Stone Church Center in Bellows Falls Adds Film Series

BWLLOWS FALLS, VERMONT - Stone Church Center in Bellows Falls is expanding its music and retreat offerings to include a monthly film series. Stone Church Films (SCF), a program of Stone Church Arts, will present films in high definition on a broad range of subjects, including art, classics, dance, music, planet, society, spirituality, and theater. Films will be screened in the beautiful Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, the stone church on the hill, 20 Church Street in Bellows Falls.

Stone Church Film is also a film society with an annual subscription fee of $75. A Facebook discussion group for film society members will soon become available. The $75 annual fee includes two season tickets to all our films, September through May. Films are scheduled 2-4 times/month. The schedule opens with two free (donations accepted) films.

On October 26: Vision – From the Life of Hildegard of Bingen, the story of twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen—a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, visionary, composer and polymath—directed by New German Cinema legend Margarethe von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa. This screening is in preparation of our weekend residential retreat on Hildegard, December 14-16.

On November 2: A Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue, a beautifully filmed documentary in which John O'Donohue explains the importance of landscape in Celtic spirituality.

On November 16: The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which follows, over the course of a year, the story of one of the refugees, an 8-year-old boy called Mir, who lives in a cave among the ruins. It is also the story of the more than 25 years that Afghanistan has been at war. Over two million civilians have been killed during that time. And how, in March 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed the tallest stone statues in the world, the ‘Buddhas of Bamiyan.’ Tickets are $10.

On November 30: Exhibition on Screen comes to SCF with Degas, A Passion for Perfection. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind. Tickets are $10.

Other films coming up in the new year in the Exhibitions on Film series include The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (January 29) and Young Picasso (February 22).

Seating is limited to 50 patrons. Films will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday evenings, with a possible second showing scheduled if sold out. Advance ticket purchase recommended online at www.stonechurcharts.

All films will be shown in the Chapel at Immanuel Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Refreshments, including popcorn, will be available, and often films will be followed by a short break and discussion. For more information on Stone Church Film, please call our box office at 802-460-0110 or visit our website, www.stonechurcharts, and click on Films.