Drury’s humanities film series returns to Moxie Cinema for fourth season

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 19, 2015 — Drury University’s Humanities & Ethics Center has again partnered with the Moxie Cinema in downtown Springfield to host a series of screenings and open discussions at the local independent theater. The Drury Humanities & Arts Film Series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

The film series returns at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 with a talk from Dr. Heidi Backes following a screening of Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The partnership between Drury and the nonprofit Moxie Cinema places a spotlight on films that ask enduring questions about the human condition and adds an open, facilitated discussion to the mix. Before and after each showing, a Drury professor leads a group discussion about the movie’s themes. The post-film discussions are about 30 minutes each. Tickets are $5 and all screenings begin at 1 p.m.

Charlie Chaplin in the 1936 film "Modern Times"

Charlie Chaplin in the 1936 film “Modern Times”

“Although our series still features an eclectic mix of movies, each film connects to our 2015-16 Drury Humanities theme of power,” explains Dr. Kevin Henderson, director of the series and Assistant Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “From machinery devouring Charlie Chaplin in ‘Modern Times’ to South African teens discovering the power of empathy in ‘Tsotsi’ to Jack Nicholson uncovering the corruption of municipal powers in ‘Chinatown,’ these films offer us many ways to discuss what being powerful or powerless does to our humanity.”

2015-15 Schedule

Oct. 24 – “Pan’s Labyrinth” with Dr. Heidi Backes, assistant professor of Spanish

Nov. 7 – “Modern Times” with Dr. Chris Panza, professor of philosophy

Nov. 21 ­– “Tsotsi” with Dr. Erin Kenny, associate professor of anthropology

April 2 – “Chinatown” with Dr. Kevin Henderson, assistant professor of English

April 16 ­– “The Iron Giant” with Steve Carpenter, assistant professor of art/communication

April 23 – “Burnt by the Sun” with Dr. Ray Patton, assistant professor of history

For more information, go to Drury’s Humanities blog Human, All Too Human or www.moxiecinema.com.


Media Contact: Kevin Henderson – Director, Humanities and Arts Film Series. Office: (417) 873-7426; email: khenders@drury.edu.