Using Film As A Means for Catechesis

May 14, 2020, 4:00pm America/New_York

Join ODB Films as they discuss effective ways to use film as a means for Catechesis. Watch an episode of their video series Restored  and participate in a live Q&A with the team.

Doug Tooke (ODB Films)

Vice President

Doug Tooke is Vice President of Ministry Advancement for ODB films. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry, he has more than 20 years of professional ministry experience. Over the past 15 years, Doug has served more than 100 Dioceses - teaching, keynoting at conventions, and training youth ministers. His passion for Catholic teaching combined with his knowledge of story are prevalent in his ministry. A love for film has given him depth to understand story flow, character development, and recognizing conflict and themes essential to Catholic filmmaking.

Eric Groth (ODB Films)


Eric Groth is President/CEO and Executive Producer of ODB Films. He has a BA in Christian Education and an MA in Counseling. Eric has served as Director of High School Campus Ministries at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, IL and Coordinator of Evangelization Programs for Cultivation Ministries.

ODB Films, founded in 2005 as "Outside da Box," is an award-winning not-for-profit Catholic video production ministry that helps people encounter Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films. Since its inception, ODB Films has produced more than 200 short films, including Palm Sunday, Zombies vs. Jesus, and the 60-film Video Catechism (VCAT) series for teens.

In January 2016, ODB Films released its first feature film, Full of Grace. The film received a Gabriel Award for "Best Family Feature" in June 2016 from Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

Eric has been married to his wife Becky since December 29, 1990. The two of them have eight children.