CHICAGO (CNS) — The Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province is teaming up with Loyola Productions’ online IN Network for a seven-part Lenten film series to make its debut on seven Wednesdays in Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday.

The series will be part of the program “The INNdustry,” hosted by Sister Rose Pacatte, a Daughter of St. Paul.

Each episode of “The INNdustry” will feature clips from films and television series, along with interviews and commentary from producers and directors behind those movies and shows.

The episodes will highlight Lenten themes and foster reflection and conversation. Questions for reflection and commentary are also offered. The film series can be used in prayer groups, young adult ministry, retreats, classrooms, and individual Lenten preparation for Easter.

The schedule:

  • March 5 — “Redemption of the Prosecutor,” a documentary short.
    Tennessee prosecutor struggles to reconcile his work with his faith after he befriends a prisoner he put behind bars.
  • (image courtesy of the IN Network)
    (image courtesy of the IN Network)

    March 12 — “Champions of Faith: Baseball Edition” with former major leaguer Mike Sweeney
    Major Leaguer Mike Sweeney lets down his guard, and his faith, on the field.

  • March 19 — “The Way” with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez
    Martin Sheen stars as a reluctant pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in a film made by his son, Emilio Estevez.
    Read a review from Catholic News Service and Decent Films Guide.
  • March 26 — “Desert Wedding,” about how a “bridezilla” deals with the unexpected
    A bridezilla’s big day turns out far different than she had so meticulously planned.
  • April 2 — “I Am,” director Tom Shadyac’s autobiographical documentary
    Director Tom Shadyac documents his experience following a serious head injury and how it changed his life.
    The documentary won the Catholics in Media Award in 2012. Synopsis from the documentary’s website.
  • April 9 — “Joan of Arcadia” with creator Barbara Hall
    A clip from the first season finds Joan trying to understand why God is asking her to join, of all things, her high school chess club.
  • April 16 — “Small Change,” about how one boy’s action gives hope to a family in crisis
    A small but loving gesture from one young sibling to another gives hope to a family in crisis.

The IN Network — short for Ignatian News Network — is an online platform specifically designed for the global Jesuit family, presenting news, culture, lifestyle and original series content through a uniquely Ignatian lens. The IN Network has an App available for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. An Android version is coming soon.

To watch the Lenten Film Series on “The INNdustry” or to get more information, click here or search for “IN Network” on the iTunes store.

To watch Loyola Productions’ post-apocalyptic drama “40,” which debuted in Lent two years ago, click here. Episode three, of the 14, is an award winner.