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Event Series Event Series: How to Watch a Movie

How to Watch a Movie

December 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

$15 – $20


Whether you are a lifelong cinephile or just beginning your journey into film appreciation, this course will deeply enrich your viewing experiences and change the way you watch “the movies” forever.

Filmmaker, podcaster, programmer, and historian, Jack Hanley guides you through an entertaining and interactive course on how to get more out of the cinematic experience. From the fascinating history of the medium, through an introduction of the fundamentals, and analysis of the filmic process, participants will become more literate in the language of cinema and deepen their appreciation of how films are constructed- from how they are directed and shot, to how they tell stories, comment on, and reflect our world, to how they develop characters and articulate their stories through the employment of sound and image.

At the conclusion of the course, we will all watch, deconstruct, and discuss the groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning film, PARASITE, together as a class to employ your new skills.

Course Schedule*

Part 1: Development of an Art Form: A History of Film – Sunday, October 29, 4 PM
Part 2: The Auteur’s Eye: Film Direction – Sunday, November 19, 4 PM
Part 3: Framing the Story: Cinematography – Sunday, November 26, 4 PM
Part 4: The Science of Storytelling: Screenwriting – Sunday, December 3, 4 PM
Part 5: The Method and the Madness: Performance on Screen –– Sunday, December 10, 4 PM
Part 6: The Art of the Cut: Film Editing – Sunday, December 17, 4 PM
Part 7: Dropping the Needle: The Art of Sound and Music – Sunday, January 7, 4 PM
Part 8: Thinking About Film Critically: Theory and More – Sunday, January 14, 4 PM
Part 9: Screening of PARASITE (dir. Bong Joon-ho) with post-film discussion with Special Guest Panel – Sunday, January 21, 4 PM

*Tickets may be purchased for individual sessions or as a package. Pricing as follows:

  • Single Tickets: $20 / $15 for students & members
  • Any 3 sessions: $45 / $36 for students & members (You must add tickets for ALL 3 DATES to your cart for discount to apply)
  • All 9 sessions: $90 (You must add tickets for ALL 9 DATES to your cart for discount to apply)

Instructor Bio: Jack Hanley is a Boulder-based film critic, programmer, podcaster, and frequent talk-back host for the Boedecker Theater. He was the longtime host and co-programmer of the Crested Butte International Film Festival and founder and host of several Boulder film series including the Bloody Celluloid Film Series, the Clandestine Campus Cinema Society, and the Central and East European Film Festival (co-founded at CU Boulder with Roger Ebert). His debut documentary “Evil Cheesey Rides Again” (co-directed with Chris Leising) is currently in post-production.

He helms the award-winning film websites Kinophilia and Mile High Cinema and is the co-host of Blindspotting: A Film Discovery Podcast. His passion for cinephilia has led him on countless cinematic adventures- from late night shots with Roger Ebert to a fight with Paul Schrader to an impromptu duet of “Long Time Woman” with Pam Grier. His newest podcast, A History of You In 5 Films, debuts this Fall.


December 17, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$15 – $20
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Boedecker Theater
Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302 United States
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(303) 440-7826
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MARCH 2020

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