Join us for films, popcorn, lemonade, and discussion!
June 22: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. 95 min. Animated. Rated G.
Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville.Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree. To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature. Spoiler alert: We hear that some kind of ‘Truffula Tree’ related activity may follow the film…
June 29: National Geographic’s Before the Flood with Leonardo DiCaprio. 2016. 96 min. Documentary. Rated PG.
This highly-rated, new film features a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
Summer Film Series, July: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
According to recent statistics, more than 2.3 million people are currently incarcerated in various jails and prisons throughout the United States. We also incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than any other country in the world. The reasons are complicated: race, class, crime, politics, and public policy all play a part. Given the staggering numbers, it seems worthwhile to talk about prisons, prisoners, freedom, redemption, and what this all means for us communally and spiritually. This year we’ll show 4 films about or set in prisons.
July 6: Shawshank Redemption (R)
This 1994 film starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins received 7 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. It tells the story of the deep friendship created and various hardships overcome by two men in a prison in 1947 Maine prison.
July 13: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13)
This 2000 film is loosely based on Homer’s Odessey, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and tells the story of 3 men sprung from a chain gang in 1930’s Mississippi. Their goal is to reach their buried treasure before it’s forever unrecoverable. Full of wonderful music, odd characters, and stellar performances, this Cohen Brothers’ film is a delightful and humorous look at what it means to go home.
July 20: Dead Man Walking (R)
This 1995 film stars Susan Sarandon in her Oscar-winning performance as Sister Helen Prejean, a real-life nun who co-wrote the screenplay. Dead Man Walking tells the story of convicted death row inmate, Matthew Poncelet (played by Sean Penn), and Sister Prejean as they desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts. Prejean struggles with the brutality of his crime while trying to help the spiritual life of the man who committed it.
July 27: 13th (R)
This 2016 Netflix Original Documentary shows in vivid detail the uncomfortable and long history of race and incarceration in the United States. Named after the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, the film 13th talks about how imprisonment in the US is a new kind of slavery with undeniable ties to the politics of race.