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights : “There has never been anything quite like 'Champions of Faith'. It is as inspiring as it is professionally crafted. Guaranteed to touch all Catholics."
Jesse Romero, Catholic Lay Evangelist, Former USA Middleweight Kickboxing Champion “This movie is going to be a useful evangelization tool for many years to come especially for young people. The movie was saturated with the splendor.”
Fr. Scott Reilly, Territorial Director for the Legionaries of Christ " 'Champions of Faith' is an exciting and inspiring production. These are real men talking about real faith – a wonderful example for all of us. This is a great way to spread the word of God and show the impact of Christ in our world."
Father Deo Rosales, priest of Opus Dei and a chaplain at Schuyler Hall Residence in New York : " 'Champions of Faith' is a valuable tool for communicating the Catholic faith in an engaging way, through moving personal accounts of players and managers in Major League Baseball. A real home run! "