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. 

The Porch is the flagship publication behind the Movies & Meaning Festival. Gathering for our festival is incredible, and The Porch is the way we connect during the other 51 weeks of the year.

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—because crisis drives clicks.

The truth is that the world is not getting worse. We may actually be living in the most peaceable era in human history. But the story we're telling about it could use some help.

Don't get us wrong; the suffering we read about and the experience of it is real. But suffering deserves to be engaged, presented, and contextualized in ways that empower us as readers to repair ourselves and make the world better—not paralyze us or convince us that it's all going to hell.

The Porch is a magazine that steps into possibility: of a more beautiful world, of ways of seeing and being, not by avoiding the pain that does exist, but by being attentive to a way of talking about it that has the potential to heal. We'd love to welcome you to the conversation.