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Dinner and a Doc

Our family has had a difficult last few months.  A few weeks before Christmas, we learned that we will not be able to adopt the baby girl we have been fostering, and though she will be going home to a good situation, we are all very saddened that she will not be a part of our family.  Then, just after Christmas, my wife’s grandfather passed away, expectedly, but still painfully, and our home was saddened once again. 

Because of these and other things, my wife and I have decided that our family needs to take a break from some of our activities so that we can have a chance to take care of each other and to recover ourselves a little.  So, at least for a few months, we will not be holding our Dinner and a Doc events.  Hopefully, at some point, we will resume them, or something like them, but for now we feel that it is best for us to have our attention on more important things.

We really appreciate all those who have attended the events over the years.  We have fond memories of sharing those times with you.  And, of course, if any of you need your documentary fix, feel free to drop by any time.

We will be screening Paul Saltzman’s Prom Night in Mississippi for Dinner and a Doc this November the 12th. The film portrays the story of the 2008 prom at Charlston High School in Mississippi, which Morgan Freeman offers to fund if it will be the first racially integrated prom in the school’s history. In the course of events, the film also explores the current state of race relations in the American south. Here are a few links for those who would like to see more about the film:

1) The official website for the film;
2) An interview with director, Paul Saltzman; and
3) An interview with Morgan Freedom.

We will meet as usual at First Baptist Church, Guelph, which is located at 255 Woolwich Street, eating at 5:30 and beginning the film at about 6:00. There is no childcare, so children are only welcome if their parents will supervise them during the film. Please post a comment or send me an email to let me know if you will be coming and if you would like to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Here is the schedule for upcoming months:

December 10th – Off for Christmas
January 14th – South of the Border by Oliver Stone
February 11th – Vernon, Florida by Errol Morris

Dinner and a Doc will resume this October the 15th. We will be screening Brett Morgan’s Chicago 10, which tells the story of the eight people who were charged in relation to protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the two lawyers who represented them. The film is unique as a documentary because it works extensively with written transcripts of the trial that are read by voice actors and then animated. Here are a few links for those who would like to see more about the film:

1) The official trailer for the film;
2) The official website of director Brett Morgan; and
3) An inteview with director Brett Morgan.

Because of the very new addition of a baby girl to our family, my wife will not be available to run any activities for children this year, so children are only welcome if parents are willing to supervise them during the film.

We will meet as usual at First Baptist Church, Guelph, which is located at 255 Woolwich Street, eating at 5:30 and beginning the film at about 6:00. Please post a comment or send me an email to let me know if you will be coming and if you would like to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Here is the schedule for upcoming months:

November 12th – Prom Night in Mississippi by Paul Saltzman
December 10th – Off for Christmas
January 14th – South of the Border by Oliver Stone

I will need to postpone Dinner and a Doc this month.  I apologize for leaving the announcement so late, but I was hoping that some family matters (good and exciting matters, but still time consuming) might clear up in time to hold our screening on its usual date.  Unfortunately, our family’s schedule remains very much unclear, and would be impossible for me to schedule something else this weekend.  I will announce the new date as soon as I can, and I am sorry if I have inconvenienced anyone by canceling so close to the date.

On June 11th we will have our last Dinner and a Doc before the summer break.  We will screen Pietra Brettkelly’s The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, which follows Vanessa Beecroft, an installation artist who works primarily with the human form, as she goes through the process of adopting two orphaned Sudanese twins, Madit and Mongor Akot, exploring how this decision changes her art. Just as a warning to parents, the film does contain some nudity. Here are a few links for those who would like to see more about the film:

1) The official trailer for the film;
2) The official website of the film; and
3) One of Vanessa Beecroft’s art installations – VB61.

We will be meeting at First Baptist Church, Guelph, which is located at 255 Woolwich Street, eating at 5:30 and beginning the film at about 6:00. Please post a comment or send me an email to let me know if you will be coming and if you would like to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Here is the schedule for upcoming months:

July/August – Off for the summer
September 10th – Chicago Ten by Brett Morgan
October 8th – Prom Night in Mississippi by Paul Saltzman

For May 14th’s Dinner and a Doc we will be screening For the Bible Tells Me So by Daniel Karslake.  The film explores the intersection of religious belief and homosexuality in America through the experiences of what the website describes as “five very normal, very Christian, very American families.” Here are a few links for those who would like to see more about the film:

1) The official trailer for the film;
2) An interview with director Daniel Karslake; and
3) The official website of the film.

We will be meeting at First Baptist Church, Guelph, which is located at 255 Woolwich Street, eating at 5:30 and beginning the film at about 6:00. Please post a comment or send me an email to let me know if you will be coming and if you would like to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Here is the schedule for upcoming months:
June 11th – The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly
July/August – Off for the summer
September 10th – Chicago Ten by Brett Morgan

April’s edition of Dinner and a Doc is this coming Saturday the 9th. We will be screening Capturing Reality by Pepita Ferrari, a film that explores how documentaries are made and the function that they play in our culture us understood by those who make them, including interviews with documentary filmmakers like Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Albert Maysles, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nick Broomfield. Here are a few links for those who would like to see more about the film:

1) The offcial website of the film with additional interview footage and other material;
2) The official trailer for the film; and
3) An interview with the director Pepita Ferrari conducted by Colin Marshall.

We will be meeting at First Baptist Church, Guelph, which is located at 255 Woolwich Street, eating at 5:30 and beginning the film at about 6:00. Please post a comment or send me an email to let me know if you will be coming and if you would like to bring something to contribute to the meal.

Here is the schedule for upcoming months:
May 14th – For the Bible Tells Me So by Daniel Karslake
June 11th – The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins by Pietra Brettkelly
July/August – Off for the summer