Institute of Sacred Music Great Hall, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will present a varied series of lectures, demonstrations, and film screenings this year in its Good Moves! Film Series. The series will investigate the cultural ideals expressed by religion and music on film. Free parking is available.
Thursday, October 16 at 1:30 pm. The first event in the series is a lecture by Ronald L. Grimes, Professor of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, who will address the question “What does shooting do to rites, to those who enact them, and to those who shoot them?” The lecture, liberally illustrated with film clips, is entitled “Shooting Rites.”
Thursday, October 23, 5:30 pm (preceded by refreshments at 5:15), Yale faculty composer Martin Bresnick will discuss writing the film score for Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. Since the Prophet Muhammad may not be depicted visually, nor can music accompany any part of the Q’uran, the holy book of Islam, the project presented the composer with special responsibilities, challenges, and rewards. The film will be shown in its entirety.
Nov. 1 As part of a symposium with the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, ISM Director Margot Fassler will discuss the video Work and Pray: Living the Psalms with the Nuns of Regina Laudis, which she produced and directed. To register for the symposium, call 203/432-5180.
Thursday, November 6, 5:30 pm (preceded by refreshments at 5:15), Carl Dreyer’s Danish classic Ordet will be shown in its entirety with English subtitles. It will be introduced by Yale Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Louis Dupré, for whom this religious film about the mystery of faith as the believer experiences it remains both the most religious, and also the most moving film ever made.
February 26, 2004 (preceded by refreshments at 5:15): Rounding out the series will be a screening of Fellini’s masterpiece 8 ½ introduced by Rev. Mark Villano, Associate Chaplain of St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale.