Great independent films. Great conversations with the filmmakers.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018
7 – 9 PM (doors: 6:30 PM)
BEAHIVE / 291 Main St
“Intimate… kaleidoscopic… we see personal notes of grace and meaning.”
— New York Times
“A lavish demonstration of religion’s visual power… a great movie for jaded atheist urbanites… grand and imposing… charming… absolutely beautiful.”
— The Stranger (Seattle)
Q&A with executive producer Bill Baker (former WNET president) after the screening
Sacred premiers on PBS Dec 10
Milestones of a Spiritual Life
Directed by Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon and shot by more than 40 filmmaking teams around the world, Sacred immerses the viewer in the daily use of faith and spiritual practice.
At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, this film explores faith as primary human experience, and how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life.
Lennon commissioned or sourced footage from top independent filmmakers from more than 25 countries — and a wide range of religious traditions — each team contributing a single scene. The film, sweeping in its global reach, yet intensely intimate, is a tour de force that unifies these scenes into a single work, told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.
Lennon has been nominated four times for an Academy Award, winning in 2007.
William F. Baker
Bill Baker directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University. He is also a distinguished professor of management at IESE Business School (Barcelona) and president emeritus of WNET-Thirteen, New York’s public television station.
Bill served as the CEO of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation for 20 years. As a commercial broadcaster, he helped start many cable networks, launched both Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, and helped start the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.
He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two Columbia Dupont Journalism Awards, and is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary, The Face: Jesus in Art. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness (2008) and hosts the series of the same name on public television. He is also the co-author of Every Leader is an Artist (2012) and Down the Tube: An Insider’s Account of the Failure of American Television (1998).
He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Case Western Reserve University and seven honorary doctorates from universities in America and Europe, including Fordham. His interests include astronomy, horology, and polar science. He is believed to be the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South poles.
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