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Movie Nights for Teens

Fall 2019 Series: Lives on Film

Each movie tells the story of an extraordinary life...

Johnny Depp as James Barrie

Johnny Depp as James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, in Finding Neverland (2004)

For this 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.

Hayden Christensen as disgraced journalist Stephen GlassA 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:

  • September 14: Finding Neverland (2004)
    with Johnny Depp as James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.
  • September 21: Shattered Glass (1992)
    with Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass, the young journalist whose career ended in disgrace.
  • Hayden Christensen as disgraced journalist Stephen GlassOctober 5: Temple Grandin (2010)
    with Claire Danes in the title role as the author
    of Animals in Translation.
  • October 12: A Civil Action (1998) about a complex lawsuit in the state of Massachusetts, with John Travolta and Robert Duvall.
  • October 19: Catch Me If You Can (2002) with Leonardo DiCaprio as con-man Frank Abagnale, Jr.
  • November 2: Mountains of the Moon (1990) in which Victorian explorers Richard Burton & John Speke seek the source of the Nile.
  • November 9: Shadowlands (1993)
    with Anthony Hopkins as writer C. S. Lewis.
  • November 16: Malcolm X (1992)
    Spike Lee's epic biography of the Black Nationalist leader spanning his entire life and continually evolving beliefs.
  • December 7: Julie & Julia (2009)
    with Meryl Streep as cookbook author Julia Child.

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


Fall of 2019

Saturday evenings
in Bethel, CT
5:30 – 10 pm
September 14 – December 7

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

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

Visitors welcome!


Anthony Hopkins as C.S. Lewis

Richard Attenborough's Shadowlands (1993)


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