Faith & Film Class

FILM & THE COMMON GOOD CLASS
February 15-18, 2019
with Jeremy Fackenthal, PhD

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The class fulfills several purposes:  1) to increase our ability to understand the artistic merits in film; 2) to explore ways of utilizing films to probe issues of faith; 3) to serve as a jury for the 18th Annual Common Good International Film Festival, deciding which of the ten feature films best meets the criterion of “Celebrating Films that Promote the Common Good.”

Criteria for Evaluating Whitehead Films

  1. Exhibits artistic excellence in screenplay, music, and filming technique.
  2. Promotes the common good, which is defined as a society in which persons and communities care for one another’s well-being.
  3. Exhibits sensitivity to the human situation, promoting the dignity of all.
  4. Fosters ecological responsibility as appropriate to the film’s content.
  5. Cultivates a realistic hope of creative transformation.

Class Schedule

Friday, February 15

10:00  Orientation to class, Screening of final film
12:00  Break for lunch
1:30   Discussion of selection criteria and how to function as a jury.
2:00  Discussion
3:00  Class break
3:30  Discussion with Special Guest (Director)
4:45  Class ends.  Reconvene at 5:30 in Haddon Conference Room for champagne reception
5:30   Champagne reception|
6:00   Opening Banquet.  Speaker: Bonnie Hawthorne
7:30  Screening of opening short, followed by feature, Dreaming of a Vetter World (United States)

Saturday February 16

9:00 Class discussion of Dreaming of a Vetter World
10:00 Screening of short film, and feature
1:00 Discussion of feature.
2:00 Screening of short film, and feature
4:00 Discussion of feature
5:00 Class break
7:00 Screening of short filmfollowed by feature

Sunday, February 17

1:00  Screening of short film, followed by feature
3:15  Screening of short film, followed by feature
5:00  Supper Meeting in LemonTree Café:  Discussion of three films
7:00 Screening of short film, followed by feature

Monday, February 18

9:00  Class discussion
10:00  Screening of short film, followed by feature
1:00  Discussion of feature
2:00  Screening of short film, followed by feature
4:00  Supper meeting, discussion of afternoon film and determination of which film receives the Whitehead Award.
7:00 Screening of short film, followed by final feature
9:00  Announcement of Whitehead Award.