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Real Life Inspiration Continues with Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

Major box office hits are ripe for sequels, but no one expected another installment of Dolphin Tale. The story had centered on the real life rescue and recovery of the baby dolphin Winter who lost her tail. It became bigger than a mere animal adventure when the development of a prosthetic tail brought about the invention of Winter’s gel which […]

Behind the Scenes of the New Movie, Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2

Dreams don’t come with sequels and neither do movies based on true stories, but never say never. The true rescue of the dolphin Winter was a dream come true for Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMN) in Florida when the story became a wildly successful movie. It turned around the financially strapped aquarium—from 78,000 visitors a year to 750,000—while touching the hearts […]

The Identical

How many know that Elvis Presley had an identical twin Jesse who died shortly after childbirth? Can you imagine if he had lived? But how would two men with the same legendary talent fit into the music world where only one man could be the King of Pop? In the movie The Identical, we imagine. This fictional “what if” story has changed […]

Forgiveness is Freedom: An Interview with Kinyarwanda Director Alrick Brown

Most Americans are familiar with the Holocaust and the horrible atrocities we associate with that genocide, but few can give details about the brief, but massive, genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 when over 800,000 people were murdered in just 100 days. During the genocide, the lower-class Hutus brutally hunted down their hated enemies, the upper-class Tutsis whom they […]

Dolphin Tale’s Positive Portrayal of Homeschoolers

As a freelance writer who reviews family movies, I often have the opportunity to attend screenings in advance of a movie’s release.  Several weeks ago, I received a press kit for the film Dolphin Tale.  It included a book about the movie and a stuffed dolphin with a “prosthetic” tail, attached with velcro.  I gave them to my 12 year-old […]

An Interview with Catholic Hollywood Director Mike Disa

Mike Disa is the director of the upcoming movie Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil.  He was raised in a large, devout Irish Catholic family in Chicago.  Mike holds a record for the most consecutive Easter Masses served by an altar boy at St. Francis of Assisi parish where his uncle, Father Pete, served as pastor.  His mother jokes that he’s […]