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  1. Hello jury members, Welcome to the 2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury! Here is our thread for nominating, seconding, and discussing films. Here's a statement Ken Morefield wrote up for our first jury in 2014, which I think is worth sharing again: I think the statement remains applicable--it's appropriately broad and ecumenical, while also having the particular faith-focused nature of this end-of-year-list. Here’s our timeline for this process: Nominations open on Thursday, November 1. To nominate a film, simply post the film title in the forum thread or email it directly to me (jmayward@gmail.com). All nominated films must receive a "second" vote from another jury member in order to appear on the voting ballot, which can happen either by posting “seconded” in the forum or via email, or a jury member nominating the same film. Non-jurors can also recommend films for nomination in this thread, but they must be seconded by two jury members. I will keep a tally of all the nominated and seconded films within this thread, updating it regularly as we go. You can use this same thread to discuss, advocate, question, process, or to direct folks to links to other threads or conversations about the nominated films. I'd encourage you to give your reasons behind nominating or seconding a film, especially during this nomination process—encourage us to check out great films we may not have seen yet! Qualifying films: a first-time theatrical, DVD/Blu-ray, streaming, or festival release in the 2018 calendar year. Even though I presently live in the UK, I am going by North American releases as I find them on IMDB. Thus, a film like Paddington 2 (2017 release in UK, 2018 in US and Canada) can be nominated, while a film like Columbus (2017 release in North America, and on our top 10 list last year, but just released in the UK a month ago) would not be eligible. Regarding questions of release dates (e.g. First Reformed was a festival release last year and on our nominations ballot, but had a much wider release this year) and what constitutes a “film” (e.g. Twin Peaks: The Return), I put full trust in the jury’s viewing and voting practices, and in the conversation we will have within the forum. Nominations will close at 11:59pm (PST) on Sunday, December 30. This is fairly late in the year for end-of-year film lists, but it follows our pattern from the previous two years. On December 31, I'll email jury members a link for a survey with all the nominated films that they can rank 1-5 (strongly disagree-strongly agree that the film should be on our jury's top 10 list). You are to vote only for films you have seen--if you haven't seen a film, simply leave that ballot blank or unranked. Again, how you rank/rate a film is entirely up to your discretion and judgment; I trust in the process. Per our practice in previous years, a film is eligible if it's been viewed by at least 50% of the jury. So, 9 out of our 18 jury members. This is so a film with high scores seen by a minority of jurors doesn't have an undue advantage (i.e. a film with only three “5” votes in total would have a higher average score than a film with ten “5” votes and one “4” vote, but the latter film would be a better reflection of the jury's collective opinion and film-viewing experience). If there are not ten eligible films that score “4” or higher on average, the foreperson (that's me!) reserves the right to look at film(s) that averaged over 4 but had less eligible voters. Voting closes on Monday, January 7. This gives a week for jury members to vote on the nominated films. After the totals have been added up using some math wizardry, I'll send out an email with the results. Then I’ll send you an optional second ballot with the ten finalists asking folks to rank them. This had a big impact on where certain films ranked in the final top 10 last year, so indicate on your first ballot if you'd like to receive this optional second ballot. If you choose not to ask for the second ballot, I'll base your rankings on your scores for this first ballot, giving equal weight to all films receiving the same designation/score. Finally, I'll solicit "blurbs" for the final list, as well as your Honorable Mention--a film which did not end up on the top 10 list, but you would like to see recognized. I love the Honorable Mentions, as it’s always very diverse and interesting. Here's our jury, listed alphabetically by first name, and with the website/"brand" I currently have for you (let me know if you want to update or change this, or if I’ve misspelled something): 1. Anders Bergstrom (3 Brothers Film) 2. Christian Hamaker (Patheos / Schaeffer's Ghost) 3. Evan Cogswell (Catholic Cinephile) 4. Gareth Higgins (The Porch) 5. Jeffrey Overstreet (Looking Closer) 6. Joel Mayward (Cinemayward / Think Christian) 7. Josh Cabrita (MUBI Notebook / Cinema Scope) 8. Josh Hamm (Freelance) 9. Josh Larsen (Filmspotting / Think Christian) 10. Ken Morefield (1More Film Blog) 11. Kevin Sampson (Picture Lock) 12. Melissa Tamminga (Seattle Screen Scene) 13. Michael Leary (Freelance) 14. Noel T. Manning (Cinemascene) 15. Peter Chattaway (FilmChat) 16. Philip Martin (Blood, Dirt & Angels) 17. Sarah Welch-Larson (Think Christian / BW/DR / Freelance) 18. Steven D. Greydanus (Decent Films / National Catholic Register) I'm excited to have Sarah, Josh L., and Philip as part of the jury this year, so welcome them to A&F! Looking forward to our discussion of these 2018 films, and for creating another unique end-of-year list.
  2. Link to our original 2014 thread. Link to our 2015 thread. Link to our 2016 thread. As the end of this year is quickly approaching, I've begun this thread for nominating, seconding, and discussing films for the Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury for 2017. Here's a statement Ken Morefield wrote up for our first jury in 2014: I think the statement remains applicable--it's appropriately broad and ecumenical, while also having the particular faith-focused nature of this end-of-year-list. I want to propose a timeline here, and I'm very open to feedback/pushback, so let me know what you think: Nominations open on November 1. To nominate a film, simply post it here in this thread or email it directly to me (jmayward@gmail.com). All nominated films must receive a "second" vote from another jury member in order to appear on the voting ballot. Non-jurors can also recommend films for nomination in this thread, but they must be seconded by two jury members. I will keep a tally of all the nominated and seconded films here, updating it as we go. You can this same thread to discuss, advocate, question, process, or to direct folks to links to other threads or conversations about the nominated films. I'd encourage you to give your reasons behind nominating or seconding a film. Qualifying films: a first time theatrical, DVD/Blu-ray, streaming, or festival release in the 2017 calendar year. Nominations will close at midnight on December 30. This is fairly late in the year for end-of-year film lists, but it mostly follows our pattern last year with Silence, and allows some of the late-year releases to be considered (like a certain Paul Thomas Anderson film). Is this date too late, or does it work for y'all? On December 31, I'll send jury members a link for a survey with all the nominated films that they can rank 1-5 (strongly disagree-strongly agree that the film should be on our jury's top 10 list). You are to vote only for films you have seen--if you haven't seen a film, simply leave that ballot blank or unranked. Voting closes on January 6. This gives a week for jury members to vote on the nominated films. Would having this occur after the holidays be more or less helpful for people's schedules? I recognize that folks may not want to be online or voting on film-related stuff the first week of the year. After the totals have been added up using some math wizardry, I'll send out an email with the results and post them here in the forum. Then I'll solicit "blurbs" for the final list, as well as your Honorable Mention--a film which did not end up on the top 10 list, but you would like to see recognized. I'll work with IMAGE on when/how the final list will be published. Here's our jury, listed alphabetically and with the website/"brand" I currently have for you (let me know if you want to update or change this): 1. Anders Bergstrom (3 Brothers Film) 2. Peter Chattaway (FilmChat) 3. Evan Cogswell (Catholic Cinephile) 4. Steven D. Greydanus (National Catholic Register) 5. Christian Hamaker (Crosswalk) 6. Josh Hamm (Cut Print Film) 7. M. Leary (Filmwell) 8. Noel T. Manning (Cinemascene) 9. Joel Mayward (CineMayward) 10. Kenneth R. Morefield (1More Film Blog) 11. Jeffrey Overstreet (Looking Closer) 12. Kevin Sampson (Picture Lock) 13. Melissa Tamminga (Seattle Screen Scene) 14. Gareth Higgins (The Porch / Movies & Meaning) 15. Josh Cabrita (MUBI Notebook / Cinema Scope) I'm excited to have Melissa and Kevin as part of the jury this year, so welcome them to A&F! I've reached out to two others who have not responded yet; if they answer in the near future, I'll add them to our jury. Looking forward to our discussion of these 2017 films, and for creating another unique end-of-year list.
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