THE MOVIES & MEANING EXPERIENCE
presented by The Porch
April 26-28, 2018
Movies & Meaning was founded in 2015 as a gathering of people around art and activism—those who desire to heal our personal and cultural wounds as a diverse community, laugh and cry around the “campfire experience” of great movies, and gain tools for constructive, respectful, and thoughtful dialogue across boundaries of religion, class, race, and age.
Registration is open now!
About Movies & Meaning
These days the noise of bad, fake, and hurtful stories is loud, harsh, and sometimes overwhelming. The task of creating our better world seems large and difficult to hold. And many people we’ve talked to just seem, for lack of a better word, tired.
This April, our fourth annual Movies & Meaning experience is designed for this moment.
You’re invited to this healing, joyful, challenging, and life-giving experience, which will lift your heart without asking you to switch off your brain. The Movies & Meaning experience is an experimental community where we practice being the way we want the world to be. It's a gathering undertaken in hope.
Over three days, up to 500 participants will be inspired and challenged by artists and activists who work at the intersection of creativity, peace, spirituality, and social change. Participants will walk away with a renewed spirit for social justice and tools for community healing.
Seven movies will be paired with seven activities, serving as touchstones, inviting us to wonder, dream, and reflect on our world and our active place in making it. Unlike typical film festivals, instead of passive viewing, Movies & Meaning creates a space for engagement and transformation. We'll weave art throughout our time together as a means of reflection and change-making, learning how to make the world better through substantive action.
The Festival Speaker Lineup
In 2018, our festival speakers span the worlds of spirituality, storytelling, and activism. Through lecture and Q&A, they'll guide us to engage more fully in the world, honor the brilliant diversity of human stories and experiences, and work to undo suffering and oppression in all its forms—both inside and out.
At Movies & Meaning, we experience story and light as the building blocks of community, pairing screenings of iconic, overlooked, and new films with special guest appearances, conversations, connecting with one another, and gaining tools for social change. We'll post the 2018 festival schedule soon - check out last year's schedule below.
Our 2017 Theme: Hope in the Dark
We'll announce the theme for 2018 shortly, but to learn more about the kind of festival you can expect, read more about the 2017 theme: One of our favorite writers and activists, Rebecca Solnit, once wrote a book, Hope in the Dark, about how to avoid the tendency to despair amid uncertain times by changing the way we look at things. She has inspired us to make this the theme of the 2017 Movies & Meaning Festival.
In Hope in the Dark, Solnit invites us to celebrate the victories we've already seen—the path toward making peace among all, to steward the earth well, to honor the stories and undo the oppression faced by marginalized people—and to enjoy the many beauties of life along the way.
This may be even more necessary in times when it's difficult to see the possibility of good things.
These days, things may seem bleak, and some of us may feel disempowered. But despair is not a strategy for the future. Telling hopeful stories and building hopeful community will help us get where we need to go. What better time than now to assemble in community, to experience life-affirming, world-changing, heart-expanding creativity in each other's company?
You don't have to rent a car to get the most out of this event.
There are several hotel and motel options within walking distance from our venue, and loads of restaurant options downtown. Local accommodations range from budget friendly hostels to treat-yourself B&Bs. Make your weekend your own!
Festival registration is for the full three day event and gets you admission to the entire experience, from Thursday evening to late Saturday night. We offer a sliding scale to make the experience accessible, and we're serious when we say we don't money to be a barrier for anyone who wants to attend. If the minimum sliding scale amount us beyond your reach, contact us and we'll let you know how to spread the cost of attending for as little as $15 a month. Click here to contact us.
We are committed to Movies & Meaning being good for the earth, for the people who attend and participate, and for those who share in its ownership. We seek the common good, we prioritize historically marginalized voices (women, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people), and are committed to ecologically sustainable, fair trade, and living wage and/or fair exchange policies for contractors, employees and volunteers.
Movies & Meaning is more than a film festival, a conference, or a retreat. It’s a dream space, a laboratory for a more beautiful world. More reasons to join in? Here are three:
1: With a strong focus on using film to transform communities, Movies & Meaning can amplify your ongoing work as a teacher, leader, and student.
2: Movies & Meaning offers a humane vision of the world and helps you actually walk the talk throughout the weekend, and throughout the rest of your year.
3: We'll be gathering in a beautiful theatre, which will show off the films at their best.
Trust us—this is a gorgeous place to watch films.
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