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C. S. Lewis and Film

Saturday Seminar

Evelyn Hall
Bay View Campus, Bay View, Michigan
Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:00 a.m.
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9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Session One: David Downing

The Lion, the Wizard, and the Ticketmaster


David Downing

Encouraging audience participation, this session will compare and contrast clips from various film and television adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia Chronicles in order to assess the power of visual media to both enhance and distort the creativity of Tolkien and Lewis.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Session Two: Crystal Downing

The Sins of Cinema: Sayers’s Own MeToo Movement


Crystal Downing

Using photographs relevant to the life of Dorothy L. Sayers, including stills from movies she relished, this presentation demonstrates how the strengths and weaknesses of cinema influenced Sayers’s life and art, turning her into the author of a controversial text that C. S. Lewis considered to be one of the four most important influences on his spiritual life.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Session Three: Chip Duncan

Premiere screening of new film The Roundtable


Chip Duncan

Documentary filmmaker Chip Duncan will feature a video roundtable discussion featuring interviews with renowned Lewis & Tolkien scholars.  Drawing upon never-before- seen materials from his previous public broadcasting documentaries*, The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination and The Quest for Meaning, this unique selection features notables such as Christopher Mitchell, Reza Aslan and Michael Ward. All three scholars have been featured keynote speakers at previous Lewis festival. They discuss on camera specific themes and characters from the literature of Tolkien and Lewis.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Session Four: Roundtable Discussion

Moderated by C.S. Lewis Festival Co-founder and Author Sarah Arthur


Sarah Arthur

All of the featured speakers of the day will participate in a roundtable discussion moderated by Sarah Arthur.

* Co-produced with Lewis Festival co-founder David Crouse.