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 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: Fill out the form found here. 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. (Stay tuned for information about registration for the LENSES Series in the Fall 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.