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DIA Honors Film Maker with Fra Angelico Award

Dominic DeLayCOLUMBUS, OH July 21, 2008--- At its twelfth annual national gathering at Dominican University in  Columbus, Ohio,  the Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) named Dominic DeLay, OP, a friar of Holy Name Province, the 2008 winner of its Fra Angelico Award.

DeLay, who is based in Los Angeles, is a master storyteller. He was cited for developing his preaching ministry through film, photography, music, and drama. Taking inspiration from Jesus’ use of parables, Delay specializes in thought-provoking, fictional stories. Both his short and feature-length films attempt to reveal, explicitly and implicitly, God’s loving action in the world, especially in human relationships.

DeLay earned his MFA in film production at Chapman University in Southern California, his BA in Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles,  and his MA in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Winner of awards from Park City Film & Music and Angelus Films, DeLay is noted for presentations at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Film projects for which he has won grants and awards include Dogwoman & Magicman, The SodaJerks, andThe Sisters O’Malley. His latest feature film, Inside Darkness, is a timely political thriller about three presidential candidates who are mysteriously trapped in a room together. Inside Darkness is scheduled for release in August 2008.

The DIA award is named after the best-known artist of the Dominican Order, the 15TH century Florentine Painter, Giovanni da Fiesole, known to the art world as Fra Angelico because of his talent for depicting spectacular angels.

The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) is a grassroots movement of Dominican Artists. Through its leadership, mutual support, and gatherings, the DIA promotes the arts as preaching: to proclaim the Gospel, live justice, nourish the soul, and celebrate the Spirit.

Elizabeth Michael Boyle, OP


visit MudPuddle Films, the production company of Dominic DeLay, OP

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