Film about Lodi Pedophile Priest O'Grady Nominated for Best Documentary Feature

Lodi News-Sentinel
January 24, 2007

Hollywood — Lodi will have a presence at the Academy Awards on Feb. 25, with Tuesday's announcement that "Deliver Us From Evil" has been nominated for best documentary feature.

Amy Berg The movie profiles convicted pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady, who molested children while at St. Anne's Catholic Church during the 1970s. He later served at parishes in Stockton, San Andreas, Turlock and Hughson before serving seven years in state prison and being deported to his native Ireland.

Amy Berg

The movie also features Ann Jyono, 40, who was sexually abused by O'Grady when she attended St. Anne's as a child. O'Grady confesses to abusing Jyono and others in the movie.

Jyono's parents, Bob and Maria Jyono, who still live in Lodi, are interviewed extensively in the movie, directed by Amy Berg.

The movie played at Lodi Stadium 12 for three weeks beginning Nov. 3.

"Deliver Us From Evil" is one of five films — narrowed from a field of 81 — that received Oscar nominations in the best documentary category. With hand-held cameras and stripped-down techniques, the films delve into serious topics about contemporary politics.

"An Inconvenient Truth," director Davis Guggenheim's film about former Vice President Al Gore's efforts to bring awareness to the devastating effects of global warming, received two Oscar nominations, one for best documentary and another for best song (Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up.")

"For a long time, people found that there was no way to express themselves on this issue," Guggenheim said.

Laura Poitras' "My Country, My Country," a story of one Iraqi man's effort to ease suffering in his town amid the ongoing war, also was nominated, as was "Iraq in Fragments," a film by James Longley and John Sinno.

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady were nominated for "Jesus Camp," which follows a group of children attending a summer camp where they are taught to be "dedicated Christian soldiers in God's army."

Grady said she and Ewing were on a plane when the nominations came out. "It's like we've been on the journey of our lives," said Grady.

A United Airlines pilot announced the good news about the "Jesus Camp" nomination, announcing on the intercom, "The women in row 23 just got nominated for an Academy Award."

Grady said, "Everyone applauded. They brought us champagne. It was something."


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