After a typical movie screening, most people shuffle out of the rows, murmuring to their own groups. There's no time to discuss the thoughts and emotions that ran through everyone's minds while watching the big screen. But after the Carolina Public Humanities Spring Cinema School series, you can. In fact, they hope you do.
The first of four different movie showings at the Chelsea Theater is scheduled to take place on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. featuring the 1976 film, "All the President’s Men.” After the film, conversation will be guided by UNC doctoral student Kirsten Adams.
The Cinema School series began as an opportunity to connect UNC scholars with the general public, and to spark a conversation about topics presented in film, said Rachel Schaevitz, associate director for state outreach and strategic partnerships with Carolina Public Humanities.
“We're super overcommitted — we have our phones in front of our faces constantly, we're just always trying to multitask and do a million things, and when you see a movie in a theater it's one of the only times left when we really put our phones away and turn them off and have a chance to just focus on one thing for a couple hours,” Schaevitz said. “No matter what film we're talking about there's value in just being together, reacting to art together, having a conversation together, that I think is really valuable.”
In its fourth year running, Schaevitz said the theme of this season of Cinema School is connected with elections and is especially timely with the upcoming presidential election this year. However, instead of discussing the politics of today, Schaevitz said the interest is in exploring all the different ways Hollywood has depicted past elections.