Documentary Film as Facilitator

Aug 18, 2018


Documentary Film as Facilitator: Storytelling, Influence and Civil Discourse
A Chautauqua Film and Food Festival

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With crowdsourcing, social media campaigns and new distribution channels, films aimed at effecting social and cultural change have found audiences unlike any time in the history of the art form. But how do we measure the impact of such films — from changing minds to changing policy? To close the 2018 season, filmmakers and film lovers gather for a weeklong festival featuring screenings and conversations in venues throughout the grounds, all alongside the Institution’s renowned lecture and arts programs. We consider the filmmaker’s role and intentions as artist, storyteller, journalist, advocate and activist; the business decisions that influence the distribution and marketing campaigns behind such films; and the effectiveness of films to create empathy — and prompt action — in its audiences.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Intersection of Cinema and Religious Values

Religious values continue to be a potent influence in the minds of young, contemporary filmmakers in modern America. How have these filmmakers navigated the difficult and sensitive waters of religion to bring these films to the screen? What effects are these films having? In this week we will witness the power of the visual narrative to change hearts and minds.


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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 19, 2018 10:45am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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Vespers: Winnie Varghese

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Vespers: Winnie Varghese

Aug 19, 2018 4:00pm

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 20, 2018 9:15am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Dan Karslake

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Dan Karslake

Aug 20, 2018 2:00pm

Daniel Karslake, a seventh generation Chautauquan, is an award-winning director and producer whose work deals with social justice issues.  He directed and produced FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, a feature documentary about the intersection of religion and homosexuality, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win twelve “best documentary” audience awards at prestigious festivals around the world.  Following the film’s theatrical premiere at the Chautauqua Cinema, the film screened in more than 140 markets across America and was shortlisted for a 2008 Academy Award.  FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO has since been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide, and in 2010 it was recognized by Entertainment Weekly magazine as “one of five documentaries that has changed the world.” 

Dan’s second feature, EVERY THREE SECONDS, is about the potential in each of us to play a significant role in the ending of hunger and poverty, and was directly inspired by a sermon he had heard at Chautauqua.

Karslake, who lives in Berlin with his husband Russell Anderson, is currently working on two films: a follow-up to FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO called FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, which will explore the intersection of religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and HITLER’S MAN IN HOLLYWOOD, an examination of the surprising control that the Nazis had over Hollywood in the 1930’s.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 21, 2018 9:15am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Michael Calabria

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Michael Calabria

Aug 21, 2018 2:00pm

Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar and founding director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu/CAIS). He holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies (Johns Hopkins), an MA in Egyptology (Brown University), an M. Div/MA in Theology (Washington Theological Union), and a PhD in Islamic Studies (University of Exeter, UK).  Professor Calabria teaches courses on Islam, the Qur’an, Christian-Muslim Relations, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Art and Architecture, and Women in the Middle East.  

Rev. Dr. Calabria served as a consultant for the 2017 film about St. Francis in Egypt titled: The Sultan and the Saint (Unity Productions Foundation), and for the 2012 film: In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: a Model for Peacemaking (Franciscan Media)Among his most recent articles are: “The Unorthodox Orthodoxy of Shah Jahan: a Reassessment of His Religiosity” (South Asia, Sept. 2018), “Shah Jahan and Taawwūf” (Festschrift for Paul Jackson, SJ, 2018), “By the Book: Women as Calligraphers and Patrons of the Qur’an” (2018) and “Seeing Stars: Islamic Decorative Motifs in the Basilica of St. Francis” (Betti Editrice, 2017). 

Fr. Michael also serves as the Special Assistant for Dialogue with Islam for the Order of Friars Minor.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 22, 2018 9:15am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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Morning Lecture Series: Ann Hornaday

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Morning Lecture Series: Ann Hornaday

Aug 22, 2018 10:45am

In a career as a film critic that spans more than two decades, Ann Hornaday has reviewed more than 1,500 movies. Currently a film critic at The Washington Post, Hornaday is also the author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies.

Hornaday began her career at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, then worked as a freelance writer in New York City where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at The Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at the Post in 2002. 

Hornaday was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in criticism, “for her perceptive movie reviews and essays, reflecting solid research and an easy, engaging style.”

Hornaday is a graduate of Smith College.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Macky Alston

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Macky Alston

Aug 22, 2018 2:00pm

Macky Alston’s first film, Family Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV.  Since then he has directed Questioning Faith (premiered Full Frame & Hot Docs International Film Festivals, aired HBO/Cinemax 2002), The Killer Within (premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, aired Discovery Times 2007), and Hard Road Home (premiered South by Southwest 2007, aired PBS’ Independent Lens 2008). Alston most recently directed Love Free or Die, a feature film about openly gay bishop Gene Robinson and the international firestorm his consecration sparked, which premiered and won the Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS' Independent Lens series.

Alston’s awards include the Gotham Open Palm Award and Emmy nominations for three of his films.  He has appeared in press around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times. You can learn more about his film work at mackyalston.com.

Alston also serves as Senior Vice President for Prophetic and Creative Leadership at Auburn Seminary. There, he directs a program that equips leaders of faith and moral courage to speak out for justice through the media and oversees the Hartley Media Impact Initiative, working to get the best documentaries to faith communities to help them imagine a better world and bring it into being. You can learn more about Auburn's work at AuburnSeminary.org.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 23, 2018 9:15am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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