The Greatest Miracle in 3D


Tis the season for miracles, and on December 9th, The Greatest Miracle will begin appearing in theaters across 50 US cities.

Originally released in Mexico on October 14th, The Greatest Miracle is Mexico’s first 3D animated feature film. Directed by Bruce Morris (Disney’s Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and Hercules) with the musical score composed by Mark McKenzie (Spiderman and Ice Age: The Meltdown), The Greatest Miracle has received praise from audiences and critics alike, becoming the second highest per screen average during its opening weekend.

The film’s score has received much praise.  Jonathan Broxton of Movie Music UK (http://moviemusicuk.us/) said, “McKenzie writes some of the most beautiful, lyrical and emotionally resonant music ever written for film.  Film scores like this don’t come along too often – music so passionate, so moving and so heart-warming. ” The film’s score won the Hollywood Music in Media Awards’ “Best Indie Score” award for 2011 last month.

The Greatest Miracle portrays the story of three strangers at Catholic Mass one morning.  Monica is a widowed mother, struggling to sustain her home and raise her son, Diego.  Don Chema is a bus driver who is dealing with his child’s incurable illness.  Dona Cata is an elderly woman who seeks peace.  Though these three individuals are facing different situations, they each meet their guardian angel and are given the gift to see the world through spiritual eyes and take full account of their blessings.

Producer Pablo Barroso said, “I am very proud of our team’s effort and the industry recognition our film has received so far.  We did not skimp on putting the best ingredients into the making of The Greatest Miracle.  Audiences in Mexico were inspired to consider their lives from a spiritual perspective.  We hope people in the United States will react similarly, especially since we’re entreating the holiday season.”

You can find a complete list of showings here. The Greatest Miracle Will be appearing in Brentwood, Chula Vista, Fresno, Los Angeles, Manteca, Porterville, Riverbank, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Tulare in California.

Take a look at the trailer below, and be sure to LIKE the Facebook Fan Page  and follow the film’s Twitter.   You can also obtain stills of the film and download the trailer at http://catholicmassmovie.com/press/.

David Siqueiros: The Political Artist


Influence on David Alfaro Siqueiros’ career began in his early years. Born in 1896 he lived in Chihuahua, Mexico with his family.  In 1907 his family moved to Mexico City where he was exposed to political ideas that framed the person he was to become.  At the age of eighteen while attending the School of Fine Arts, Siqueiros joined Veustiano Carranza’s Constitutional Army to fight the Huerta Government.  The Huerta Government began in 1913 when Victoriano Huerta became president of Mexico.  Many Hispanics saw Huerta as someone in violation of the Constitution of Mexico though, and in March of 1913 politician Venustiano Carranza called for a declaration of war between himself and Huerta’s party.  Even though Huerta was defeated in 1914, Siqueiros was part of the Constitutional Army when they fought against Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata for political control of Mexico. The good part about traveling with the army is that he was able to see different parts of the country and various parts of culture he wouldn’t have seen before.

In 1919, Siqueiros traveled to France and picked up other forms of art, meeting influential figures such as Paul Cezanne and Diego Rivera. Three years later in 1922 Siqueiros returned to Mexico City and began to paint again as a muralist for Alvaro Obregón’s revolutionary government. He also joined the mission José Vasconcelos, Secretary of Public Education, to educate the masses through public art.  Siqueiros came to the conclusion that the art wasn’t nearly as prominent as it could be, so in 1923 he went on to help found the Syndicare of Revolutionary Mexican Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. Also 1923 brought Mexico Burial of a Worker, which still remains as a famous mural today.  The Syndicate of Revolutionary Mexican Painters, Sculptors and Engravers also played a hand in publishing a union paper, El Machete. While El Machete spread the word about the problems Mexican artists faced about widespread public access, it also brought on its on problems among the members of the union, ending with Siqueiros being let go from his post under the Department of Education and being jailed and exiled in the early 1930s.

The 1930s is when Siqueiros’ career really launched. He produced a series of political-themed lithographs, one of which was shown at the 1930 exhibition entitled Rectifications on Mexican Muralism at the Delphic Studios in New York City. Check out the picture below.

"Head" by David Siqueiros

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