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SpiritDance Film Festival

Last Wednesday (4/2/14), we hosted the very first SpiritDance Film Festival. This was the culmination of our yearlong Spirituality and Film series and was intended to be an evening of reflection and appreciation of six different student films that had been made by Colorado College students concerning spiritual or religious themes. Many people came out to the Celeste Theater to see these films, which included:

Spiritual Life at CC, by the Communications Office and Arielle Mari. A documentary-esque profile of the active spiritual life of Colorado College students.

Enlightenment, by Courtney Blackmer-Raynolds and Emilia Whitmer. A documentary on the healing power of body-based psychotherapy.

Pilgrim, by Ben Grund. A spiritual travelogue following twelve student pilgrims as they traveled across Ireland and Scotland, following the footprints of Celtic Catholic saints.

Tremble, by Ben Grund. An experimental science-fiction following three scientists in their disturbing journey to find God in another dimension.

More After This, by Bennett Krishock and Will Schube. A stylistic exploration of fate and chance through the eyes of disillusioned private schooler.

Roots, by Arielle Mari. A documentary originally part of an art installation that explored spirituality and ancestry in India.

The filmmakers all gathered onstage afterwards for a short Q and A session with the audience. People asked great questions and really got into the conversation about what we were trying to say with these stories. Overall, a wonderful experience for both filmmakers and audiences to explore the spirituality involved in the creations of these young students.