Media Arts Program

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The University at Buffalo's Poetry Collection and Westminister Presbyterian Church and St. Joseph's Church


Presented at:

The Wildness of Holy Love: Two films by
Krzysztof Kieslowski
8:30 a.m.: Coffee & rolls.
9:00-10:15 a.m.:

Three Colors: Blue (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
Film, panel, & discussion.


10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:
Heaven (Tom Tykwer/Krzysztof Kieslowski, 2002)
Film, panel, & discussion.
Roy M. Anker,
professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, is the author of Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies (Eerdmans, 2004). In this superb book, Anker shows that while filmmakers have usually taken up residence in a pretty thoroughly secular universe, a whole host of films-past and present-have tried to illuminate the inescapable big questions about the possibility of God. Anker approaches these films as religious in a broad sense, contending that they recognize the actuality of a loving divine presence that aids people in peril, confusion, and general lostness. Anker is adept at identifying moments when grace befalls unlikely and unsuspecting people in surprising and unforeseeable ways that are beyond human prediction, conception, or charting (The Christian Century).

The annual Spirituality & the Arts series began four years ago as a collaboration among Westminster Presbyterian Church, St. JosephÍs University Church, and The Poetry Collection at UB. In past years the series has featured the art forms of poetry, painting/sculpture, and music. The purpose of these public presentations is to create a conversation about the ways in which the life of the spirit finds expression in the life of the imagination through artistic forms. Besides visiting speakers, panels of local experts and audience participation are central to the event. For further information call Westminster Presbyterian Church: 716-884-9437.

Some publications related to this event:
November and December, 2006 - 2006