Program Details

Summer Film Series: Six Films, Six Paramitas


with Kevin Townley
June 20 / 8:00 PM - August 1 / 10:00 PM

Join us for a fun, irreverent look at the Six Paramitas (transcendent actions) through the lens of six classics films! Come for the movie, stay for the discussion afterwards looking at the ways in which the Paramitas manifest in the films...and how they get gummed up by neurosis. There will most likely be popcorn, too!


Register to reserve a space and let us know which film you're planning on attending in the Comments field. (Note: there will be no film on July 4th.)


$10 suggested at the door.



6/20 GENEROSITY: Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945)


Joan Crawford stars in this classic noir as a mother who will do anything for her ungrateful daughter...but will she stop at murder?


6/27 DISCIPLINE: Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)


TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray), is forced to live the same Feb. 2 over and over again until he gains some karmic – and comic – insight into his life.


7/11 PATIENCE: Black Narcissus (Powell & Pressburger, 1947)


A group of nuns attempting to establish a hospital/school high in the Himalayas are haunted by buried memories and unfulfilled yearnings which are conjured up by the vast horizon.


7/18 EXERTION: Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh, 2008)


Sally Hawkins plays an eternally-optimistic teacher living in North London. But will she be able to keep her frown upside down after her bike is stolen and she's forced to take driving lessons from the grouchiest instructor ever?


7/25 MEDITATION: Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)


On an isolated island retreat, a young nurse cares for a famous actress who's gone suddenly mute. As their relationship becomes strained the border between dream and reality becomes blurred.


8/1 WISDOM: Being There (Hal Ashby, 1979)


Chance, a simple gardener, has never left the estate until his employer dies. His TV-informed utterances are mistaken for profundity as he unexpectedly takes Washington DC by storm.



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