Faith, Media & Culture

Faith, Media & Culture


Pope Benedict XVI praises upcoming Augustine biopic + “October Baby” moves into more theaters + Inspirational “Touchback” out this Friday

posted by John W. Kennedy

Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

1. A saint’s story headed for theaters. Filmed in Europe (in English),  Restless Heart: The Confessions of  Augustine , which tells the epic story of  the inspiring saint, is being prepped for a fall release. Says Pope Benedict XVI: “We hope that many who watch this inspiring human drama will allow themselves to be found by the Truth and in return also find Love.”

2. October Baby expands. 190 news theaters are set to begin showing the uplifting film about forgiveness and moving on. The film stars Rachel Hendrix as a young woman who, as an infant, survived an abortion and embarks on a quest to find her birth mother.  John Schneider and Jasmine Guy also star. The film opened in about 400 theaters last month and has performed strongly. Expansion cities include Boston, Buffalo, Des Moines, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Haven, Philadelphia, St. Louis and many others. Click here to see the complete list of expansion cities.

3. New in theaters this weekend: Touchback starring Kurt Russell, Brian Presley and Christine Lahti

Synopsis:  Touchback tells the story of Scott Murphy (Brian Presley), a former high school football star who sustained an injury that ended his promising career and eventually relegated him to the life of a struggling farmer and family man. Faced with a series of severe setbacks, Murphy has begun to rethink his life. But as he reaches a point of deep despair, he’s mystically transported back to his glory days. Given a second shot at destiny, he seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell) and a classmate named Macy (Melanie Lynskey), whom he had never noticed before. In the end, Murphy comes once again to a critical choice – a crossroads where he will have to choose what ultimately matters most in life.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11



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