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Movie Nights for Teens: Winter 2020

Lives on Film II

Movies that tell the stories of remarkable lives...

from Searching for Bobby Fischer

from Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

As in our fall series, we're leaving behind the age of silvery black-&-white photography and viewing nine films from just the last thirty years. Every movie in this series tells the story of a remarkable life — hence the series title: Lives on Film II.

Robert DeNiro and Robin WilliamsA great opportunity

We're hosting a series of nine evenings to bring together teens and movies of unusual quality. — Each evening includes:

  • dinner, dessert, and companionship — all in a relaxed yet civilized atmosphere;
  • background on each movie — including historical background on the period depicted, plus information on writers, directors, cinematographers, and more;
  • lively discussion — both at each film's mid-point and at its end.

Host:  Roy Speed. (Learn about Roy here.)

The films

All our movie nights are held on Saturday evenings. — Our schedule of films:*

  • January 11: Awakenings (1990)
    — with Robin Williams in a remarkable story based on the real experiences of neurologist Oliver Sacks, who in the late 1960s is assigned to a ward of long-term patients in a catatonic state.
    Breach (2007) — with Chris Cooper as FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who's under investigation for spying.


  • Kate Winslet in A Little ChaosFebruary 1: Breach (2007)
    — with Chris Cooper as FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who's under investigation for spying.
  • February 8: The Fencer (2015)
    — the true story of a young Estonian fencer fleeing the Russian secret police in the years following World War II.
  • February 22: First Man (2018)
    — with Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong.
  • February 29: A Little Chaos (2014)
    — with Kate Winslet as a landscape architect in the late 1600s, making her way in a man's profession and winning an assignment to work on the gardens for the new palace of Louis XIV; Louis is played by Alan Rickman (Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films) who also wrote & and directed this film.
  • March 14: Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) — in which junior chess champion Fred Waitzkin weighs his own struggles against those of World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.
  • March 21: The Highwaymen (2019)
    — with Kevin Costner & Woody Harrelson as two former Texas Rangers in pursuit of the Depression-era outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
  • April 4: Chappaquiddick (2017)
    — the true story behind Senator Ted Kennedy's 1969 car accident that resulted in the death of young campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne.
  • April 11: A Beautiful Mind (2001)
    — with Russell Crowe as the brilliant mathematician John Nash who, while at Princeton, takes on secret work in cryptography.

*Please note: Our schedule and film selection may be subject to change.

How to register

Just contact the host, Roy Speed, by clicking here.

The fee for one student is $199; for a second student from the same family (a sibling), take $100 off.

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Comments about our previous film series

I like how you built a lot of socialization time into the agenda... We appreciate your hosting this class and the format. My son has gotten a lot out of it already.

— Homeschooling dad

[Our son] totally enjoyed the class and is looking forward to the coming weeks. A big thank you for coming up with an activity that teaches while making it fun and giving [our son] an opportunity to hang out with his peers.

— Homeschooling mom

William Wyler's Best Years of Our Lives [1946] felt surprisingly modern and honest — a sobering look at the problems veterans faced when they returned home from WWII.

— Student

From watching John Ford's Grapes of Wrath, I've learned amazing things about cinematography. With lighting, camera angles, the placement of actors in shots, directors of photography can work wonders with not just a scene but an entire movie, as Gregg Toland did in Grapes of Wrath.

— Student


Winter of 2020

Saturday evenings
in Bethel, CT
5:30 – 10 pm
January 11 – April 11, 2020

Each movie night includes
dinner, discussion, & just hanging out.

Want to know more?
— Please contact
the host by clicking here.

Visitors welcome!


from The Highwaymen

from The Highwaymen (2019)


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