When dialoguing with friends and film experts in hopes of finding an innovative way to incorporate the short film medium with our Front Porch model for constructive conversation, we ran across local artists’ advocate Matson Duncan, who offered us an idea too perfect to pass up: What if we hosted a "film church?" Drawing inspiration from a Sundance Film Festival panel of the same name, Matson reminded us that churchgoers and moviegoers have a lot in common. Just as a church congregation watches in reverent attention as a lesson is unfolded, so does the movie audience. Both involve elements of storytelling, music, and visual marvel. And both places– churches and theaters– allow us to further our connections between one another through shared experiences and responses. Our first ever Front Porch Film Church will take place in Kinsolving Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on 5 consecutive Friday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, beginning February 27th and ending March 27th. Each will feature a screening of a short film hosted by The Front Porch and one of Austin’s leading film experts. Since each of our guides to the silver screen will certainly have their own perspective and choice of film, it’s our hope that this series, our Lenten celebration, will help us approach film more thoughtfully and intentionally after hearing so many different points of view. For our first meet up on February 27th, Lars Nilsen, programmer for Austin Film Society, will curate the 2014 short film, "The Karman Line." Directed by Oscar Sharp, this magnificent film follows the story of a 40-ish mom who begins levitating ever so slightly, sliding slowly into space while her family and friends minister to her. A deeply moving metaphor for terminal illness, impressive storytelling and fine acting performances make The Karman Line an excellent candidate for our pilot run on this series, and Lars is a true film aficionado, with a style that he describes on the Austin Film Society’s website as, “equal parts information, humor, and enthusiasm.” Come on that very special Friday evening to find out more!
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