As my past articles illustrate, I've always been fascinated by movies. There has always been the 'how did they do that?' factor of special effects, the 'I know people like that' factor of social behavior and, of course, the 'did someone sell my life story to Ridley Scott?' factor of being able to relate to something on a deeply personal level.
When I was in college I had the pleasure of putting down my abacus and stone tablets and attending an 'Introduction To Film’ class that forever changed the way I think and feel about movies. For me, it became an art form as important as painting, sculpture, music or literature (especially those mind altering Mad Libs).
At my previous church, a partner and I taught a 'Faith and Film' class for about a decade. In our class, we screened new and classic films and then discussed them from a spiritual perspective. It was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, things I've ever experienced.
I felt the need to try something like that again, so I’ve started ‘The Billings Film Society.’ I hope to find like minded people who enjoy watching films, but also celebrating the history and art form of film. We currently have a small but dedicated group that meets regularly. My goal is to meet up twice a month. Once to see a new release in a theatre and once to watch a classic or overlooked gem at one of our member’s homes.
I'm not stressing the 'faith' part this time around, because I truly welcome EVERYONE. As the films are shown completely uncensored, I would suggest leaving the kiddos at home.
If you're interested in films, you can check out our meetup group here or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org– or, of course, look for me at a CMYK Gathering.