Worth Watching in October 2011

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By Peggy Weber

Television, Radio and Multimedia

Hallmark Movie Channel will air FINDING A FAMILY, based on the true story of Alex Chivescu, a foster child who searches for a new mom and dad. (Oct. 15)


Also on Hallmark, LOVE’S EVERLASTING COURAGE, the second prequel inspired by Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly books, follows Clark Davis as he struggles to maintain his land and support his family during a long drought. (Oct. 1)


PBS’ ARTS FALL FESTIVAL will run Friday nights until December, starting with Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE, a production of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater and Twin Cities Public Television. Eight other shows will follow. (Oct. 14)


PBS online offers independent films, including “The Calling,” a documentary that focuses on seven students — Muslim, Catholic, Evangelical, Christian, and Jewish — and their dramatic journeys to become the next generation of clergy. View at livestream.com/independentlens.


Rediscover your family room and watch TV with the kids on FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT on Saturdays on NBC, featuring family friendly movies (and commercials). Watch trailers and see the lineup at familymovienight.com.



THE WAY, starring Martin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez, tells the story of Tom (Sheen), an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Tom decides to walk the route, where he meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives. (Oct. 7)


THE MIGHTY MACS is based on the true story of the 1971-1972 Immaculata College team that became a Cinderella story in women’s basketball. (Oct. 21)



Father Robert Barron, of Word on Fire Ministry, traveled to 50 locations in 15 countries to showcase the richness of the Catholic faith in the 10-disc DVD set CATHOLICISM. Visit wordonfire.org.


SAVING WINSTON is a heartfelt story about a troubled teen (Victoria Emmons) who is forced to leave a self-destructive lifestyle, but discovers an abandoned horse along her journey to redemption. (Oct. 4)




CHIARA BADANO: A TEEN’S LIFE AND BEATIFICATION tells the story of Blessed Chiara Luce Badano from her childhood in Italy in the 1970s to her beatification in 2010. To order call 800-462-5980.


The award-winning AMERICAN BULLY addresses the topic of hate crimes and bullying when a teen and his friends become involved in a hate crime that shocks the nation and sends a small town reeling. Watch the trailer at americanbullythefilm.com/story.


LAUREL AND HARDY: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION is a 10-disc, remastered, and digitally restored DVD set containing 58 of the duo’s talking shorts and feature films from 1929 to 1940, along with two hours of special features. (Oct. 25)



Peggy Weber

Peggy Weber holds a B.A. in English from Providence College and an M.A. in journalism from Marquette University. She is a reporter, producer, and social media editor for Catholic Communications for the Diocese of Springfield.