Friday, September 21, 2007

Announcing: Film+Faith Blog-a-thon, November 7th-9th

Art has always been about faith. Early art filled the walls of temples and other places of religious ritual. In fact, the church used to be the primary patron of the arts, whether it be the visual art, drama, literature, or music. In the history of art, the film genre is one of the youngest forms of art, yet in today's world the movies play a big part of our life and how we see and understand the world. There are ways the visual image of film can deeply touch and impact our soul and ways we view the world.

As the film medium has been used to entertain, inspire, escape, understand other cultures, to make political statements, I believe it still frequently says something about faith, God, and other spiritual ideas.

As film has carved out it's own unique place in the arts, I'm asking people to delve into the religious and faith themes that have developed in the last 100 years of film. Perhaps there is a unique film that has resonated with your soul, or maybe offended your spiritual thoughts so deeply. Maybe you would want to discuss the role religion has played on the development of film art. Or maybe there is the faith of a film character that has stuck with you for a long time.

Whether it's a film, a character, a theme, a director, or a performer, I ask you on November 7th-9th, 2007, to take some time to delve into the world of faith + film and write some of your own thoughts, memories, and experiences.

During those three days, I will also create a running list of links to your blog posts on the topic. So when you write them, send the link my way, either by e-mail or in the comment section. Also, let me know if you're interested and I will send out reminders as the Faith+Film Blog-a-thon gets closer.

25 comments:

Scott Roche said...

This is a mondo cool idea!

matt singley said...

I'm in!

cinefille said...

Cool! I'll do it!

J.D. said...

I actually know what I'm gonna do! Yay!

Chase Roper said...

Sounds like a blast. I'm In!

Renegade Eye said...

I don't plan to blog on that subject, I will read others postings.

Had fun last night at a screening of the new Cronenberg movie. No religion there.

Really good blog.

Michael Parsons said...

I am in.....now for ideas

Will said...

Count me in, RC! Great idea.

Scott Roche said...
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Scott Roche said...

Hope this encourages you and tells you what I think of your blog.

Jeremy said...

This is a very interesting topic I'm in as well.

jasdye said...

i have no idea yet, although i am bustling with a few (maybe i can dedicate a good part of october to watching movies again).

count me in, rc, eh?

is that so wrong? said...

count me in...! I already have the perfect film in mind....

Kamikaze Camel said...

I'm in! It's a shame I've already discussed Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. I feel sort like that's one of the few times I've taken on a big topic and actually articulated myself well. Or perhaps I didn't and I'm remembering things poorly.

I hope to come up with a great topic though.

kat said...

Sounds like an interesting project. Count me in. (Though I warn you I'll probably take a left turn on the topic.)

Fox said...

I'm in too! Great idea!

Matthew R Walker said...

I am soooo in!

Brooke Cloudbuster said...

Totally in. Knowing my luck, somebody's stolen my idea! Gragh

Rick said...

I'm in - who's bringing popcorn?

Marco Acevedo said...

What a great subject for a blogathon! I hope to post on this at my film blog The Last Palace by tomorrow. Count me in. (FYI I found out about this through the latest Film Couch podcast at Spout.)

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