Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m.
If you haven’t yet seen the biodrama, Just Mercy, do so—and join Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson, Fr. David Guffey to discuss this stirring film. Just Mercy recounts the remarkable story that jumped from the best-seller list to the screen. The 2019 film follows a young Harvard-educated lawyer who tirelessly sought “just mercy” in a legal system that offered just the opposite to the poor and people of color.
The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, playing real-life people who challenged the injustice in the 1980’s Alabama legal system. Jordan portrays Bryan Stevenson, a now widely acclaimed public interest lawyer, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization providing legal representation to the illegally convicted and unfairly sentenced.
Just Mercy is an important movie and we’re looking forward to talking about it with you, Msgr. Torgerson, and Fr. David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions. Join us at a NEW TIME: 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 via ZOOM. This is a not-to-miss movie that will surely spark a degree of introspection and a lot of meaningful conversation.
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Fr. Vince Kuna Blog
Our own Fr. Vince gives his perspective on the film, as well a shout-out to Just Faith at St. Monica for introducing him to the book. Go HERE to read Father Vince’s blog.
Hollywood History Maker
Just Mercy represents an important first for a major motion picture company. A formal agreement was struck between Warner Bros. and Michael B. Jordan’s production company that ensured diversity both in front of and behind the camera. Just Mercy not only recounts actual history but it made Hollywood history as well.
It had been a long hot day leading up to the virtual Film Club on June 11, but you’d never know it listening to the animated discussion about Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. Fr. David Guffey led the discussion and Fr. Vince Kuna offered his perspectives, as he compared the book with the screen adaptation. Guests were given the chance to have an “around-the-dinner-table” discussion in break-out groups, before a general discussion that touched on Gerwig’s unique and contemporary approach to the classic story, the outstanding acting, character development, cinematography, set design, choreography and even the story’s backdrop: The Civil War.
Over 100 people joined the Film Club’s virtual get together on May 14, featuring Phil Alden Robinson, director and screenwriter of our film of the month, Field of Dreams. The conversation afforded an insider’s view of how the film evolved from a novel to a major motion picture and let us in on the challenges and rewards along the way. A big thank you to Phil Robinson, our guest, Fr. David, our moderator, and all of you who helped create such a wonderful evening.
The Film Club brings together movie lovers for a monthly discussion on a selected film. The 2019-2020 theme is Art of Cinema and with each film is chosen not only for its meaning, but also in the context of a specific aspect of filmmaking (e.g., screenwriting, set decoration). It’s amazing how much more you can see once you begin to appreciate the techniques that make one film stand out from the rest.
The Film Club also hosts two seasonal events: A Holiday Party, featuring a classic Christmas movie, and Oscar Night, where we review the nominated films and vote for our “best picture of the year.” (Our track record for predicting the Oscar has been uncanny.)
The Film Club meets in the Grand Pavilion on the second Thursday of the month from September through May. Our discussions are led by Father David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions.
The Art of Cinema Series: 2019-2020 Season
History of Film
Christmas in Connecticut
Julie & Julia
A Man For All Seasons
*Replaced by virtual Film Club discussions of Groundhog Day (March), Rear Window (April) and Field of Dreams (May).
|January||Stan & Ollie|
|March||A Man of His Word|
|April||Of Gods and Men|
|May||The African Queen|
|October||A Beautiful Mind|
|November||A Man Called Ove|
|December||The Bishops Wife|
|March||Nine to Five|