Why Hollywood Matters
Twenty-first Century culture is experiencing an unprecedented crisis in storytelling. The Hollywood movie and New York publishing industries are basically out of ideas, and it is long past time for a new renaissance in the arts, media and storytelling to spring out of the Church. Do you have the talent to be a professional writer or movie producer or director? What does it take to launch and live out a career in this powerful and crucial realm? Screenwriter, movie blogger and college professor, Barbara Nicolosi founded Act One (www.actoneprogam.com) to help Christian young people make a serious and intelligent beginning in the world of mainstream movies and television. She now runs Catharsis (www.storycatharsis.com), which is a consulting service for anyone who has a great idea for a movie, but doesn’t know the next steps. Learn why Hollywood matters, and how you can make a difference in the culture for today and the future.
Originally from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Barbara Nicolosi is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of Act One, Inc., a nonprofit program to train and mentor Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Galileo Studio at Azusa Pacific University. Barbara is a member of the Writers Guild of America-West and has written several screenplays for various Hollywood production companies. Her most recent credit will be as a co-writer with Benedict Fitzgerald on the 2014 Lionsgate release, Mary, Mother of the Christ. She also just completed “For Sinners:” The Fatima Story for Origin Entertainment of Manhattan Beach, CA.
Barbara has a Masters in Film and Television from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Magdalen College in Warner, NH. She has done further studies in documentary production and animation at UCLA. She has been a script analyst, production company executive, and consultant on scores of entertainment projects including the television shows Joan of Arcadia (CBS), Saving Grace (TNT) and the feature film, The Passion of the Christ. Barbara was the Executive Producer of the hour-long, 3D documentary Cosmic Origins.
Barbara has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, a reader for the Humanitas Prize, a judge for the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival (the top student film competition in the world), and has appeared as a cultural commentator on ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR and in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Premiere magazine, among many others. She has produced several award-winning plays at the Actors Co-op Theater in Hollywood, and is currently completing her first play based on the life of the poet Emily Dickinson.
Barbara is an adjunct professor of cinema at Pepperdine University and Azusa Pacific University and is a guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Film Study Center, and the Catholic University of Milan. She won Catholic Press Awards in 2001 and 2002 for her contributions to various Catholic magazines, and is the co-editor with Spencer Lewerenz of the Baker Books 2006 release, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture.
A highly experienced public speaker on art, culture, media and spirituality, Barbara has delivered hundreds of addresses at universities, conferences and assemblies all over the world. Most notably, she was a featured speaker at a Vatican conference on media in 2001 and gave the keynote address at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars National Conference in 2002.
Barbara has received several awards for her work in media and culture. Most recently, she received the Gravitas Award for Cultural Impact from the Diocese of Trenton for her work in media in the spirit of Blessed Pope John Paul II.