In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts

An inside take on the intersection of film and faith Tinseltown is tarnished Hollywood while embracing creativity seems to be shutting out morality and community Can those with a Christian perspective find anything of value in such an environment or contribute anything worthwhile to it Eying the landscape from an insider s perspective Ron Austin answers a firm yes Austin s In a New Light unpacks the spiritual principles underlying the art of film including a historical survey of how cinematic art was shaped by the crisis of modernity A veteran of the industry having worked nearly half a century in its environs Austin goes a step beyond the now popular course of critiquing current films from a Christian world view espousing that the key to confronting evil in the media arts lies in the Christian attitude toward suffering Based on several years of Austin s film making courses In a New Light explores a spiritual foundation for creative film work and seeks ways to find common ground on which to build creative relationships Austin s inside look will prove fascinating not only to students and practitioners of the media arts but to anyone interested in this aspect of popular culture Includes b w film stills

Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico

Ron Austin first wandered purposefully into Mexico more than fifty years ago when he produced a documentary on Mexican history for American television Over the next decades as his acquaintance with Mexico deepened so too did his appreciation for the rich and contradictory impulses of Mexican culture and for the beauty of its people and their expressions of faith br br At once guidebook history memoir and tribute Austin s Peregrino engagingly explores the spiritual and cultural heart of Catholic Mexico Though once merely a tourist peering in a stranger to this distinctive faith and culture Austin now a devout Catholic and part year resident of Mexico writes with respect affection and deep understanding as he invites fellow pilgrims peregrinos to regard both Mexico and their own cultures of faith in a new light

Star-Crossed: A Hollywood Love Story in Three Acts

In this book Ron Austin recounts the three acts of his remarkable life Act I finds him in Hollywood in love with his young wife and with show business As he becomes a successful screenwriter and TV producer he works with a galaxy of stars from Charlie Chaplin to the cast of i Charlie s Angels i br br In Act II Austin grapples with the ups and downs of his career and sets out on a new spiritual path at the age of fifty with the support of his Jewish wife he converts from atheism to the Catholic faith In Act III he explores his deepest concern how Jews and Catholics can find common ground br br i Star Crossed i offers a candid compelling look at Austin s wide ranging life journey as rich with stories about Hollywood s golden past as it is with ideas about how Christians and Jews can build an enduring relationship in the future

Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture

When it comes to Hollywood Christians too quickly wash their hands of popular culture and leave this immensely influential media to unbelievers In truth the industry is listening This book offers a glimpse of Hollywood insiders who through their jobs on movie sets behind TV shows and in radio broadcasts work together to give glory to God

Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural

Things in Heaven and Earth Exploring the Supernatural investigates the mystery at the heart of spirituality those divine interventions that indicate God s love and care the supernatural Acclaimed authors share their experiences in their reflections