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Faith Issues in Film Group

Our group meets at 7:15 pm, on the 3rd Tuesday, eight months a year. We watch the chosen film on our own, and then gather at a member’s home to discuss it; we’re very much like a book club in those aspects. Our meeting often includes an introductory worship portion and a time for sharing and prayers. We are always open to new members. For more information, please contact Ellen Forbes, Jeff Grinnell, or Shirley Eglington. The church office can provide you with their contact information.

Here is a schedule of the films we will discuss in 2019-20, followed by a description of the upcoming film:

Sep 17 Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Oct  15 Florida Project
Nov 19 Green Book
Jan 21 First Reformed
Feb 18 Mark Felt
Mar 17 Roma
Apr 21 If Beale Street Could Talk
May 19 Silver Linings Playbook

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Directed by Morgan Deville, 2018

The NY Times critic says that the director of the film “sets out to assess the meaning and impact of an onscreen persona. It is that emphasis — the earnest, critical attention to the public Mister Rogers and his legacy — that makes Won’t You Be My Neighbor? feel like such a gift. It begins with an old clip of Fred Rogers, a trained composer, at the piano, explaining his approach to communicating with children by way of the musical concept of modulation. Some changes of key, he says, are easy enough to manage, while others are trickier. And so it is with feelings.

What Mister Rogers tried to teach us — how to navigate “some of the more difficult modulations” in everyday life — might now be classified as emotional literacy. He acknowledged that anger, fear and other kinds of hurt are part of the human repertoire and that children need to learn to speak honestly about those feelings, and to trust the people they share them with.

Mister Rogers’ demeanor balanced openness with reserve, curiosity with tact. The most radical thing about him was his unwavering commitment to the value of kindness in the face of the world that could seem intent on devising new ways to be mean. “Let’s make the most of this beautiful day,” he would sing at the start of each episode. He made it sound so simple, but also as if he knew just how hard it could be.”

Faith issues abound in this lovely film!

Front of the DVD for Florida Project

The Florida Project
Directed by Sean Baker, 2017
Cinematography by Alexis Zabe

The Florida Project is a deeply moving and poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynnn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. 

The precocious and self assured Moonee makes each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore their utterly unique world. Meanwhile her mother is always looking for ways to make the next rent payment and their next meal and ends up in trouble.  The Florida Project is honest about the wishful thinking that can cloud our understanding of a world so different from the one we know. Its final scenes are devastating but full of wonder, fury and clear-eyed self-criticism. No magic exists that can make the pain of some people’s reality disappear, but we don’t know how to believe in anything else. This movie accomplishes two things almost miraculous: it casts a spell and tells the truth.