….When I saw the documentary My Father’s Father, which Dan Johnson directed and co-produced along with the program’s host Father Dave Pivonka, I knew I wanted to know more about him and his company [Wild Goose TV/4PM Media]. Unlike MGM, where if I wanted to interview the guy at the security gate, I’d have to find an inside connection, Dan was just an email introduction away.

My first impression of Dan during the Zoom meeting that followed was that if you saw him on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, you would surmise he was the second assistant electrician in charge of changing light bulbs. That is a compliment, by the way.

Currently, the productions — streamed for free on Wild Goose TV — are aimed at a Catholic audience. This is not “preaching to the choir.” With polls showing so many self-identified Catholics with little or no understanding of the Real Presence, marketing the content of 4PM Media/10th Hour Productions to parishes across the nation makes sense.

Other films — like a documentary on Venerable Jerome Lejeune, the scientist who identified the chromosome responsible for Down syndrome and then spent the rest of his life defending life — will find a voice. Dan’s plan for the company is to create more documentary-style content and segue into narrative storytelling.

The better news is there are Dan Johnsons all over the country — men and women in film schools, studying media in places like John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, where future filmmakers will come and make their mark.

The challenge is daunting, and the overwhelming power and wealth of the vast majority of movie-making machinery worldwide is not friendly to faith-based values. The odds are long, but the faith is mighty.

Dan Johnson has something going for himself and his fledgling film company that all the executives who ever sat in the MGM boardroom likely never had. Those men only had the bottom line and their ability to manipulate and control all the forces of the industry at their disposal. Dan Johnson has the Holy Spirit to guide him. 4PM Media has no majestic carnivore for their company mascot, but they do have a motto. In Latin it sounds profound: Occursus Exsuscito Inspirare. It’s not so bad in English either: “Encounter Awaken Inspire.”

From Angelus News