THE REAPING Visual Review - Visual Hollywood

THE REAPING Visual Review - Visual Hollywood

KEY TALENTOur Artists Are Our LiberatorsSusan DowneyProducer, and thewife of RobertDowney Jr.Original Music byJohn Frizzell.Won BMI Film MusicAward for: Beavisand Butt-Head DoAmerica (1996)Joel SilverProducer,practicallyreinventing theaction film genre inthe 1980s

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTActors areLiberators UnawareHilary Ann Swankis a two-time Academy Award-winning actress. Her Hollywoodfilm career began with a smallpart in Buffy the Vampire Slayer(1992) and then a major part inThe Next Karate Kid (1994),where she played Julie Pierce,the first female protégé of thesensei Mr. Miyagi. She hasbecome known for her twoOscar-winning performances:first as Brandon Teena, atransgender man in the movieBoys Don't Cry, and astruggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, inMillion Dollar Baby.

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTAnnaSophia Robb(born December 8, 1993) is anfilm and television actress, aswell as occasional singer. Shebecame known in 2005, afterstarring roles in the familyfilms Because of Winn-Dixieand the box office successCharlie and the ChocolateFactory. Robb subsequentlyappeared in 2007's Bridge toTerabithia, and is scheduledto star in several moreHollywood films the sameyear.Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,and even think. Can there be any better gifts?

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTFilmmakers are Revolutionaries,Not Just EntertainersSTEPHEN HOPKINS(Director)won an Emmy Award for hisdirectorial work on the criticallyacclaimed biopic “The Life andDeath of Peter Sellers,” starringGeoffrey Rush, Charlize Theronand Emily Watson. The filmgarnered a total of 16 Emmynominations, winning nine, andwas also nominated for fourGolden Globes, winning two,including Best Motion PictureMade for Television. Hopkins wasalso nominated for a DGA Awardand the Cannes Film FestivalPalme d’Or.

TRIVIA AND NEWSMovie Making is the Convergenceof Many Talents and Art FormsDid you know that The score wasoriginally written by Philip Glass, andwent as far as the recording. However,the producers weren't completelysatisfied and decided to give it anothertry. John Frizzell was then brought into compose a new score.Filming for the movie took place in andaround Baton Rouge, , Louisiana. WhenHurricane Katrina appeared midshoot(August 26, 2005), the production ofthe film was suspended for one week.Producers considered shooting inanother city, , but decided thatLouisiana needed the economic benefitof the movie being shot there.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISStories are TransformingSince her family was tragically killed, Katherine Winter (HilarySwank) has battled against religious faith, including her own.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISAll Kids are Born ArtisticWhat is Natural is EssentialThe former Christian missionary has become a university professorand a world-renowned expert at refuting religious phenomena.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISStories Embody the Essenceof Being HumanWhen Doug (David Morrissey) approaches her to investigate eventsat a small Louisiana town that appears to have been struck by theten Biblical plagues, she accepts the challenge.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISCinematic Story Telling is aProfoundly Humanizing endeavor.With everyone in the town pointing to a little girl named Loren(AnnaSophia Robb) as the source of the dark forces that threatenthe community, Katherine’s investigation turns even more bizarre.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISFilm making is aCommunity Event.As she begins to have difficulty explaining the occurrences withscientific evidence, she realizes that she may have to look deeperwithin herself and reclaim her faith if she is ever to understand theomens that surround her.

CRITICAL OPINIONFree Artistic Expression is a Mark of a Free SocietyThe Reaping takes the subjectmatter seriously, and it is quitesuspenseful--Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.comDrags on interminably through allthe plagues and then adds a newone.--Andrea Chase ,Killer MovieReviewsReligious horror with multipleshocks but little substance.--Kirk Honeycutt, HollywoodReporterThe horror film has becomeHollywood's primary vehicle foraddressing matters of faith.--Justin Chang, Variety

Film Review by David BruceTHE REAPINGArt is the Language of LiberationFaith needs Doubt. Doubt should be animportant part of faith. Doubt can be both testit and reinforce it. This film speaks to that.Kurt Vonnegut said of Faith without Doubt:“Say what you will about the sweet miracle ofunquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for itterrifying and absolutely vile!” And Eric Hofferwarns, “Absolute faith corrupts as absolutelyas absolute power.”Any Rabbi will tell you that ‘Israel’ means “onewho wrestles with God.” Wrestling with yourfaith was the very identity of the ancientHebrew people, and so it should be for us. AsOliver Wendell Holmes Jr. once wrote, “Tohave doubted one's own first principles is themark of a civilized man.”

FINDING TRUTH INTHE REAPINGSociety is only as free as its arts. Art isthe voice of human freedom.If you would be a real seeker after truth, itis necessary that at least once in your lifeyou doubt, as far as possible, all things.--Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)There are two ways to slide easilythrough life; to believe everything or todoubt everything. Both ways save usfrom thinking.--Alfred Korzybski (1879 - 1950)Just think of the tragedy of teachingchildren not to doubt.--Clarence DarrowWhere there is hatred, let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon. Wherethere is doubt, faith.--Saint Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226)

LIFE CONNECTIONS INTHE REAPINGArt is a Liberating ForceThe character of Katherine Winter is based on real-life skeptics andscientists that take on unnatural occurrences and miracles.Producer Joel Silver says, “All over the world, people are drawn tothe idea of miracles. Even when scientists try to explain them away,it usually fails to dissuade the faithful. It’s all part of the classicstruggle between science (honest skepticism) and the will to believe(faith).”Faith that asks questions is healthier than a faith that never does.

WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANTTo Restrict Creativity is to Restrictthe very Nature of the Creator"The meaning of life is the most urgent ofquestions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author KimberlyBlessing points out that movies can help us reflecton five of life’s most important questions:1) What is reality and how can I know it?2) How can I find my true identity?3) What the significance of my interactions withothers?4) What’s the point of my life?5) How ought I to live my life?The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies canand must play an essential role helping us explorethe meaning of our existence and our life together.No other quest is more necessary or important.Movies are powerful. Movies bring personalmeaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.Visual Hollywood takesan existential approachto life. We celebratewith human freedom.We use movies and thearts as a means ofunderstanding thehuman condition andour collective relation tothe world around us.Our basic quest is:1. To know what itmeans to be human inthe world.2. The pursuit of humanfreedom.

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