October 30, 2012
BISMARCK, ND - If you've seen a credible Christian film over the past decade or so, this year's University of Mary Prayer Day speaker has probably lent her expertise in some form or fashion. With her extensive background in film and television, writing and Catholicism, Barbara Nicolosi has a strong hand, a creative eye and accurate mind when it comes to religion in the media.
Nicolosi will be the featured guest speaker at University of Mary's annual Prayer Day Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in the McDowell Activity Center (MAC), at 11 a.m. University of Mary students are admitted free to Thursday's event. Others may register on-site at the McDowell Activity Center, beginning at 10 a.m. However, advanced online registration is strongly recommended at (http://www.umary.edu/prayerday). The fee for the entire day (including lunch) is $10. You may pay at the registration table on Prayer Day. To learn more, contact Kristi Wanner at (701) 355-8102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch at noon will be followed by workshops at 1 p.m. and a Eucharistic liturgy celebrated by Bishop David Kagan at 2:15 p.m.
Nicolosi has worked as a script consultant for scores of Hollywood feature and television projects such as "Saving Grace" and "Joan of Arcadia" and films such as "The Passion of the Christ" and "That Evening Sun." Her most recent credit is as co-writer with Benedict Fitzgerald on the 2013 Lionsgate release, "Mary, Mother of the Christ."
Nicolosi has also served as executive director of the new Galileo Studio at Azusa Pacific University and founder and chair emeritus of Act One. Inc., a nonprofit program to train and mentor Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives. Nicolosi's many credentials also include membership in the Writers Guild of America-West, and writing screenplays for Hollywood production companies.
Most notably as a public speaker, Nicolosi was a featured presenter at a Vatican conference on media in 2001 and gave the keynote address at the fellowship of Catholic Scholars National Conference in 2002.
Nicolosi has received several awards for her work in media and culture. In 2004, the Legatus International Association selected her as the Lay Apostle of the Year. She won the 2006 Spirit Award from the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival. 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 the Second.