Faith & Film Class

January 15-18, 2016

Offered in conjunction with the Whitehead International Film Festival

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 Whitehead International Film Festival, deciding which of the eleven feature films best meets the criteria of “Celebrating Films that Promote the Common Good.”

Faith & film class –

$250 for P&F members/$300 for non-members:
includes class, opening night banquet, full film pass, 2 dinners.

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Class Schedule
Professor Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

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, January 15
10:00am Orientation to class, Screening of The Name of the Child (Italy)
12:00pm  Break for lunch
1:30pm   On being a jury; discussion of selection criteria; the role of music in film.
2:00pm  Discussion of The Name of the Child
3:00pm  Class break
3:30pm  Discussion with Jason Starr, award winning director of “Everywhere and Forever.”
Mr. Starr is renowned for his work filming orchestras around the world.
4:45pm Class ends.  Reconvene at 5:30 in Haddon Conference Room for champagne reception.
5:30pm   Champagne reception
6:00pm  Opening Banquet.  Speaker: Jason Starr
7:30pm  Screening of opening short followed by feature, Outliving Emily (USA).

Saturday January 16
9:00am Class discussion of Outliving Emily
10:00am Screening of short film, and feature, The Monk (Myanmar).
1:00pm Discussion of The Monk.
2:00pm Screening of short film, and feature, Dreams  (Japan)
4:00pm Discussion of Dreams
5:00pm Class break.
7:00pm Screening of short film, followed by feature, Margarita with a Straw (India).

Sunday, January 17
1:00pm  Screening of short film, followed by feature, Seven Days (China)
3:00pm  Screening of short film, followed by feature, Everywhere and Forever (USA).
5:00pm  Discussion of three films:  Margarita, Seven Days, and Everywhere and Forever.
Light supper served.
7:00pm Screening of short film, followed by feature, Today (Iran).

Monday, January 18
9:00am  Class discussion of Today.
10:00am  Screening of short film, followed by feature, Marie’s Story (France)
1:00pm  Discussion of Marie’s Story
2:00pm  Screening of short film, followed by feature, Secrets of War (Netherlands).
4:00pm  Dinner meeting, discussion of afternoon film and determination of which film receives the Whitehead Award.
7:00pm Screening of short film, followed by The Name of the Child (Italy)
9:00pm  Announcement of Whitehead Award.