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Introductory Movies

Monday, February 18, 2008
Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby

Maggie has been waitressing since she was 13. She sees boxing as a way out when she meets Frankie at a seedy gym.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Considered one of the best military movies of all time, the film deals with honor, love, adultery, injustice, vengenance, and duty.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

Ebert says, "Sophie's Choice is a fine absorbing, wonderfully acted, heartbreaking movie. It is about three people who are faced with a series of choices, some frivolous, some tragic. As they flounder in the bewilderment of being human in an age of madness, they become our friends, and we love them."

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Comedy is the only weapon Guido has to protect his son during the Holocaust. A movie about the human spirit's desire to rescue and make the world a better place for our children.

Weekend Classes and Movies

Friday, February 22, 2008
6:30pm Memorable Movie Moments
Class presented by Sue Thornquist
Movie at 8:30pm
It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night

An utterly beguilling film, sexy in the old-fashioned way.

Saturday, February 23, 2008
10:00am Cartoons for Adults
Discussion led by Wilhelmina Schoger
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The movie that made cinematic history for mixing live action and animation in the same space at the same time.

1:30pm The Biggest Oversight: What Oscar Forgot
Class presented by Debbie Venezia
Movie at 3:00pm
Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

A coal miners son discovers dance much to his father's consternation.

5:00pm Pizza dinner with drink and cookies
5:30pm A Critical Look at the Oscars
Class presented by Josh Larsen and Robert Lentz
Movie at 7:15pm
Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises

This movie is a thriller whose scenes will linger in your mind for a long time.

Sunday, February 24, 2008
12:30pm Oscar Surprise: The Envelope Please...
Food, drink games prizes and a movie


Individual Event Fees

  • Movie (suggested donation): $4
  • Class: $8
  • Pizza, drink & cookie: $5
  • Oscar party & movie: $10


  • Mon-Thu (4 movies): $12
  • Fri-Sat (4 movies, 3 classes): $35

Oscar Festival Pass

  • 9 movies, 3 classes, pizza, and Oscar party: $50

All movies are shown in the Movie Theater (Room 217). Seating is limited to 25.

Register through the church office (630-968-7120) using the form in the festival brochure.

| Festival Brochure (PDF) |

Festival Leaders

Sue Thornquist was the inspiration for the movie festival. She has taught English and Film at Downers Grove South High School for 25 years. She continues to take film classes and is a regular attendee at the Chicago Film Festival and Roger Ebert's Overlooked Movie festival.

Wilhelmina Shoger began writing movie reviews as a junior at the University of Michigan. She and her husband Owen are huge movie buffs.

Deborah Venezia has earned a reputation as a patron of the arts in the Chicagoland area. Realizing that there must be others in the area who shared her passion for cinema, she founded the After Hours Film Society, a not-for-profit organization that regularly brings specialty films to suburban audiences. Meeting twice a month at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, the group has grown over the past 20 years and plays to an average audience of 500 on the second and fourth Monday of every month. In addition, Debbie is the executive director of the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery and chairman of the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville.

Josh Larsen is the movie editor for the Naperville Sun and 13 weekly Sun newspapers including the Downers Grove Sun. His reviews also appear in The Daily Southtown and The American Enterprise Magazine.

Robert Lentz publishes FILMBOBBERY, a quarterly movie magazine featuring reviews, articles and opinions. Two of his books, Lee Marvin: His Film and Career, and Korean War Filmography were published by McFarland and Co. His newest book, Gloria Grahame: Her Films and Career comes out this year. Bob graduated from Hinsdale South in 1978 and from North Central College in 1982 with three majors, English, Speech, and Theatre and Film and Film Criticism. He has worked in various capacities in the film industry and considers himself a film historian.

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