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Faith & Family News: 'Father Stu' Hits Digital; A 'Farm' Comes to AppleTV+; 'ALIVE' Back in Theaters

,, | May 26, 2022 | By

In this month's roundup of faith & family entertainment news: Father Stu comes home; a Lovely Little Farm lands on AppleTV+; and ALIVE returns to theaters.

Father Stu Comes Home

On May 31, Father Stu, starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson in a fact-based tale of an unlikely conversion and priestly vocation, comes to digital on May 31 and DVD/Blu-Ray on June 14.

Wahlberg plays Stuart Long, a boxer and wannabe actor. After meeting a Catholic woman, he came into the Church. Then, after a serious motorcycle accident, he eventually changed course into a brief but deeply impactful priesthood.

Father Stu is available for pre-order. Click here to see where it can be purchased digitally and on DVD/Blu-Ray.


Visiting a Lovely Little Farm

Cinematographer Oona Menges is the creative force behind Lovely Little Farm, a live-action/animation hybrid series premiering June 10 on AppleTV+.

Menges partnered with BAFTA Award-winning creators Maddy Darrell, Billy Macqueen and Catherine Williams (Teletubbies, Topsy & Tim, Waffle the Wonder Dog), bringing her creative eye and her motherhood experience.

Describing the show as "an educational, heart-warming and highly enjoyable series for the whole family," AppleTV+ also says:

The series follows sisters Jill and Jacky, played by Levi Howden and Kassidi Roberts, as they adjust to sharing a bedroom together. The adorable siblings epitomize childhood as they explore, discover and bond with various farm animals who inhabit their family farm, learning much about the differences and surprising similarities between animals and each other. 

Menges’ work delivers the unbridled wonder and excitement Jill and Jacky experience as they interact with the adorable animals on their farm. Working with live animals, CGI animals and animatronics, Menges had her hands full when shooting Lovely Little Farm, expertly weaving together three unique mediums to craft a cohesive and family-friendly program.
Click here for the official website, and take a peek:
ALIVE Returns to the Big Screen

After a one-night run as a Fathom Event on April 25, Spanish documentary ALIVE: Who Is There? -- which shows how the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist changed lives -- returns to theaters for one more night, on June 21.

Coinciding with the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Fathom Events encore also comes at the same time that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops kicks off a three-year Eucharistic-revival initiative.

Click here to learn more about the film, and here to buy tickets.


Image:  Fathom Events ('ALIVE'),  Apple TV+ ('Lovely Little Farm'), Sony Pictures ('Father Stu')

Kate O’Hare, a longtime entertainment journalist, is Social Media Content Manager at Family Theater Productions.

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