The CSJ center hosts a Justice and Spirituality on Screen Series annually, which engages questions of faith and culture through the lens of modern cinema.
2019-2020 Film Series
Tuesday Nights, 7pm– 9pm, Playa Vista Campus
• September 3, 2019 - Artificial Intelligence in Film and Television (various film clips)
• October 1, 2019 - Ready Player One (2018)
• November 5, 2019 - Ghost in the Shell (1995)
• February 4, 2020 - “Technology and the Human Imagination” as part of CSJ Center 2020 Symposium
- 21st Century Technology: Creative Possibilities and Ethical Conundrums
• March 10, 2020 - Elysium (2013)
• April 7, 2020 - Big Hero 6 (2014)
(Co-sponsored with Center for Religion and Spirituality, SFTV, Marymount Institute and the Alumni Association)
Incredibles 2 on March 28, 2019 (St. Joseph's Center in Orange County)
An engaging conversation featuring a diverse panel concluded the film:
- Moderator: Michael McNaught, Assistant Director, LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality
- Elsy Arevalo '97, M.A. '12, Instructor and Assistant Director, LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality
- Lindsey Burris, COO, Givsum, Inc.
- Daniel McNaught '09, Writer
- Lisa D. Ramirez J.D. '00, Co-founder, U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP
- Jonathan Roumie, Actor, Call of Duty, God of War
About Cinema and Sacrament
This film series explores current topics of faith and culture through the lens of modern Cinema. Open to the general public, screenings conclude with a reception and discussion with filmmakers and scholars. Cinema and Sacrament is sponsored by the LMU Casassa Legacy Society, Center for Religion and Spirituality, College of Communication and Fine Arts, CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice, Heritage Association of Retired Faculty and Staff, Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts, and School of Film and Television.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Cinema and Sacrament Film Screening: "Oh, God!," the 1977 comedy by director Carl Reiner, starring George Burns and John Denver. A light reception and discussion will follow. Speakers will be announced at a later date.
Oh, God! is a comedy film starring George Burns and John Denver. Based on a novel of the same name by Avery Corman, the film was directed by Carl Reiner from a screenplay written by Larry Gelbart. The story centres on unassuming supermarket manager Jerry Landers (Denver), chosen by God (Burns) to spread his message despite the skepticism of the media, religious authorities, and Landers' own wife (Teri Garr).
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cinema and Sacrament Film Screening: "The Railway Man," a 2013 British–Australian film set against World War II and directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. A light reception and discussion will follow. Speakers will be announced at a later date.
The Railway Man is an adaptation of the autobiography of the same name by Eric Lomax, and stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013. Eric Lomax (Firth) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a Japanese POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway north of the Malay Peninsula. Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, with the help of his wife Patti (Kidman) and best friend Finlay (Skarsgård), Lomax decides to find and confront one of his captors who had escaped prosecution as a war criminal.