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Centenary United Methodist Church presents Faith in Films

January 30, 2013

Emmie Wilson Birkas or “Butter” as she’s best known loves film, and for the past five years she’s brought her passion for cinema to a fascinating series at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. It’s called Faith in Films with free screenings and discussion every Sunday in February beginning at 2:00pm. This Sunday is Ross McElwee’s Time Indefinite. Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man is the following week, and this season Errol Morris’s Gates of Heaven and French filmmaker Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil round out the series which will explore the relationship of cinema to religion as a co-belief system.

Butter has selected Duke Professor of fiction and nonfiction film making Gary Hawkins to give the pre-screening lectures and to moderate discussions following each film. Gary is the screenwriter on Joe, a motion picture produced in the fall of 2012, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Nicholas Cage. Butter says that with his vast experience in filmmaking, teaching, and writing about film, Gary will provide Centenary movie-goers with the perfect insider’s look at film.

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