‘Movies that make you feel better’ in Edwards
Edwards CO, Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado “-Despite all the good things about the Vail Valley, Eagle resident Scott Winnegrad said it’s sometimes hard to forge authentic connections with others. That’s why he jumped on the chance to attend the first Spiritual Cinema event, held last month at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.
“It’s my feeling that there are people who would appreciate more meaningful gatherings with others in the community. They just don’t know where to go to find it,” he said.
It’s with that goal ” developing a spiritual community ” that local counselor and Vail Daily columnist Catherine Zeeb started the free monthly series, which takes place the last Friday of each month. Right now she plans to host another three Spiritual Cinema nights, and more “if people continue to come.”
“Offering Spiritual Cinema, for me, was a way to bring people together ” the seekers and the questioners ” to offer them an avenue to meet others who seek and question,” she said. “(It’s) a fun hour filled with hope and inspiration, hopefully giving people something to think about in their own lives ” how they deal with situations, where they may be judgmental, how they can examine their own states of being.”
Zeeb, owner of Bohemian Wisdom, gets the movies monthly from Spiritual Cinema Circle (www.spiritualcinemacircle.com). The Louisville-based company distributes inspirational films that often never make it to wide release.
Arielle Ford, one of the founding partners of Spiritual Cinema Circle, said that for $21 a month, subscribers get a DVD with four movies, generally two short films, a documentary and a feature film. It’s fairly common for subscribers to show the films in small group settings. Though the company no longer keeps track of such statistics, at one time they had “200 small community groups that would watch the films together and have discussions,” Ford said.
The company has an “acquisition team” that travels to film festivals around the world to find the movies, Ford said. And 90 percent of the time they are films that haven’t been released in theaters.
“It’s movies about inspiration, love, hope, compassion,” Ford said. “Basically movies that make you feel better about being a human being after you’ve watched them.”
Winnegrad said the movies he saw last month at Spiritual Cinema were “surprisingly entertaining.”
“I kind of went in thinking that I might need to put myself in a certain frame of mind to appreciate the films but right off, the first movie was engaging, entertaining and evocative even,” he said.
Nearly 40 people showed up for the first event, which impressed both Zeeb and Winnegrad.
“It was an impressive turnout for a first time event, without much word of mouth,” Winnegrad said.
He plans on attending Spiritual Cinema, which takes place Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. He hopes to find “the same energy” as last month, he said.
“What’s really nice about these gatherings is it’s an opportunity to develop a spiritual community in the Vail Valley,” Winnegrad said. “It’s nice to have some place to go to have some authentic connection with others.”
High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Spiritual Cinema
Where: Colorado Mountain College, room 204, Edwards
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free. Canned food donation suggested.
More information: 970-376-6660
– “We Were One” ” This short film blends humor with serious spiritual catharsis as we remember that we truly were (and are) one. (10 minutes)
– “Dance with Me” ” A gift from a magical stranger provides a husband with an incredible opportunity to remember just how much he loves his wife. (10 minutes)
– “Paper Roses” ” A heartwarming short film about loves lost and found and how the circle of life always comes around. (16 minutes)
– “Flirting with Death” ” In this fun, dark comedy, a man living with an utterly uninspiring life unexpectedly meets death ” and she is gorgeous. (22 minutes)
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