(Los Angeles, CA, May 27, 2014) – Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) celebrates its 21st Anniversary in 2014 with a mass and film and television awards ceremony on Sunday, June 1 which will honor the film “The Monuments Men,” the feature documentary “Cesar’s Last Fast,” the television news program “CBS News Sunday Morning” and long-time CIMA publicist Frank Tobin CIMA Board President Nancy Norton Bevins lauds the 2014 CIMA Award recipients “For their compelling storytelling, uplifting message and their commitment to finding God’s message of truth and light in stories both large and small.” The 2014 CIMA Awards at the Bel-Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades, CA, begins with a 10:00 AM open-air mass before moving inside for a brunch buffet and the awards ceremony. Bevins is executive producer, Patrick Cardamone is producer and Patrick MacKellan is associate producer of the 2014 CIMA Awards ceremony. Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of “Tattoos on The Heart,” will be the mass presider. Michael Harney (“True Detective,” “Weeds” and “Orange is the New Black”) is Master of Ceremonies. 2014 CIMA Awards Honorary Chairman is Frank Tobin.
The 2014 CIMA Board of Directors Award will be presented to “Cesar’s Last Fast.” In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life: a 36-day, water-only “Fast for Life” hunger strike to draw attention to the horrific effects on farm workers, their families and the community of unfettered pesticide use. Utilizing never-before-seen footage, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez’s life, vision and legacy. “Cesar’s Last Fast” was produced by Monkey Mind Media with Richard Ray Perez and Lyn Lear as executive producers. Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul F. Chavez will make the 2014 CIMA Award presentation to Producer/Director Richard Ray Perez.
The 2014 CIMA Motion Picture Award will be presented to the Columbia Pictures-Twentieth Century Fox feature film “The Monuments Men,” a Smokehouse Production produced, directed, co-written and starring George Clooney based on a book by Robert M. Edsel with Brett Witter. The true story of one of the greatest treasure hunts in history, “The Monuments Men” focuses on a team of art historians, curators and museum directors tasked with rescuing some of the world’s greatest artistic achievements from Nazi Germany and returning them to their rightful owners. Barbara Hall is executive producer. Donald S. Burris, LLP, a successful international litigator of artwork looted by the Nazi Regime, will make the 2014 CIMA Award presentation.
A 2014 CIMA Honorary Award will be presented to Publicist Frank Tobin in honor of his 20 years of service to CIMA, ten years as a founding board member, and 20 years as the event publicist. Melody Thomas Scott of “The Young and the Restless” will make the presentation
The 2014 CIMA+ TV Award will be presented to “CBS News Sunday Morning,” the news magazine program which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2014. First aired in 1979, the weekly program has been praised for its in-depth coverage of stories and topics and its uplifting point of view. CBS News West Coast Bureau Chief Eleanore Vega will accept the 2014 CIMA Award presented by Louis Perez, general manager of Homeboy Industries Bakery, the subject of a recent “CBS News Sunday Morning” feature.
Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) was founded in 1992 by former 2-term DGA President Jack Shea and his wife, veteran television screenwriter Patt Shea and other prominent Catholic working professionals in the Hollywood entertainment industry. The CIMA Awards, first presented in 1993, “promote and applaud individuals, films and TV programs that uplift the spirit and help us better understand what it is to be part of the human family.” For 2014 CIMA Award tickets, sponsorship and program advertising visit www.catholicsinmedia.org or call 818.907.2734.