We had a wonderful D.C. area premiere Friday, April 11, 2014 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. We set a record for the largest Band of Sisters audience ever (425 people!) thanks to the help of many groups and friends including the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, NETWORK, WATER, Women's Ordination Conference, Pax Christi, ND Women Connect, Solidarity With Sisters, and LCWR.
Many thanks to the AFI for showing the film. We will be back for an encore on November 9th, 2014!
Library Journal reviews Band of Sisters: "Fishman and those she speaks with here show that giving up the habit did not mean that the sisters gave up their commitment to the work of the church." The reviewer's verdict: "A poetic tribute to the work of women religious who have made a transition to the contemporary world without losing their vision."
Reviewed by Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ, in the April 1, 2014 issue, p. 62.
"MARY FISHMAN AND HER BAND OF SISTERS"
The behind the scenes story of the making of the film.
St. Anthony Messenger is America's best-selling Catholic magazine, published each month by the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit the website at: www.StAnthonyMessenger.org
PDF of the article provided below, courtesy of St. Anthony Messenger.
"Fishman’s debut film Band of Sisters is a thought-provoking, intimate look at the lives of contemporary American nuns.
The Barnstable Patriot of Cape Cod speaks with Theresa Kane, RSM about sisters since Vatican II, and the prospect of change in the church. Theresa will be leading a Q&A with Sister Shirley Agnew, RSM after the screening of Band of Sisters at the Cape Cinema March 20 at 7PM in Dennis, MA. http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task...
"On the Front Lines in the Fight for Social Justice," February 2014, Northern Illinois edition, story written by Virginia Mullery. Senior Connection is circulated throughout the Chicago, Joliet and Rockford Dioceses.
The first ever National Catholic Sisters Week will be celebrated this March as part of Women's History Month. St. Catherine University, home of the National Catholic Sisters Initiative, is organizing the celebration, which is intended to "shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters." National Catholic Sisters Week is an opportunity for parishes, schools, and other Catholic institutions to plan events big and small. Join in!