Introducing the Christianity & Film Symposium

Next week, Transpositions will be hosting a symposium on Christianity and film. Topics will range from the cinematic poetry of Stan Brakhage (Brett Potter), to the soteriology of The Avengers (Preston Yancey), to cinema’s anamnestic function in films such as Of Gods and Men (Cole Matson). The symposium will wrap up with a book review exploring the influence of American Protestants on Hollywood.

The full schedule includes:

Monday, 29 October: ‘Visionary Film: The Apocalyptic Eye of Stan Brakhage’ – Brett Potter, PhD candidate in Theology, Art & Culture at Toronto School of Theology, reveals the cinematic poetry of director Stan Brakhage.

Wednesday, 31 October: The Avengers’ Accidental Icon’ – Regular contributor Preston Yancey asks how the soteriology of The Avengers compares to the Christian soteriology presented in the film’s ‘accidental icon’.

Friday, 2 November: Of Gods and Men: Film as Liturgical Remembrance’ – In honour of All Saints’ and All Souls’, regular contributor Cole Matson examines how film can help a community remember its saints and honour its dead.

Saturday, 3 November: ‘Review: Reforming Hollywood‘ – Regular contributor Chris Brewer reviews William Romanowski’s book Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies.

We hope you will join us in this examination of how Christians have interacted with film, and the potential cinema has to enrich the understanding and practice of the Christian faith.


  • Cole Matson is an actor, producer, and arts administrator. He received his PhD from the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts in 2016.

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  1. says: Kirsten

    I’m sorry, will this be on-line or is it in a particular location? Would love to see a Christian Film Festival happen in the Boston area.

  2. says: Cole Matson

    All Transpositions symposia, unless otherwise mentioned, take place on our blog. The first two posts have gone up, and the second two will go up Friday and Saturday.

    Kirsten, I hope you can start one!

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