I’m jealous of anybody who has time to read. I’m especially jealous of folks who have time to read fifty two books in one year! (more…)
Through a Screen Darkly Blog
But as promised, I’ll be revising the list as I catch up with 2009 releases that I missed during my long hours of writing Raven’s Ladder.
Here are a few thoughts on 2009′s moviegoing year, and the latest version of my list. (more…)
Chances are I’ll make my way to your neighborhood one of these days, if I haven’t already. And I’d love to meet LookingCloser.org readers, and anybody who has ventured into the world of Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, and Raven’s Ladder.
These days, I’ve been delivering presentations on:
- “Following The Auralia Thread” – Writing Fantasy as a Practice of Discovery
- “Beyond Blockbusters” – Entering the Mind of Contemplative Cinema
- “Through a Screen Darkly” – Faith, Discernment, and a Memoir of “Dangerous Moviegoing”
- “How to Chew Your Movies” – Lessons from my Decade as a Film Reviewer
- “Beast and the Beauty” – A Tradition of Magic and Monsters in Storytelling
- “The Eagles are Coming!” – Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Faith
- “We Are Also Five: How to Play Without Ceasing” – The Redemptive Power of Play, Improvisation, and ‘Wasted Time’
Keep in mind: I go where I’m invited. So send me a detailed invitation, and we’ll see what we can do.
Here is my current calendar of speaking engagements.
If you need more details, let me know. If you’re interested in having me share thoughts on faith and art (whether that be movies, fantasy, writing or something else), email me at email@example.com. The calendar’s getting pretty crowded between now and next fall, but we can start penciling things in for late 2010 and 2011…
Laity Lodge, TX
I will join Dr. John Medina (author of Brain Rules), John Wilson (editor of Books and Culture), Julia Kasdorf (poet), Ashley Cleveland and Kenny Greenberg (musicians), and other special guests in this excellent weekend full of inspiration for writers of all kinds. I will be speaking on storytelling, the rewards of improvisational writing, and the benefits of self-inflicted obstructions.
July 13-15, 2012
Christian Summer Writer’s Conference
Gove Hill Retreat Center, Vermont
In the good company of poet and novelist Robert Siegel, I will be talking about storytelling and the power of play.
May 19, 2012
Northwest Christian Writers Renewal
I presented two lectures in one afternoon: “A Box of 64 Crayons: The Redemptive Power of Play” and “Beast and the Beauty: What Fairy Tales and Christ’s Parables Have in Common.”
March 9-11, 2012
The Kindlings WinterFest
Orcas Island, WA
Dr. Lyle Dorsett and I were the keynote speakers, and I presented my talk called “We Are Also Five: How to Play Without Ceasing.”
Friday, February 24
The Lantern Community Church
It was a privilege to accept my first Canadian invitation, and share my “Through a Screen Darkly” lecture with the community at Fire Exit Theater community and The Lantern church.
March 4-6, 2011
IAM Encounter 11
At this conference on the theme “Be Generative,” I’ll be presenting a talk called “I Am Also Five”: sharing a life story about the generative power of play.
March 24, 2011, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park (Seattle)
You’re invited to the Seattle launch party for The Ale Boy’s Feast! Jeffrey will read from the new book and reflect on the sixteen years of writing that brought The Auralia Thread to completion.
April 1, 2011
Imago Film Festival
Judson University, Chicago, IL
I spoke in a chapel assembly, and then presented my “Through a Screen Darkly” lecture at an evening event… even though laryngitis made me sound like Christian Bale’s Batman.
April 2, 2011
Reel Spirituality Conference 2011
Fuller Seminary, Los Angeles, CA
Even though I was stricken with the worst laryngitis of my entire lifetime, I joined Elvis Mitchell, Ralph Winter, Robert K. Johnston, Gareth Higgins, Mark Pinsky, Claudia Puig, Justin Chang, and Carolyn Gordon to discuss “The Death of the Critic.”
April 8, 2011
Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA
I spoke about film criticism to high school students in a media communications class, and then presented my “Through a Screen Darkly” lecture to students and parents at an evening event.
April 14, 2011
The Seattle Chesterton Society, Seattle, WA
March 9-11, 2012
I presented “Beast and the Beauty: A Tradition of Magic and Monsters,” celebrating the ways in which fairy tales, fantasy, and horror stories show us the truth through inspiring and discomforting revelations.
June 23-26, 2011
Laity Lodge Retreat with Rodney Reeves and Jeffrey Overstreet
I’ll be discussing the ways in which contemporary cinema can nourish our lives through encounters with the sacred, with beauty, and with mystery.
July 31-August 7, 2011
The Glen Workshop, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
I’ll lead a week-long seminar on cinema that exemplifies great art even as it investigates questions about the nature, purpose, and power of art.
January 27, 2010
Spokane College Women’s Association luncheon, Spokane, WA
I’ll be speaking about faith, movies, and discernment.
February 8, 2010
The Kindlings Muse, Hale’s Ale’s Pub and Brewery, Seattle, WA
Come enjoy dinner while author and host Dick Staub and film reviewers Greg Wright and Jennifer Spohr talk with me about this year’s Oscar-nominated films in a program called “Theology of Oscar’s Best Pictures.” This is an annual event, and the last few have been a blast. I hope to see you there.
March 4-6, 2010
IAM Encounter, New York, NY
The question that the IAM folks have given me is this: “How shall we then tell stories?”
I plan to talk about storytelling on the page and on the big screen.
March 11, 2010
St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL
I’ll be speaking on movies, page-to-screen adaptations, hero stories, and more.
Food for Thought presentation, Seattle Pacific University
I’ll read from Raven’s Ladderand talk about where the series is headed in its upcoming final volume.
March 18, 2010
Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA
I’ll read from Raven’s Ladder, talk about The Auralia Thread, and sign books.
April 15, 16, 17, 2010
Okay… I’m not on the program at the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing this year. But you should attend it anyway. Be sure to check in with my dear friend Warren Farha at Eighth Day Books. He’ll probably have a copy of Raven’s Ladderfor you. I’ll miss all of my friends who will be there.
August 1-8, 2010
The Glen Workshop, St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM
I’ll lead a week-long seminar on contemplative cinema. We’ll look at how the world’s most poetic filmmakers do what they do, and explore different avenues of discussion and personal interpretation.
October 1-3, 2010
Laity Lodge Writer’s Retreat
February 18-20, 2011
I spoke to an audience of about 2,000 (college students, faculty, and guests) in my first visit to this conference. What a rush! I gave three presentations: A short talk about the power of art; a lecture on the revelatory power of “pagan” fairy tales; and a lecture about “dangerous moviegoing.”
You may have noticed that there are still some “Under Construction” flags planted in various sections of this site. That’s because I’ve been so busy writing The Auralia Thread and chasing other deadlines that I haven’t had much opportunity to complete the process of moving my old website’s material to my new website. (more…)
Let’s draw up a good list of films worth watching and considering on this Veteran’s Day.
My first thought?
Got any advice for first-time visitors to the Netherlands?
With joy and gratitude, Anne and I will be traveling to the Netherlands next week by the invitation of generous friends who have given us tremendous encouragement.
Peter van Dijk and Bart Cusveller, both editors of www.cvfilm.nl, have had a hand in bringing Through a Screen Darkly into a new Dutch translation.
I first encountered Peter when he wrote to me about my review of There Will Be Blood just over a year ago, and then we met at the Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing. I heard from Bart soon after that (he sent me the picture of himself posted above), and met Bart during his visit to Trinity Western University in January.
These two have been working hard to cultivate exciting, progressive conversations about faith and filmmaking. I’m blessed to call them my friends, and I’m thrilled to be working with them during my upcoming visit. I’ll be offering several presentations there: speaking to film students; offering a presentation on Babette’s Feast and then leading a post-screening discussion; and addressing parents and teachers at an educator’s symposium.
If you’re interested in more information, you can find it here: www.cvkoers.nl.
If you’d like to read a translation of the announcement, keep on reading:
If I say “documentaries,” most readers will probably stop reading and move on to something else.
But for those of us who who are enjoying a “golden age” of documentaries, finding that they are often more engaging and rewarding than other kinds of films (Was there a better suspense-thriller last year than Man on Wire?)… here’s a question:
I have this feeling that I’m going to spend the rest of 2009 waiting for a movie that impresses me more than The Class, which opened in Seattle today.
I may not find one.
Yes, that’s a huge, hearty recommendation.