AU Film Series exposes students to a variety of movie classics

For several years, the AU Film Series has presented movies on campus to introduce students to different film genres and to spark conversations about different topics and themes. Each film is followed by a discussion led by an AU faculty member who has special insight about the subject matter. The film series was started by Gerald Butters, Professor of History, who has an extensive background in film.

“I love to share films with others.  I believe that there is something visceral and emotional about films that can teach us about being human,” said Butters. He plans the series a year in advance to complement educational themes that are being promoted on campus and coordinates  post-film discussions with faculty members who identify with the different films.

The theme for this year’s film series is “Questions of Faith.” On Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m., “The Seventh Seal” will be shown in Perry Theatre. In the 1957 film, a man seeks answers about life, death and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Butters chooses films that he believes will be of interest to a diverse audience. Each series usually includes a classic film, foreign film, and an independent film. “Going to college is not just about being in class.  There are many experiences on our university campus that are great learning activities,” said Butters. “The film series is one of these.”

This spring, three other films will be presented: “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness,” “Within Our Gates” and Higher Ground.” For more information or to RSVP for film showings, visit auartsandideas.com.