Steve Date movie gets honorable mention in film festival

MinnPost video journalist Steve Date and Rich Cornell have won an honorable mention in the Minnesota Historical Society’s “1968 Project” film festival for their film “Reluctant Dissent: James P. Shannon.”

The film documents the life of Shannon, who as a bishop in 1968 wrote to Pope Paul VI disagreeing with the pope’s position on birth control. Shannon later resigned his position. You can view the film and other award winners here.

Date’s latest documentary is “Welcome to Coalwood,” the story of a small coal-mining community in West Virginia that was the hometown of Homer Hickam and The Rocket Boys, who were featured in the 1999 film, “October Sky”.   Date’s film will be shown in West Virginia this weekend.  To learn more about the movie, go here.

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