When: Wednesdays beginning in July, 7-10 p.m.
Where: FE 200
Contact: Donald Zappone, email@example.com or 477-4395; Patrick Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org or 452-8642
Every summer Reel Ministry presents a series films for enjoyment and reflection. After seeing the film, take part in a discussion of the various themes presented and the ways they speak about such things as moral courage, forgiveness, love, faith, grace and redemption.
Films for 2013 include:
- July 3: A Man Named Pearl This film tells the true story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark. In 1976, Pearl took a job in a can factory in Bishopville, S.C. New to this rural southern town, he and his wife Metra looked at a house for sale in an all-white neighborhood. Neighbors in the prospective neighborhood were unwelcoming; a homeowner voiced the collective concern that black people don’t keep up their yards. Stung by the racial stereotype, Pearl is motivated to prove the misguided man wrong and in the process changes the town. Rated G. (IMDb)
- July 10: The Way This film is an inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, a cantankerous American doctor who visits France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez) killed in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, Tom embarks on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son. Rated PG-13. (Christian Film Data Base)
- July 17: High Ground This award-winning documentary is about 11 veterans who set off to climb one of the tallest peaks in the Himalayas to heal the physical and emotional wounds of war. Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, guides this team of wounded veterans on an astounding journey of body and mind. Not Rated. (Wikipedia)
- July 24: Grand Canyon This 1991 film directed by Lawrence Kasden revolves around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds himself in jeopardy in the other’s rough neighborhood. Stars Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Mary McDonnell and Steve Martin. Rated R (IMDb)
- July 31: Silent Night A fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When the cabin is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner. Rated PG. (IMDb)
- August 7: An Unreal Dream* The prospect of unjust imprisonment is a terrifying plight, and we all wonder how we might fare in such a grim circumstance. In 1986, Michael Morton’s young wife was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was accused and convicted of the crime, spending a quarter century in Texas prisons. Watch his powerful journey through despair and abandonment to a greater freedom than most of us know. Not Rated. (IMDb)
*Note: This film debuted at SXSW 2013 and is not yet publicly available. Should the film not yet be available by showtime, we will substitute the film Tender Mercies, an American drama that focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer seeking to turn his life around through his relationship with a young widow and her son in rural Texas. Rated PG (Wikipedia)