Dick Lyles is CEO of Origin Entertainment. In addition to his leadership, he brings extensive expertise in the areas of business, strategy, finance, and marketing to the team. Most recently he served as a producer on FATIMA starring Harvey Keitel, Sonia Braga and Goran Visnjic and is a producer of IM/MORTAL.
Yesterday, Catholic Business Journal’s reporter Al Donner squeezed in a quick interview with Dick Lyles about FATIMA and it’s release to the public this Friday, August 28, 2020.
Q. Catholic Business Journal: What is the core message you seek to convey in “Fatima,” an account of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in rural Portugal in 1917?
A. Dick Lyles: The core message is that each of us has a responsibility to reach out to the world. Each of us needs to take actions that will lead to peace and love in the world.
Q. How does the movie relate to people today?
A. People are still offending God, and that leads to hatred and wars. The situation today is comparable to what people faced in 1917. So 100 years later, the story of Fatima continues to inspire people, because the world seems to need that message. Our world certainly is facing the same kind of challenges.
Q. But isn’t the world different today?
A. People asking that question haven’t looked at the data. We are certainly facing the same kind of challenges as 1917. It is overwhelming.
Q. Will people in today’s highly-connected world find relevance in the events of Fatima, or will they be skeptical about it?
A. Some 70,000 people were at Fatima and witnessed what happened. Remember, that was before the internet and television. And they all described it the same way!
Q. How is this movie impacting Catholics today?
A. It is giving Catholics more confidence to be who they are, as we are living in today’s world. We are hungry for that message now!
Q. What has been the overall reaction you get from people after they see the movie?
A. First, they say they feel better about themselves. Then they add, “I have a lot of friends, and I really want them to see it!”
Q. But does the story have any value for people who are not Catholic?
A. Fatima is a story that anyone can love! People in the pews will love it, but you do not have to be Catholic to love it! I have a friend, a Muslim, who watched it in a pre-release screening. She told me afterward that it brought tears to her eyes. She added that ‘Fatima will be my path toward faith.’ And she is a Muslim!
Q. HOW CAN I SEE THE NEW FATIMA MOVIE?
Al Donner is a retired reporter based in northern California.