Anthimos Ananiadis is talking about his plans, about bringing his experience from the American movie factory in Greece and creating a new movie with spiritual characteristics about a Greek orthodox hero. In his job he is realising the presence of God who is not leave Greece go further down in the crisis of the modern time. In the second part of his interview in Pemptousia Anthimos Ananiadis talks about the great worth of Orthodox Faith for every Greek’s soul and for every hum
Does the genre of horror complement the physical and spiritual parameters of our current existence? It’s that time of year again when otherworldly creatures roam the streets. Ghostly figures, warty faces, the walking dead – no, not NBN salespeople, but greedy children trick-or-treating. Another tradition is television networks filling their programming with horror films ranging from friendly-witches for kids to chainsaw-wielding psychos for mum. But, before we reach for the p
Five-time Emmy winner and convert to Orthodoxy, Jonathan Jackson, offered one of his Emmies to the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. It had always been a long-held dream of Jonathan Jackson to visit the Holy Mountain ever since his conversion in 2012. Jackson has always been overwhelmed and inspired by the lives, struggles and sacrifices of the Athonite monks. Who could forget his famous Emmy acceptance speech where he made the sign of the Cross and thanked the Holy Trinity and mon
Stephen Robinson and his brother, Andrew, are a filmmaker-duo that experiment with films across all genres. In Skype interview I talked with the brothers about their passion for film and the influence of their Faith in the medium. What drew you to film making?
S: I think the love of films, and the ability to tell great stories through them. And the feeling that there are a lot of stories that need to be told.
A: Initially it was just the enjoyment of being able to make some
When you visit my website many of you will read my profile because I am a stranger. You have no idea who I am or my agenda. You want insight into what kind of person I am and what I think. I can assure you whatever I post, it’s done in complete honesty and openness. I’m fully accountable for what I post and its effect on both you and the world. Understanding someone’s character is vitally important. In life you’ll have to rely on people: family, friends and strangers. Sometim
Ostrov: The Island tells the story of a holy fool-for-Christ and his path to salvation. When one thinks of Orthodox pop-culture, the great Russian writers Dostoevsky and The Way of a Pilgrim from the 1800s come to mind. During the 20th century, the films of Tarkovsky were seen as the greatest examples of expressing Orthodoxy through moving images. However, at the dawn of the 21st century we have been blessed with what I regard as the benchmark for Orthodox filmmaking, the Rus
At a busy youth fellowship the local priest screened from his iphone a short YouTube clip from the recent 2012 Emmy Awards. Projected onto the big screen was the acceptance speech of an actor who none of us knew. He did not go with the usual run-of-the-mill speech of thanking all his producers, family and viewers, but he had something more to say. Jonathan Jackson, standing before a full auditorium and broadcasted worldwide, made the sign of the Cross and professed his Orthod
If Scarface has anything to offer it is excessive violence, full-on drug use and a record score-card of using the ‘f-word’ 226 times – but does this cult-classic maybe offer something a little more? Was Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) really the “very bad man”? Set in early 1980s, Montana is a determined man to make it big. Upon reaching America his philosophical view is: ‘you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the
It is difficult to know to what extent we should refuse or accept to be a part of a project – that is, will this project create conflict in my relationship with God? If we have a concern we must first speak with our spiritual father or local priest for instruction. However, I also want to tell you a powerful and inspirational story told to me by my spiritual father of the Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier.
Even before becoming one of the most respected actors of our time M