Our group meets at 7pm, on the 3rd Tuesday, eight months a year. We watch the chosen film on our own, and then gather to discuss it; we’re very much like a book club in those aspects. Our meetings often include an introductory worship portion and a time for sharing and prayers. We are always open to new members.
Although we often take the summer off, in 2021 we will only take one month off. The meetings will take place by Zoom; please contact ChurchOffice@fprespa.org for the link.
June 15 The Biggest Little Farm
July 20 No Meeting, Summer Break
August 17 The Night of the Shooting Stars
The Biggest Little Farm (2018)
Directed and written by John Chester; stars John and Molly Chester and their animals; much of the fun cinematography is also by John Chester
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek.
The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
Directed and written by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
One of the greatest hits of this decade of Italian cinema, this film is the only one of its era that captures a child’s point of view both convincingly and movingly. The directors have brought a sense of premorality both to the composition of the images and the shape of the narrative: the cosmic and the trivial have equal importance in the balanced frames, and no one episode is stressed at the dramatic expense of another. The time is 1944, and the residents of the small Italian town of San Miniato are escaping from the German occupying forces; among them is a little girl who will grow up to tell the story to her son—and us.