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FAQ About Cinema and the Bible at Zion

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. Essentially, this Bible class will help improve the media literacy and fluency of people—Entertainment as a Second Language.

Q: Will we actually watch the movies in the class?

A: We ask that participants watch the movies at home sometime before the class meets (if they so desire). Since our time is only an hour, we will spend more of our time in discussion than in watching clips. Typically, the trailer will be played as a way to refresh our memories.

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

A: No. We only suggest that you consider reading the optional course material offered (the books). In our discussion, you can add your voice to the mix or just quietly enjoy the discussion. All opinions are welcome.

Q: Why do you include an R-rated film?

A: Our approach is not to ask if we should watch 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 watching the movie for that week.

Q: Who are the class leaders?

A: Dr. Philip Hohle is the overall class moderator. A member of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image, he has published and presented internationally on viewer-response theory as it relates to the movie-watching experience. He is particularly interested in how we make sense of transgressive protagonist-heroes.  Sarah Jones, Chad Matthews, and Robin Knippa will fill the role of formal respondents to some of the films selected for this class.

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. Essentially, these series are classes to help improve the media literacy and fluency of people. There are currently two different series, Lenses (fall) and Cinema & Religion (spring).

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

A: In essence, this 8-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 (place TBA) 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: Fill out the form found (TBA). An invoice will be sent.

Q: May I bring someone with me?

A: For both series, we highly encourage everyone to bring guests, but all participants must register.

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.