A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Branko Tomovic To Play In “The Mad Scientist”

According to our source from United Kingdom, "Silver Mask" Productions and "North Shore" Pictures have teamed up to produce director Michael Anton's Nikola Tesla movie The Mad Scientist. The film is set to shoot in Pittsburgh in late August of this year. After weeks of anticipation Michael Anton has selected Serbian actor, Branko Tomovic to play Nikola Tesla in this biopic.


"We knew if we were to bring Nikola Tesla to life on the screen appropriately we had to find a great actor who could handle the challenge of the role as well as understand the culture of the man. It came down to two very talented actors who were very passionate about the script and the history behind the man, but in the end, Branko's performance just blew us away. He made an impossible decision a simple one. He is the perfect Nikola Tesla", said Michael Anton, the writer and director of the movie.

Branko Tomovic who was named 'One to Watch' by MovieScope Magazine can soon be seen opposite Debbie Harry in Jimmy Cauty's Road movie "Believe the Magic" and Steve Stone's ghost thriller "Entity". His film credits include "The Bourne Ultimatum", "Interview with a Hitman", "The Wolf Man", "Pope Joan" and "Silent River" which was recently nominated for a European Film Award. He has also won several Best Actor Awards for his work on distinguished innovative short films.

"Nikola Tesla has been a great idol of mine for a very long time. It's a very great honour to be allowed to breath life into his wonderful character and tell his remarkable story. Michael Anton's script is a very well written biopic, which captures Tesla's essence and persona, his passion for his work, his extraordinary mind, his eccentricity, his ambition and the movie will show that he was not a mad scientist – but one of the greatest minds and inventors that ever lived", said Tomovic.

"The Mad Scientist" follows the life of Nikola Tesla from when he first stepped foot on American soil in 1884 to his final days living alone in his New York Hotel room. The film follows Nikola Tesla from his battles with Thomas Edison and JP Morgan to his friendships with Mark Twain and George Westinghouse. Nikola Tesla battled the strong arm of American Inventor lobbyism led by Thomas Edison with inventions that would change how we view the world forever.



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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0