Feb
3
Fri
A celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty | Faith and Film
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A celebration of love and diversity in times of hate and uncertainty.

This brilliantly well-rounded, animated film is both straightforward and densely layered as it offers a thoughtful, inclusive message that is rich, timely and impressive in its visual conception and scope. Entertaining for children as well as adults, it offers a clear message about the dangers of stereotyping and draws parallels with instances of everyday racial prejudice among humans.

Critics give top marks! 98% Tomatometer. 78% Metacritic

BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

Mar
3
Fri
Arts and Inspiration | Faith and Film
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chad & Ana Kidd. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

Visionary, Curious, Enigmatic, Uncomfortable | Faith and Film @ Sanctuary UCC
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge from her hardships by imagining herself and her co-workers in Hollywood musicals. 

Selma is a young Czech mother living in Washington state in the early 1960s. How she loves musicals! Alas, she is going blind, and this is threatening her job (not to say her limbs) at the local factory, where she is friends with Cathy, who is a bit flummoxed by Selma’s increasing workload, which includes pinning hairpins to unbent cardboard as a side job.  Selma lives with her understandably ungrateful 12-year-old delinquent son in a mobile trailer on the property of a local sheriff and his happy-go-lucky wife. One day, the sheriff reveals a dark secret to Selma, and being the type to cement friendships, she tells him a secret, too: that she is going blind. Life spirals downard for her after this revelation, but Selma is resolute in protecting her friend’s secret.

Cathy, who grows increasingly frustrated with Selma’s decisions, comes to realize Selma’s methodology was right after all, and in the gripping final moments of the film, she tells Selma that she did right. This is a curious, highly depressing, yet exhilarating film (with various experimental camera techniques) about the power of friendship and maternal love — not to be watched alone!

Critics Agree: This film can be grim and difficult to watch, but even so, it has a powerful and moving performance from (Danish Pop Star) Bjork and is something quite new and visionary.

Other critics write: “Everything about Bjork and [this film] is enigmatic in an uncomfortable dissecting way that shows beauty in the crudest way, and crudeness in the complexity of advanced social mores.” “..a calculated attack on conventional sentimentality and Hollywood illusion; the kind of movie that means to frustrate your expectations rather than affirm your assumptions.” “A visionary and magical experience. This film is miraculous.”

BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity.

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Apr
7
Fri
Arts and Inspiration | Faith and Film
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chad & Ana Kidd. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

May
5
Fri
A Compelling, Timely Political Thriller | Faith and Film
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
A Compelling, Timely Political Thriller | Faith and Film

As taut as it is timely, this month’s film offers a powerfully acted — and unusually cerebral — spin on the modern wartime political thriller.

95% Tomatometer

From the Top Critics:
“Compelling… riveting…”
“Intricate confrontation of modern warfare’s morality…”
“It offers no easy answers, only difficult questions about following orders and the cost of war.”
“…the movie explores the danger of detachment and the use of drones in modern warfare, recording the complex moral and political debate among characters charged with making life-or-death decisions.”
“In war, everything has consequences, the movie declares, and if you think you can predict all of them, you’re either a fool or running for office (or both!). No answer is perfect.”

with Discussion Leaders: Chad & Anna Kidd.

BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

Arts and Inspiration | Faith and Film
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chad & Ana Kidd. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

Jun
2
Fri
Arts and Inspiration | Faith and Film
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chad & Ana Kidd. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.

Profoundly Human, Achingly Complex Masterpiece | Faith and Film
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Profoundly Human, Achingly Complex Masterpiece | Faith and Film

This month’s film is an Oscar award-winning drama set in a New-England fishing town. Critics note that the story is “pulsating with urgency and feeling, not deadened by the suggestive framework of its premise.” An uncle and his spirited teen aged nephew must deal with the loss of the man who held their family together. 96% Tomatometer.
From top critics:

“A sensitive character study that feels profoundly human and finds an enviable balance between drama and humor.”

“Unforced acting couples with a nuanced, insightful script to tell a story that, although seemingly simple, is achingly complex.”

“The sadness of [the film] is the kind of sadness that makes you feel more alive, rather than less, to the preciousness of things.”

“An extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor.”

“a masterpiece in a minor key, an exploration of grief that never lets its characters – or its audience – off the hook.

Chad & Anna Kidd. BYOB. Bring your own beer, wine or soda and experience the places where Pop culture meets our faith. We will watch a current film followed by a discussion about themes of morality, faith, and humanity led by local theologians and community leaders.