The CSJ center hosts the Justice and Spirituality on Screen Series annually, which engages questions of faith and culture through the lens of modern cinema. There are monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with industry experts, community partners and LMU faculty/staff.
The 2022-2023 CSJ Center Justice and Spirituality on Screen series includes:
- September 28, 2022 - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
- October 26, 2022 - Soul (2020) - Discussion and Q&A
- November 16, 2022 - Endangered (2022) - Discussion and Q&A
- February 1, 2023 (Symposium) - Personhood (2019) - Register
- March 15, 2023 - Selena (1997) - Register
- April 12, 2023 – Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Register
All screenings and discussions take place at the Playa Vista campus on the date indicated at 7pm. Visit our event page for specific details on each event.
The 2021-2022 CSJ Center Justice and Spirituality on Screen series includes:
- October 6, 2021 - The Breadwinner - (2017) - Discussion and Q&A
- November 10, 2021 - Coded Bias (2020) - Discussion and Q&A
- December 1, 2021 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) - Discussion and Q&A
- February 2, 2022 (Symposium) - Clip Night: American Trial and Films - CANCELLED
- February 23, 2022 - Cabin in the Sky (1943) - Discussion and Q&A
- March 9, 2022 – A Thousand Pieces of Gold (1990) - Discussion and Q&A
- April 6, 2022 - Real Women Have Curves (2002) - Discussion and Q&A
All screenings and discussion take place at the Playa Vista campus on the date indicated at 3pm. Visit our event page for specific details on each event.
2020 - 2021 Film Series
Tuesday Nights, 7pm– 8pm, via Facebook Live
• September 8, 2020 - V for Vendetta (2005)
• October 6, 2020 - Juan of the Dead (2010)
• November 10, 2020 - Powwow Highway (1989)
• January 19, 2021 - Do the Right Thing (1989)
• April 6, 2021 - Princess Mononoke (1997)
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.