Movies & Meaning

Storytelling • Healing • Art • Justice

This April 26-28, 2018, at the lovely Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina, we will gather and hear from special guests Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color PurpleBrian McLaren, author and theologian; and Gareth Higgins, film critic and Irish peace activist. We’ll screen seven movies, hear seven stories, and participate in seven activities proven to nurture community, restore hope, and build a bridge to the kind of world so many of us seek. We’ll do it in the setting of one of the most beautiful and creative small cities in the world, in a lovely theatre, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, places to stay, and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll make new friends, see astonishing big screen art, and pick up fuel for the journey of living more whole in uncertain times. 

Movies & Meaning builds a better world through telling better stories. We gather 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. 


Re-writing Your Life: A One Day Workshop

Sunday, April 29, 2018

In addition to the Movies & Meaning Experience April 26th-28th, we're announcing an extremely rare opportunity...An intimate workshop...A step on the path to a better world...

With a small group of travelers, guided by writers, artists, teachers and activists...

Re-writing Your Life: A One Day Workshop with Special Guests Alice Walker and James McLeary, co-facilitated by Gareth Higgins, Jasmin Pittman Morrell, Micky ScottBey Jones, and Brian Ammons. For more information, or to register, click below. 


Movies & Meaning came as a complete surprise to me. I had no idea how the films would impact me emotionally, be so thought and soul provoking, and leave me transformed in ways unexpected.
— 2017 Movies & Meaning Attendee

We are born into stories, many of which rely on oppositional energy: who we are against, what we don’t like, who to exclude. These stories don’t work, but the noise of damaging stories has only gotten harsher, louder, and more overwhelming. The task of creating our better world seems too large and difficult to hold. And many people we’ve talked to just seem, for lack of a better word, tired

Our fourth annual Movies & Meaning Experience this April 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.

This April 26-28, 2018, at the lovely Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina, we will gather and hear from special guests Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color PurpleBrian McLaren, author and theologian; and Gareth Higgins, film critic and Irish peace activist. We’ll screen seven movies, hear seven stories, and participate in seven activities proven to nurture community, restore hope, and build a bridge to the kind of world so many of us seek. We’ll do it in the setting of one of the most beautiful and creative small cities in the world, in a lovely theatre, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, places to stay, and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll make new friends, see astonishing big screen art, and pick up fuel for the journey of living more whole in uncertain times. 

Epic and intimate, serious and funny, inspirational and relaxed: this community is ready to welcome you.

Click here to learn more or to register for the experience.

A wonderful opportunity to see spectacular films, and a time to meet and reflect with people from all over the world.
— 2017 Movies & Meaning Attendee

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