TWU presents an evening of experimental film and theological debate

TWU Faculty Development and the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) will host a screening of Logos Mysterium, an experimental and thought-provoking film conceived and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ned Vankevich.

Back by popular demand after its premiere screening last year, the film explores the meaning of the Greek word “logos.”

A vast array of found footage, music, and poetic wordplay are combined to illuminate more than 60 meanings — ranging from the simple to the profound.

The footage, mostly black-and-white 16mm film clips and photographs from the 1920s to 1950s, was amassed by Vankevich, a self-proclaimed “collector of extraordinary things," over several years of research.

A collage of words, evocative images ranging from water ballet to war propaganda, and varied musical styles such as 1920s folk and gospel, chanting, and a child’s music box, the film layers haunting depictions of humanity with ponderings of the divine.

“It depicts a world of the human and the divine, where ecstasy meets the everyday,” Vankevich reflects.

“How does logos function, and where is God, in a world filled with the sublime and beautiful, but also the ugly and sinful?”

Also a published author, Vankevich has received numerous awards for his work in film and television. He is an associate professor and Director of Film Studies at SAMC’s Department of Media + Communication.

Featured panelists reflecting on the film’s deeper meanings are Terry Lindvall, Ph.D., published film scholar and C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College; and Iwan Russell-Jones, D.Phil., Head of Christianity and the Arts at Regent College and former BBCproducer/director.

The 45-minute film screens Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Northwest Auditorium at Trinity Western University. Free admission.  For more details about this event or about the film program at SAMC, email samc@twu.ca or visit www.twu.ca/samc

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