“There is no movement of Catholics using the medium of cinema to do what Flannery O’Connor did with the short story or what Walker Percy did with the novel,” she said. “And when we do make a movie, we don’t use the medium anywhere near how it should be used.” Barbara Nicolosi
What does Nicolosi mean here by no movement? What is she doing then with ActOne? If she said there is no legal corporation doing what O’Connor or Percy did I would agree. At least nothing immediately comes to mind. However, what the heck is this whole enterprise over here about? Is Korrektiv not a movement?
Yes, in my opinion, it is. This comes to the point of why I agreed to guest blog in the first place. With my schedule it is very difficult, but I want to discuss how hopeful I am for the future. My guest blogging time grows short, but within that time I hope to inspire you all to keep struggling and resisting despite the difficulties of getting your works viewed and appreciated. What attracted me to this site a few years ago was the tag line “bad Catholics, blogging at a time near the end of the world.” I am still not sure what “bad Catholics” means, but I am certain that we are blogging at a time near the end of the world. I am uniquely privileged to see the implosion of our civilization in a microcosm, and simply am able to extrapolate to the broader impacts. I’ve seen the future and it is bleak, boring, and a cage. It is a virtual gulag with comfortable quarters and three squares a day. Hence the earlier Tolkien post, and another planned before I run out of time.
What Korrektiv is doing is providing a community of thought that will sustain Christian civilization as the materialism that “leaders” embraced, continues to occupy and expand into territory that Christians have ceded. Korrektiv is a movement, and even some members have used their skill to do what O’Connor and Percy did with their skills in their time. Some members have written scripts, and have attempted to engage the culture through their works. That is just film, but what about other projects? There is poetry and stories, and I am sure a few of you have some visual art up your sleeve–crafts too.
I liked the OSV article and largely agree with Nicolosi’s comments. However, this type of story grows old and tiresome. What is to be done? As the blog prophet I feel obligated to warn you of the approaching doom. Maybe that is a strong assertion. People enjoy the prophet in film and stories because they see that the prophet is correct fifteen minutes later during the big reveal. In real life, not so much. It’s hard to believe that the world is crumbling down when it crumbles so slowly and with little discernment, especially if one lives on clean streets and has penicillin. But it has been crumbling for decades even a century or two if one cares to look. The shadow has fallen. Tell me I am wrong. Engage me. Argue with me. Please! Prove to me that the materialism we have chosen will not run it course to the bitter end.
But I do know there is hope, and it is in the arts. I am convinced of it. I am convinced that “Beauty will save the world.” Indeed. I am committed to that idea, and know it is true. I live my life within a great Beauty, but I fail more often than not to convey it to all of you. As long as you keep working there is a movement to resist the shadow, and from your work you give hope to others to resist it too. Never give up or get discouraged, no matter how many times you are rejected. If you are a Christian artist the whole world is depending on you right now, so hope, I do, and become all flame.
(Disclaimer: I had no idea what JOB posted nor did we communicate before hand. Just saw it now myself.)