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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Meet the Team

Gareth Higgins, Founding Director

Gareth was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in North Carolina. As a storyteller, retreat leader, and festival director, Gareth writes and speaks about the power of stories to shape our lives for better or worse, connection to the earth, cinema and the power of dreams, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He's happy to be a work in progress, and you can find him at

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Jasmin Morrell, Festival Producer

Jasmin is a writer and editorial consultant living in Asheville, North Carolina. Passionate about the power of story and imagination to foster healing, she has served as the Communications Director for The Wild Goose Festival and Love Wins Ministries. She is also a collaborating editor and writer for The Porch Magazine. She believes in beauty, radical hospitality, and deep laughter.


Brian Ammons, Community Director

Brian Ammons is tuned into how the community is coming together and helps keep things on track. He facilitates conversations leading up to and throughout the festival. He's sort of the border collie keeping us together and moving through the process. Brian is the Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. He's particularly interested in stories that make the familiar strange and invite us into new possibilities.