Culture

New Role Models for Culture Change

Hollywood’s decision makers have widely eliminated Christian values from big-screen movies, while our hit TV shows have slumped from Ozzie & Harriet to Desperate Housewives. Producers pander to the basest impulses, the cheapest shots and the lowest common denominators. We all become desensitized, failing to recognize how Hollywood is eroding our value system by glorifying the profane and the promiscuous.

We Need to Think Big

To change the situation, we need to go toe-to-toe with the best of the best, producing films, documentaries and other entertainment that win both critical acclaim and inspire the hearts and minds of Americans. Schmaltzy soundtracks and heavy-handed religious dialogues won’t do, but rather exciting portrayals based on Catholic themes and values. Imagine Mary’s journey as a child and young woman before the birth of Christ, sharing a miracle with the three shepherd children at Fatima in 3D, or watching great scientists prove with Star Wars-like special effects that God created the universe. We can!

The opening words of the bestselling book of all time – the Bible – inspire our mission. In the beginning, the earth was surrounded by darkness, “then God said: ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” There is so much darkness in our culture today, and God is calling us to do creative work that humbly mimics his act of creation, shattering darkness with the light of Christ.

Our Culture-Changing Projects

  • The Genesis Initiative: A 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation whose purpose is to develop and support the production of great Catholic entertainment.
    >>> Learn more about The Genesis Initiative
  • Origin Entertainment: A Hollywood production company founded to produce a new brand of entertainment that unites mastery of craft with unparalleled depth.
    >>> Learn more about Origin Entertainment
    >>> Review Cosmic Origins, an Origin production recently released on DVD by Ignatius Press