Jesus Film Festival

After several successful seasons of showcasing unique religious films to the community, we are pleased to offer a film festival dealing with the life of the most important person of history--Jesus. Five films will be screened over the day and a half event. You are sure to find something in the lineup of Jesus depictions that will capture your interest. From the dramatic events surrounding His birth, to His life and timeless teaching, the story of Jesus is not only fascinating but transformative. So join us for all or any showing of this completely free event. 

November 30 - December 1

Friday Evening

4-6 PM  -- The Nativity Story (Catherine Hardwicke) 2006 -- Length:  101 Minutes

A chronicle of the perilous journey of a young couple, Mary and Joseph, who must travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph''s ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King Herod. It is a journey of over 100 miles, through treacherous terrain, made much more difficult by the fact that Mary is nine months pregnant.

 

7-10 PM -- The Gospel According to Saint Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini) 1964 -- Length: 137 Minutes

Biblical drama follows the life of Jesus Christ as depicted in the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. Much of the dialogue in the Italian film hews closely to the text, which focuses on the teachings of Jesus, including his parables, and on their revolutionary nature. As Jesus travels along the coast of the Sea of Galilee, he gradually gathers more followers, leading him into direct conflict with the authorities.

 

Saturday: 

1:30-5 PM -- The Gospel According To John (Peter Saville) 2003 -- Length: 180 Minutes

Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration.

 

6-9 PM -- The Robe (Henry Koster) 1953 -- Length: 135 Minutes

In this biblical epic, a drunk and disillusioned Roman, Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton), wins Jesus' robe in a dice game after the crucifixion. Marcellus has never been a man of faith like his slave, Demetrius (Victor Mature), but when Demetrius escapes with the robe, Marcellus experiences disturbing visions and feels guilty for his actions. Convinced that destroying the robe will cure him, Marcellus sets out to find Demetrius -- and discovers his Christian faith along the way.

 

9:30-Midnight -- Jesus of Montreal (Denys Arcand) 1989 -- Length: 118 Minutes

This unconventional Canadian film focuses on an acting troupe hired to stage a Passion play about the life of Jesus. Led by Daniel (Lothaire Bluteau), the actors, all struggling with their own issues, work on a bold interpretation of the Biblical tale that challenges accepted Christian thinking and brings a burst of outrage from the Roman Catholic priests who recruited them. As the story progresses, Daniel's life starts to echo the trials of Jesus in unexpected and poignant ways.