Violent Movies and Kids Program May 16
Controversial movie highlights program on violence
May 8, 2006
On Tuesday, May 16, there will be a special program discussing the 1999 movie, "Fight Club", which starred Brad Pitt, and has become a kind of cult classic movie with kids. The free program is entitled, “Violence and Meaning in Brad Pitt’s ‘Fight Club’. Why Movies Matter”. It is being presented by The Sublette County Library Foundation and the Enrichment Program/BOCES.
Mary Keller will discuss whether the film’s tragic element promotes senseless violence or raises deeper questions about modern life.
The program starts at 7:00 pm at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale and is free to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call Laurie Latta: 367-4682
Fight Club, a 1999 film about young men who pursue violence as an escape from the emptiness of their lives, remains a cult classic among American youth. In her talk, Keller looks at the movie within the context of age-old stories about the quest for identity. Clips from the film will accompany a discussion of whether the film’s tragic element promotes violence or raises deeper questions about modern life.
Keller, a Cody resident, teaches world religions for the University of Wyoming outreach school. She holds a Ph.D. in religion from Syracuse University.
Keller’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities through its 2006 Humanities Forum. Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents. Major funding for the council comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions.