Lenses at The Moviehouse & Eatery (Fall ’16)


Concordia University Returns to The Moviehouse for Lenses—A Film Series Designed to Cultivate Media Literacy

Contact: Philip Hohle 512-313-5409


Mondays in the fall will be special for the Northwest Austin community, as Concordia University is offering a new film series titled Lenses. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in partnership with The Moviehouse & Eatery, the series is an informal class for the community and is free to anyone who registers.  The series begins on Monday, Sept. 16 and runs through Dec. 5. at the Moviehouse in the Trails of 620 shopping center just west of the Concordia campus. (Note that the series will pause on Oct. 10 and Nov. 21 for fall and Thanksgiving breaks.)

The purpose of the series is to develop media literacy among people. The class will give the student-participant new skills in interpreting popular movies. Each session will involve an examination of a film from one of ten unique lenses. The practice will serve to develop tools in the viewer in fully appreciating or critiquing the media messages they encounter. Faculty members from the college will be on hand for a brief discussion after each screening to guide the audience in interpreting the films from these perspectives.

Communication professor Dr. Philip Hohle curates this series just he produces the Cinema and Religion series offered at The Moviehouse each spring. Both are extensions to traditional classes and according to Hohle, “The participants from the community really enjoy the interaction with our traditional students. I think it works both ways. We always enjoy great synergy— some nights it is hard to wrap things up because the discussions are so lively.”

The primary lens used on each night is supported by key questions that will frame the experience. Beginning on Sept. 16, the viewer will use the lens of accuracy to ask if the film Captain Phillips is truthful.  History professor Dr. Matt Bloom will be on hand to help the student-participant work through the facts presented in this film. Examinations using lenses focused on values, genre expectations, socio-cultural interaction, psychological consciousness, and critical ideology, will follow each week. The lens of religion is used more thoroughly in the spring series. Films by acclaimed directors are slated for examination, including Austinites Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez.

Space is limited, and as it has been with the Cinema and Religion series, participants will be required to register by emailing cinema@concordia.edu. For more information, visit <parabolicmedia.com/cinema>.

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