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Entertainment as a Second Language Informal Classes for the Community

2019 Cinema and Religion

2019 Cinema & Religion Series Expands to Second Moviehouse

Classic movie stars on screen seeming to argue about religion.

Cinema & Religion, a ten-session informal course for the community, will be offered at each of the two Moviehouse & Eatery movie theaters in west Austin beginning in February. Participants will have a choice of nights and locations each week. The class will be offered on Sunday evenings at 5:30 PM at the chain’s new theater in the Lantana Place shopping center near William Cannon and Southwest Parkway. As an alternative, the same class is held on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM at the chain’s original theater in the Trails of 620 shopping center on RR620.

Now in its sixth season, this informal class is produced by film scholar Dr. Philip J. Hohle, a member of the prestigious Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image, and Dr. Jake Youmans, professor of religious studies at Concordia University Texas. Both have published works on the religious implications found in popular films. Noted Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Robert Johnson has stated that the cinema’s storytellers have become the new priests of our culture. As such, the movie theater has become another great competitor for the church because great movies inspire people in profound ways.

Hohle has further argued that virtually all movies project a surprising degree of religiosity. “Most good films subtly express a certain worldview, a statement about the human condition—Who am I? Am I a good person? What is my redeeming purpose in life? Certainly, those are some of the fundamental questions of religion, and many movies invite an examination from that perspective. If we don’t, we miss some profound ideas and lessons.”

The ten-week class is sponsored by ACTS Church Lakeline in partnership with Parabolic Media and other local churches. This past fall, the partnership offered a companion class titled Lenses at the Trails of 620 Moviehouse. The course concept used was similar in approach to an ESL class for non-native speakers of English, but in this case, it is entertainment as a second language. This series was designed to help viewers develop a higher sense of media literacy or even fluency in interpreting the films they see. Similarly, Cinema & Religion is designed for anyone who wants to develop a higher awareness or appreciation for the inspirational power of movies.

The $85 registration includes a copy of a book of the same title written especially for this course. The course will feature ten free screenings of selected films at either Moviehouse each week. Every screening is followed by an open discussion led by a variety of respondents in addition to Hohle or Youmans. “There is no better setting to truly consider the richness of the film narrative than in a comfortable movie theater with an audience,” Hohle said. “While our respondents primarily speak through the lens of Christianity, we really learn from each other as we take the time afterward to unpack and share the personal religious experience the film provides for each of us.”

The series begins on February 3/4 and runs through April 14/15. REGISTER NOW BEFORE THE CLASS IS FILLED.

(Links below will open a new tab in your broswer—the ACTS Lakeline PushPay site.)

Register for the full 10-week class HERE ($85).

Register a guest for any night by clicking HERE ($10).

 For more information, email philip@parabolicmedia.com or visit the frequently asked questions page.

About ACTS Church Lakeline (LCMS) ACTS Church Lakeline is one of four ACTS in a network that includes churches in Kyle, Leander, and Lakeway. It should be no surprise that ACTS Lakeline meets on Sunday mornings at Southwest Theater on Research Boulevard near RR620—formerly an Alamo Drafthouse. Pastor Barrett Grebing explained, “It is no accident that we worship in a movie theater, as the church and the movie theater have a lot in common. They both seek to express profound truth in darkened, sacred space.” He added, “The church is all about helping people make sense relationship they have with their God and with the people around them. We find that movies provide a rich common ground where those conversations can begin.”

Fall 2019 Movies

Lenses: Entertainment as a Second Language

The title of the movie we select for discussion will be posted here one week in advance (including starting time and theater number).

Sept. 16th 7:00 PM, Theater 2

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Get your tickets at the box office or online. Stay for the discussion after the credits.

From IMDb: "Hilarious, outgoing and always up for a good time, New Yorker Brittany Forgleris everybody's best friend—except maybe her own. At 27, her hard-partying ways, chronic underemployment, and toxic relationships are catching up with her, but when she stops by a new doctor's office to try to score some Adderall, she gets slapped with a prescription she never wanted: Get healthy. Too broke for a gym and too proud to ask for help, Brit is at a loss, until her seemingly together neighbor Catherine pushes her to lace up her Converse sneakers and run one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. And soon, after finishing her first mile, she sets an almost unthinkable goal: running in the New York City Marathon."

Watch the trailer here.

Past Movies Discussed

Sept. 9th 6:00 PM, Theater 3

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler (32), a small-time outlaw on the run becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whiskey, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (28), a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.

Written by Lucky Treehouse (Source: IMDb)

Rated PG-13

POTENTIAL FILMS FOR UPCOMING WEEKS

New Releases Coming (potentially) to The Moviehouse this Fall. (Source IMDb)

1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)-

It Chapter Two

2. It Chapter Two (2019)-

Knives Out

3. Knives Out (2019)-

Joker

4. Joker (I) (2019)-

Doctor Sleep

5. Doctor Sleep (2019)-

1917

6. 1917 (2019)-

The Addams Family

7. The Addams Family (2019)-

The Goldfinch

8. The Goldfinch (2019)-

Frozen II

9. Frozen II (2019)-

Zombieland: Double Tap

10. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)-

Jumanji: The Next Level

11. Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)-

The Woman in the Window

12. The Woman in the Window-

Little Women

13. Little Women (2019)-

Gemini Man

14. Gemini Man (2019)-

Call of the Wild

15. Call of the Wild (2020)-

Spies in Disguise

16. Spies in Disguise (2019)-

Queen & Slim

17. Queen & Slim (2019)-

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

18. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)-

Untitled Charles Randolph Project

19. Untitled Charles Randolph Project (2019)-

The King's Man

20. The King's Man (2020)-

The Hunt

21. The Hunt (I) (2019)-

Downton Abbey

22. Downton Abbey (2019)-

Rambo: Last Blood

23. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)-

Terminator: Dark Fate

24. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)-

Sonic the Hedgehog

25. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)-

Abominable

26. Abominable (I) (2019)-

The Good Liar

27. The Good Liar (2019)-

Last Christmas

28. Last Christmas (2019)-

Charlie's Angels

29. Charlie's Angels (2019)-

Judy

30. Judy (II) (2019)-

Cats

31. Cats (2019)-

Midway

32. Midway (2019)-

The Art of Racing in the Rain

33. The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)7.1 Rate

Little

34. Little (I) (2019)5.4 Rate

The Angry Birds Movie 2

35. The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)6.8 Rate

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

36. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)-

Superintelligence

37. Superintelligence (2019)

Lenses: Entertainment as a Second Language

LENSES Informal Class for Community Learners

 


Parabolic Media is pleased to announce the return of Lenses, the popular Informal Classes for the Community starting Monday, September 9th.  6:30 PM at The Moviehouse & Eatery. For the Fall 2019 LENSES Series, there is no registration fee. Simply purchase your ticket at the box office or online on the Moviehouse & Eatery website. The series runs Sept. 9 through Nov. 18 (excluding Veterans Day on Nov. 11).

New for the Fall 2019 season, participants will be viewing CURRENT films being offered by The Moviehouse & Eatery. Due to fluctuations in distribution, the movie, start time, and theater number will be announced no earlier than one week prior to each class. Watch our web page for updates. Note that the opinions expressed in LENSES do not necessarily reflect the position of The Moviehouse's owners, managers, or employees.

Poster announcing series on Monday nights at the movies house and eatery.

 

Participants will explore and practice ten valuable lenses that can make them fluent in their media consumption—better at making sense of the messages and meanings behind their favorite movies. Improve your media literacy—become fluent in reading popular film.

The Lenses series is parallel to the Cinema and Religion series offered at The Moviehouse each spring. Focusing on film, the two classes provide examinations of this compelling media form in the context of an actual movie theater with an audience—the most pure and powerful viewing environment.

For more information, visit the FAQ page.

 

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Cinema and Religion Continues for Fifth Season

Fifth Season of Cinema & Religion Informal Class for the Community Begins January 22, 2018
Free series returns to The Moviehouse & Eatery on Monday Nights at 6:30 PM

Hymnboard with dates

Austin, Texas—For the fifth consecutive season, Concordia University Texas (CTX) will offer the informal course Cinema and Religion to the community on Monday nights beginning January 22, 2018. The class is held each week at 6:30 p.m. at The Moviehouse and Eatery in The Trails at 620 Shopping Center across from the University. Continue reading Cinema and Religion Continues for Fifth Season

FAQ About ESL Classes on Film

FAQs

Q: What does ESL stand for?

A: You may see a church from time to time offering a class in conversational English for immigrants—helping them make sense of a world in which an unfamiliar tongue is spoken. Similarly, ACTS Church Lakeline is offering this class to help people make sense of entertainment—Entertainment as a Second Language. Essentially, it is a class to help improve the media literacy and fluency of people. There are currently two different classes, Lenses (fall) and Cinema & Religion (spring).

Q: How does the informal class differ from a traditional college class?

A: In essence, this 10-week class does much more than just study film aesthetics. More importantly, participants will fully examine both their personal and societal responses to the messages found in popular movies. As such, Parabolic Media has made arrangments with The Moviehouse & Eatery to use the theater as a suitable classroom. This enables us to examine films in their most natural and powerful state. Unlike a movie you attend for entertainment purposes, we include a lively discussion afterward that helps us all understand the experience we have shared.

Q: Do I have assignments if I attend the Informal Class?

A: No. We only suggest that you become familiar with the course material offered (the books) for your own sake. In our discussion, you can add your voice to the mix or just quietly enjoy the discussion. All opinions are welcome.

Q: Do I get academic credit?

A: The class is for your own edification. However, those who attend at least seven screenings will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion upon request.

Q: Why are you examining R-rated films?

A: Our approach is not to ask if we should show films like these, but ask if these more difficult scenes and themes somehow make the film exempt from critical examination. We find that many R-rated films are in need of close, scholarly analysis. However, if you normally avoid such films, you can simply skip the screening that week.

Q: How do I register?

A: NO registration is required for the Fall 2019 LENSES Series at The Moviehouse & Eatery in the Trails of 620 Shopping Center. Simply purchase your ticket at the box office or online on their website.

Check back with registration information for the Spring 2020 Cinema and Religion Series to be posted early next year.

Q: May I bring someone with me?

A: For the LENSES Series, we highly encourage everyone to bring guests, but all participants must purchase a ticket like any other night out at the movies. (Stay tuned for information about registration for the Cinema & Religion Series in the Spring of 2020).

Q: Can I order food and drinks as I normally do when watching a film?

A: Of course! But we do not pick up the tab for refreshments. Don't forget to tip your server.

Q: What if the weather is bad?

A: Check your email. We will send announcements to the email address you used in your registration if the event is postponed or canceled. You are welcome to email Philip Hohle with questions anytime.