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Scanning The Movies Celebrates a Decade on Bravo!


September 6, 2006

World Television Premiere – September 29 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

“Pungente never critiques the film, but concentrates on informing the audience and giving them the tools to analyze and understand the film themselves.” –The Globe & Mail

Celebrating its 10th anniversary of entertaining and enlightening audiences, Scanning the Movies, produced by CLARE Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment Canada and Bravo!, tackles The Journals of Knud Rasmussen airing on Bravo! September 29 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

Scanning the Movies is an award-winning education series showcasing the art and craft of filmmaking. Each 30-minute episode dissects and analyzes a contemporary theatrical release and encourages viewers to see how the film impacts their lives. Internationally acclaimed media education expert, writer and teacher John Pungente, S.J. is both creator and host of this thought-provoking series. Through his dissection of the film and interviews with key cast and creative team members, Pungente challenges the audience to watch carefully and think critically, while enjoying the movie. Over the years Pungente has had many of what he calls “wow” moments as actors passionately respond to his out of the ordinary questions.

“There have been good interviews and there have been great interviews. I still remember listening in awe as James Cromwell professionally, intelligently and succinctly (in four minutes) explained how he prepared for his role in The Green Mile,” says Pungente. “In this, the 10th season of Scanning the Movies, I want to keep opening doors that will allow people to gain so much more out of the wonderful experience that is watching a movie.”

The first episode of season 10 features an in-depth look at The Journals of Knud Rasmussen. From Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk, the directing team behind Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, comes a tale based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen about the last great Inuit shaman and his headstrong daughter. Featuring footage from the film’s premiere at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, Scanning the Movies: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen continues the tradition of in-depth movie synthesis characteristically expected from Pungente.

Bravo!, a division of CHUM Television, is a rest stop in the television universe where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts ( A proud supporter of the Canadian independent production community, Bravo! funds approximately 100 hours of independently produced documentaries and performing arts specials a year. Bravo! has been a major contributor to such productions as Godiva’s, Detective Murdoch Mysteries and Gemini award-winning Camp Hollywood.

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