CIMA honors ‘Monuments Men,’ ‘Cesar’s Last Fast,’ CBS

George Clooney and Matt Damon star in “The Monuments Men,” which will receive a 2014 Catholics in Media Associates Award June 1. — Credit: COLUMBIA/20TH CENTURY FOX

The feature film “The Monuments Men,” the feature documentary “Cesar’s Last Fast” and the television news program “CBS News Sunday Morning” are recipients of the 2014 Catholics in Media Associates Awards.

They will be honored at CIMA’s 21st anniversary Mass and awards ceremony on June 1 at the Bel-Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades. Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of “Tattoos on The Heart,” will preside at the 10 a.m. Mass followed by brunch and awards.

CIMA board president Nancy Norton Bevins lauded each of the recipients “for their compelling storytelling, uplifting message and their commitment to finding God’s message of truth and light in stories both large and small.”

The 2014 CIMA Motion Picture Award will be presented to “The Monuments Men,” produced, directed, co-written and starring George Clooney, based on a book by Robert M. Edsel with Brett Witter. The true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, “The Monuments Men” focuses on a team of art historians, curators and museum directors tasked with rescuing some of the world’s greatest artistic achievements from Nazi Germany and returning them to their rightful owners.

“Cesar’s Last Fast,” the CIMA Board of Directors Award recipient, profiles how in 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life: a 36-day, water-only “Fast for Life” hunger strike to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families and the community. Utilizing never-before-seen footage, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision and legacy.

The CIMA TV Award recipient, “CBS News Sunday Morning,” celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2014. First aired in 1979 and now hosted by Charles Osgood, the weekly program has been praised for its in-depth coverage of stories and topics and its uplifting point of view.

Catholics in Media Associates was founded in 1992 by former Directors Guild of America president Jack Shea and his wife, veteran television screenwriter Patt Shea, and other prominent Catholic working professionals in the Hollywood entertainment industry. The CIMA Awards, first presented in 1993, “promote and applaud individuals, films and TV programs that uplift the spirit and help us better understand what it is to be part of the human family.” 

Information: or (818) 907-2734.


Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 4, 2015

  • Sunday, October 4

    Gerard Thomas Straub Book Signing, 9 a.m.- 1p.m., Holy Family Bookstore, 1519 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Straub will discuss his newly re-released book, “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi.” (626) 403-6133.

    St. Kateri Mass, 11 a.m., St. Marcellinus Church, 2349 Strong Ave., Commerce. Everyone is welcome to honor and follow in the footsteps of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Potluck and raffle immediately following – bring a favorite dish to share!

    Faith Support on Our Cancer Journey, 2-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. This afternoon of reflection will explore ways for those struggling with cancer can nurture their spirits and seek divine guidance and support. $25 ($20 if paid in full by September 25). (310) 377-4867.

    “Come and See” Vocation Event, 2-7 p.m., Heart of Jesus Retreat Center, 2927 S Greenville St., Santa Ana. Single women of high school and college age are invited by Sacred Heart Sisters to learn more about religious life. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 3 at (714) 557-4583 or 

    Once Upon a Time: Stories to Awaken the Mysteries of the Heart, 3-5 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $25. (310) 377-4867.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965.

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