Engage Film through the Lens of Faith at Sundance

Participate in one of the premiere film events in the world—the Sundance Film Festival—as an immersive experience in public theology. Spend a full week in the mountain resort of Park City, Utah, engaging theologically with one of our culture’s primary shaping forces: the movies. This course investigates some of the social, religious, aesthetic, ethical, and psychological implications of international, independent film for theology. In turn, it seeks to engage in a theological dialogue/critique with these movies in order to explore the kind of gospel demonstration and articulation demanded by fiercely “glocal” contexts that are increasingly defined by a “spiritual-but-not-religious” ethos.

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In order to make this the most affordable, yet very extensive way to experience Sundance, the faith community in Park City provides overnight accommodations with host families and a centrally located classroom venue. Each day you will attend 2–4 films, participate in extended filmmaker Q&As, engage in discussions with industry professionals and cultural commentators, and use your festival credential to explore numerous venues and off-screen events in Park City.

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January 21—28, 2018


Students: $450 program fee (collected at time of registration), in addition to tuition for course credit
Participants: $1200 program fee (collected at sign up)

Related academic class:

TC588 Engaging Independent Film


Kutter Callaway, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture
Assisted by Will Stoller-Lee, Director, Fuller Colorado

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Waiting in Line is the Best Part

One participant reflects on the conversations that emerge at Sundance
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Sundance Quote Andrew Neel
The intellectual rigor of the faculty and other Fuller participants forced me to be an attentive film viewer if I was going to participate in the discussions that took place—some of our post-film conversations were as enjoyable as the films themselves. Being encouraged by that kind of Christian community is what immersion courses like Sundance are all about.

–Andrew C. Neel, Participant

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