Whitehead intl film festival
Posted 19 October 2004 - 10:10 AM
Recycle, Close, Walking Catfish Blues, Corona Station, Maria Full of Grace, Goodbye Lenin, Winged Migration, My Own Private Idaho.
Posted 16 January 2005 - 10:51 PM
This was a great experience! There were about 2 dozen of us in the class, led by Marjorie Suchocki, prof. emerita of Claremont School of Theology, and Jim Wall, Sr. Contributing Editor (former editor) of The Christian Century. Both of them are veterans (Wall for nearly a quater century) of ecumenical juries at Montreal and Berlin Film Festivals.
Our challenge was to serve as the jury for the festival and decide which of the films best fit the selection criteria:
- The film shall exhibit artistic excellence in screenplay, music and filming technique.
- The film shall promote the common good, which is defined as a society in which persons and communities care for one another's well-being.
- The film shall exhibit sensitivity to the human condition, promoting the dignity of all.
- As appropriate to the film's subject matter, the film shall foster ecological responsibility.
- The film shall cultivate a realistic hope of creative transformation.
The process was not so much which was our favorite, but which best exemplified the criteria. We also took a straw poll for our favorites regardless of the criteria.
The schedule was such that on Saturday afternoon, we had to settle on a tentative winner, and then after the evening screening, we went out to the lobby to see if the final film would displace our choice -- and it did.
The winner of the Whitehead Prize for 2005:
(Runner-up: In America)
Special mention to Winged Migration
Best Short: And the Redman Turned Green
Honerable Mention: Little Terrorist
Edited by Darrel Manson, 26 January 2005 - 12:29 AM.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 11:57 PM
Films booked so far:
- Syrian Bride
- Rana's Wedding
- The Sea Inside
- Three Dollars
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Story of the Weeping Camel
It's possible to just go to whatever films you want to see. But a great thing if you are able to do it, is to pay for the course that is run along side this and serve as the jury for the festival. Discussions lead by Marge Suchocki and Jim Wall who serve on ecumenical juries at festivals such as Berlin and Montreal. The group dealing with the films digs deeply. These are full days of watching and discussing films. It was a great experience last year. If you're in the area or have time to come out, consider it.
Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:39 PM
Posted 21 January 2008 - 10:35 PM
Edited by Darrel Manson, 22 January 2008 - 07:19 PM.
Posted 08 January 2009 - 01:40 AM
I'm planning on doing the course again. If you're going to take in a film or two, let me know and we can connect.
Posted 20 January 2009 - 01:11 PM
Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:08 PM
Let me encourage anyone one within easy distance of Claremont to take advantage of seeing these films (at the door tickets: $5) If you are interested in the Faith and Film class that serves as the jury for the festival (cost: $300)I highly recommend that as well. And what better way to get continuing ed credit than watching movies?
Posted 19 January 2010 - 11:32 AM
Winner of the 2010 Whitehead Award: Departures
Runner-up: The only film I didn't see, The Necessities of Life (Ce qu'il faut pour vivre) from Canada. (Sadly DVD not yet available)
Posted 19 January 2010 - 01:07 PM
: Runner-up: The only film I didn't see, The Necessities of Life (Ce qu'il faut pour vivre) from Canada. (Sadly DVD not yet available)
The Canadian DVD has been out for a while, and can be ordered from Amazon.ca (quick! get it before our dollars reach parity!).
Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:29 PM
Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:38 PM
Not as big as a normal theatre, but Claremont School of Theology has a really nice venue for films, so it probably qualifies as a big screen - bigger than most of the screening rooms I see films in.
How cool that recent A&F favorite DeUsynlige, or Troubled Water is one of those films. Are you going to see this on the big screen?
Plan your calender - wouldn't you love to be in Southern California in January.
Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:42 PM
Posted 06 January 2011 - 10:52 PM
I don't think I've yet convinced anyone to come see a film or two, but at $5 a film this is a deal that shouldn't be missed.