Film Club 2020–21
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Will you go to to Hugo?
Thursday, Sep. 10 | 7:00 p.m. | via Zoom

The Film Club’s 2020-2021 Art of Cinema series debuts on September 10: our topic will be sound and we’ll be featuring the charming 2011 movie, Hugo. The film earned a slew of Oscar nominations (11), winning five, including two for sound—best sound editing and best sound mixing. Add to that three other wins for cinematography and visual effects (topics to be discussed later in the season) plus art direction and Hugo became a “natural” for our season opener.hugo

 

Hugo is Martin Scorsese’s first foray into the adventure genre. Set in the 1930s, the film recounts the exploits of an orphaned boy who lives alone in a Parisian railroad station. One of his adventures is an intriguing mystery surrounding the real-life film pioneer, Georges Méliès, adding a little film history to the mix.

 

Fr. David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions will lead our discussion and we invite you to join in. You can find the Zoom information below. Remember, we won’t be seeing Hugo together. If you haven’t already seen it, you can stream it before we meet on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes or Vudu.

 

 Instructions on how to participate with us:
Device: Directions:
Desk or Laptop Computer:  

Click this direct link:
https://zoom.us/j/98420536729?pwd=QXRyekJVU3hEeDYyd0hOYWtxSUV4Zz09

Smartphone or Tablet:  

From the Zoom app**, enter:

Meeting ID: 984 2053 6729

Password: 015284
Telephone:
(i.e. landline or simple cellphone)
 

Dial: 1-669-900-9128 

Then enter:

Meeting ID: 984 2053 6729

Password: 015284
 **These are the links to download the Zoom app to your smartphone or tablet depending on your device: Apple (iPhone or iPad) or Android (e.g., Samsung, Google, LG, etc.)

 

 

HEY, WHO DO YOU KNOW…? Fr. David and the Film Club would be thrilled to receive your recommendations for guest speakers who are involved in some aspect of film making. If you know someone who you think would be an interesting guest, contact with your suggestions.

 

Delis Alejandro, (310) 566-1530 or   

Will you go to to Hugo?
Thursday, Sep. 10 | 7:00 p.m. | via Zoom

The Film Club’s 2020-2021 Art of Cinema series debuts on September 10: our topic will be sound and we’ll be featuring the charming 2011 movie, Hugo. The film earned a slew of Oscar nominations (11), winning five, including two for sound—best sound editing and best sound mixing. Add to that three other wins for cinematography and visual effects (topics to be discussed later in the season) plus art direction and Hugo became a “natural” for our season opener.hugo

 

Hugo is Martin Scorsese’s first foray into the adventure genre. Set in the 1930s, the film recounts the exploits of an orphaned boy who lives alone in a Parisian railroad station. One of his adventures is an intriguing mystery surrounding the real-life film pioneer, Georges Méliès, adding a little film history to the mix.

 

Fr. David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions will lead our discussion and we invite you to join in. You can find the Zoom information below. Remember, we won’t be seeing Hugo together. If you haven’t already seen it, you can stream it before we meet on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes or Vudu.

 

 Instructions on how to participate with us:
Device: Directions:
Desk or Laptop Computer:  

Click this direct link:
https://zoom.us/j/98420536729?pwd=QXRyekJVU3hEeDYyd0hOYWtxSUV4Zz09

Smartphone or Tablet:  

From the Zoom app**, enter:

Meeting ID: 984 2053 6729

Password: 015284
Telephone:
(i.e. landline or simple cellphone)
 

Dial: 1-669-900-9128 

Then enter:

Meeting ID: 984 2053 6729

Password: 015284
 **These are the links to download the Zoom app to your smartphone or tablet depending on your device: Apple (iPhone or iPad) or Android (e.g., Samsung, Google, LG, etc.)

 

 

HEY, WHO DO YOU KNOW…? Fr. David and the Film Club would be thrilled to receive your recommendations for guest speakers who are involved in some aspect of film making. If you know someone who you think would be an interesting guest, contact with your suggestions.

 

About Film Club

What is Film Club?
Screenings with Meanings

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.

 

Season Schedule

 

 2020-2021 Film Club Schedule  

 Date Topic Film
September 10 Sound Hugo
October 8 Original Musical Score The Mission
November 12 Costume Design Julie & Julia
December 10 Holiday O, Henry's Full House
January 14 Cinematography 1 Lawrence of Arabia
February 11 Cinematography 2 Amelie
March 11 Visual Effects TBD
April 8 Oscars  
May 13 Multiple Categories A Man for All Seasons

 

 

That's a Wrap!

Just Mercy

The film, Just Mercy, was the focus of July’s virtual Film Club. Based on an actual case in the early career of Byron Stevenson, now an acclaimed public interest lawyer, the film shows not only Stevenson’s unbending desire to seek justice and mercy but also gives the viewer an unsettling glimpse of what it’s like to be helplessly and unjustly accused or imprisoned. The film, set in 1980s Alabama, portrays a justice system that often delivered just the opposite to the poor and people of color.

 

Joining in the conversation led by Fr. David Guffey, CSC, Director, Family Theater Productions, was Monsignor Torgerson and 77 Film Club followers eager to share their reactions to the movie. Fr. Guffey said, “Great storytelling in film offers us a way to live inside the life of other people to share in their experiences and so widen our perspective on life. Though the real events on which the film was based occurred over 30 years ago, the issues of race-based prejudice are remarkably contemporary. This makes the film especially important now. It is important to have the conversation we had at Film Club. It will be important to continue the conversations about race as we listen to the stories of people most affected, and together envision ways of reform based on the universal dignity of every person as a beloved child of God.”

 

Many also commented about Bryon Stevenson and his inspirational life’s work. One person said, “When you look at what he decided to do, you have to believe that he was guided by the Holy Spirit.” The Monsignor commented, “As a young man, he could have written his ticket and gone to any important law firm. Instead, he chose a more difficult and rewarding path.”

 

Indeed, Bryon Stevenson is the hero of the film and his work continues today. You may be interested in reading about two of his recent projects—a memorial and a museum in Montgomery, AL—designed to recognize the suffering of many while serving as a catalyst for informed, societal change. Click on the links to find interesting stories about The Legacy Museum and the Memorial to Peace and Justice.

 

The Film Club will not be discussing a movie with you in August so we can take the time to prepare for next season when our Art of Cinema series returns. We’ll be giving you news as it evolves at stmonica.net/filmclub—and we can hardly wait (as the old song goes…) to see you in September.

 

Little Women

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. 

Click Here to view the Discussion Guide for Little Women

 

Field of Dreams
It’s true. If you build it…they will come
  • 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.

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Archive

  • The Art of Cinema Series: 2019-2020 Season            

     

    September

     

    History of Film

     October

     

    The Apartment 

    Screenwriting

     November

     

    Vertigo

    Mis-en-scene

     

    December

     

    Christmas in Connecticut

     January

     

    City Slickers

    Set Decoration

     

    February

     

    Oscar Night

     March

     

    Julie & Julia*

    Costume Design

     April

     

    Darkest Hour*

    Makeup

    May

     

    A Man For All Seasons

    Classic*

     

    *Replaced by virtual Film Club discussions of Groundhog Day (March), Rear Window (April) and Field of Dreams (May).

     

    2018-2019 Season
    September Gravity
    October Cinema Paradiso
    November Hidden Figures
    December White Christmas
    January Stan & Ollie
    February Oscar Night
    March A Man of His Word
    April Of Gods and Men
    May The African Queen

     

     

    2017-2018 Season
    September The Way
    October A Beautiful Mind
    November A Man Called Ove
    December The Bishops Wife
    January The Post
    February Oscar Night
    March  Nine to Five
    April  Inside Out
    May Roman Holiday

     


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