Movies & Meaning

Storytelling • Healing • Art • Justice

Announcing something hugely exciting: the Movies and Meaning Festival will take place from May 28th-31st, 2015, in Albuquerque, NM. Magical cinema, extraordinary guests, inclusive community, meaningful conversation, beautiful landscape and dance parties! Only 300 spaces will be available for this amazing experience. Get tickets here.


Cinema has been around for over a century, which means there are thousands of magnificent masterpieces that elevate the mind and soul, and also that the art form is just getting started. In a world of infinite content, often dominated by blockbuster superficiality, Movies and Meaning helps you find the best films to watch, talk about, and be inspired by. We recommend three movies each week - one for the multiplex, one at the art house, and one to watch at home.


The Movies and Meaning newsletter is published weekly, and emailed directly to our subscribers, who include some of the most discerning film viewers in the US. Our curators use their discerning eyes to discover the very best movies out there, and send you their recommendations, along with links to the best film writing around.

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Image credit: The Thin Red Line (1998, dir. Terrence Malick) We love it and you can buy it here

The Movies & Meaning Festival, presented by The Porch magazine, unites people for a weekend of art, storytelling, and transformation—and gives attendees tools for social justice work and community healing.

This April 27-30, join the growing global movement for healing, justice, and reconciliation with a  community tackling these things with humor and grace. Our speakers include Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple; Brian McLaren, author, activist, and theologian; Malidoma Somé, West African elder and teacher; Mona Haydar, poet and activist; and Gareth Higgins, film critic, peace activist, and Irish storyteller.

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Each week we offer a few film recommendations and notes on art, cultural healing, and social justice. We also offer first-looks at our festival lineup and special offers on tickets and magazines. Join in the fun! We'll never share your information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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The flagship publication behind Movies & Meaning, The Porch is a slow and substantive conversation in a world of publications rushing to out-publish, out-shout, and out-do each other to convince readers that the world is in crisis.