The Catholic Alliance for Film Arts, an association of Catholic organizations dedicated to promoting outstanding filmmaking, announces its first major collaboration, Five by Flannery, a movie based on the writings of Flannery O’Connor that will be produced by Good Country Pictures.

“‘Grotesque’ is an adjective one often hears applied to Flannery’s writings — from both admirers and critics,” said Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder and editor of Ignatius Press. “But what the critics often miss is the luminosity of grace that is ever present. She shows man (us) in our fallen state — no cosmetics applied — and thus our need of Redemption. But she writes as one who knows the victory has been won. And, oh, can she write! Imagine her words transformed into film.”

Five by Flannery will be an anthology feature film based on five of O’Connor’s most beloved short stories, including “Revelation” and “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” The film has been conceived by Good Country Pictures and will be supported both financially and promotionally through Catholic Alliance for Film Arts in the vein of Academy Award-nominated feature films, such as Short Cuts by Robert Altman (based on short stories of Raymond Carver) and the recent Coen Brothers film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (nominated for a 2019 Oscar for best adapted screenplay).

“Movies are costly to produce, edit and create,” said Mark Brumley, president and CEO of Ignatius Press. “And movies made with this type of cinematic excellence will require serious financial commitment. Therefore, we are inviting those in our faith community who also want to be part of a movement to transform culture through the arts to help us fund Five by Flannery. This film will highlight many relevant themes in our world today, where Flannery O’Connor wrote ahead of her time, such as race and equality, judgment and forgiveness, and justice and mercy.”

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The above comes from a June 12 press release from Christian Newswire.