October 11, 2009

House Lights: Building the roadshow

Does your house of worship sometimes put on a movie night — when they select a film appropriate for the congregation and arrange for everything from a big–enough screen to the snacks (not limited to popcorn)?

Your Projectionist's Unitarian Universalist congregation has its share of movie nights, but they usually come with a condition: They are usually arranged through and presented by one committee or another (such as Interweave, a LGBT concern, or the Racial Concerns Committee) and fit the concerns of that committee.

It would be one thing if your Projectionist could actually "fit" into one of those committees. But he doesn't. He views films as films and not as things to be neatly sorted here and there.

Meanwhile, his dreams for making simple, shoestring–budgeted feature video movies are languishing, because committee–presented movie nights are all he ever hears about at his congregation.

He wants better. And the congregation deserves better.

To that end, he is working on a parallel movie night roadshow, which would showcase movies his fellow congregants rarely (if ever) sees: movies from the underground scene (Damon Packard, Craig Baldwin e.g.), unusual documentaries, features from the open source movie movement (Sita Sings the Blues, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning e.g.), and even something from the Nigerian video movie scene (which hems closes to what Damon Packard does and what the Projectionist wants to do).

There would be a post–credit discussion after the show, but it wouldn't be just about the topic of the movie, but also about how the movie was made — something that might convince congregants that they can join the Projectionist in making original movies instead of going to Blockbuster or the Redbox kiosk (or dashing off yet another Netflix rental order).

Any thoughts? The comments box awaits.

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