THE MOVIES & MEANING EXPERIENCE
presented by The Porch
INFORMATION ON OUR FIFTH ANNUAL GATHERING COMING SOON
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.
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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.
Our fourth annual Movies & Meaning experience in April 2018 was designed for this moment.
Folks were invited to this healing, joyful, challenging, and life-giving experience, which lifted your heart without asking people to switch off their brains. 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, over 300 participants were inspired and challenged by artists and activists who work at the intersection of creativity, peace, spirituality, and social change. Participants told us that they departed with a renewed spirit for social justice and tools for community healing.
Seven movies were 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 wove art throughout our time together as a means of reflection and change-making, learning how to make the world better through substantive action.
The Speaker Lineup
In 2018, our storytellers spanned the worlds of spirituality, storytelling, and activism. Through lecture and Q&A, they guided 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.
2018 Event Schedule
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 be announcing the 2019 event soon, but if you’d like to know more of what we’ve done before, check out the 2018 schedule below. (Click here for the year before, if you want to go back in time...)
Our 2018 Theme: Step Into the Better Story
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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