Film School

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COVID-19 UPDATE
Film School is BACK for 2021! Although COVID is still active, we’re confident that with masks and physical distancing, we can gathering safely in the youth room at St. Thomas. Keep scrolling to get more info about when Film School is returning and what films we’ll be discussing this fall.

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Film School is our Sunday morning spiritual formation class.
We gather at 9:00 am in the basement of St. Thomas Church.
All 7th – 12th graders are

welcome to join us.
And yes, parents can come and see

what it’s all about too!
Film School gathers from mid-September thru mid-May.

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so you just sit in the basement
and do this?

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veg out movies

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Well, not exactly.
We aren’t really all that interested in just watching movies…But we are interested in what story is being told. God is The Great Storyteller.
The Scriptures are filled with story after story (not myths, not legends, not fables) and these Stories tell of God’s People cooperating with God in order to make the world as God wants it to be.

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Sometimes we get it right.
Sometimes we miss the mark.
As we watch films in Film School,
we talk about how the story being
told in the film lines up
(or doesn’t line up)
with The Story that God is telling in Scripture and in our world today.

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OK, but why don’t you do a bible study like other sunday schools?

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bible light shine down

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We do.
We read the Bible in Film School.
Every. Single. Time.
Film School wouldn’t and couldn’t exist without the Bible. Films are the way that our culture today tells its Story and we must always take the opportunity to measure that against God’s Story.

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What films have you done?

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movie collage

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There are too many to list here.
we’ve done animated films, dramas, comedies, super-hero, fantasy, etc. Again, we’re more interested in what Story is being told and not so much the special effects

(but those are awesome too!)
If you’d like to see a full list of films we’ve done over the years…

CLICK HERE

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what films are we doing
this coming year?

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Below you’ll find the slate of films we have chosen for the 2021-2022 season so feel free to watch some trailers and get ready to join us.

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Iron Man
October 3, 10, 17, & 24
It’s the film that started the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. The story of Tony Stark becoming Iron Man is all about redemption, transformation, overcoming obstacles, and forgiveness.

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Knives Out
October 31, November 7, 14, & 21
In all the years of doing Film School, we’ve never done a murder mystery. And this one is one of the best ones ever! Knives Out has an incredible cast and deals with topics of family, revenge, reconciliation, and telling the truth.

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There will be No Film School on Sunday, November 28 due to the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Inside Out
December 5, 12, & 19
Quite possibly the 2nd best Pixar film ever, Inside out deals with the emotions and feelings we all share: joy, sadness, anger, disgust, and fear. We’ll talk about all of them as we discuss this amazing film.

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There will be No Film School on Sunday, December 26 or January 2 due to the Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

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The Village
January 9, 16, 23, & 30
A masterpiece of a film by acclaimed director M. Night Shyamalan, The Village is not the kind of movie that it “seems”. It teaches us about what it means to live a life being fearful of “the world” and the dangers that can come from listening to questionable sources.

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There will be No Film School on Sunday, February 6 due to the St. Thomas Annual Meeting.

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The Truman Show
February 13, 20, & 27
In a film unlike any that Jim Carrey has ever done, The Truman Show explores the nature of who we are as humans, how we can love one another, and what it means to be your own best self.

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The Adjustment Bureau
March 6, 13, 20, & 27
Do you believe you can do anything you want? What would your life look like if you made some minor adjustments? This incredible film explores the idea of free will, relationships, and faith. Don’t miss it.

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There will be No Film School in the month of April due to Easter, Contagion, etc.

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Just Mercy
May 8, 15, 22, & 29
To close our the 2021-22 Film School season, we’ll be taking on the challenging true story of one man seeking justice for inmates on death row in Alabama. We’ll explore the topics of race and racism as well as justice and mercy.

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If you’d like to see a list of films we done in the past please view the

Film School Archives

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have suggestions for movies we should do in the future? just contact Aran Walter <—- click


 
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