Past Film Screenings

Calvary by John Michael McDonagh
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Michael Murphy
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mi Familia by Gregory Nava
Post-screening discussion with Dr. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J.
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, October 28 2014

Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Michael Murphy
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Thursday, November 6, 2014

El Crimen del Padre Amaro by Carlos Carrera
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J. and Dr. Hector Garcia
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Monday, November 10, 2014

The Third Miracle by Agnieszka Holland
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 ~ 7:00PM - 9:30PM
A priest finds his faith tested when he's assigned to investigate a possible case of divine intervention.

Household Saints by Nancy Savoca
Monday, November 18, 2013 ~ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Francine Prose, Household Saints tells the story of an Italian-American family and the generational differences they live through as they become assimilated into mainstream America.

La Mia Strada by Michael DiLauro
Thursday, November 7, 2013 ~ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
La Mia Strada is a feature-length documentary that offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart.

The Mission by Roland Joffe
Monday, April 8, 2013, 6:30 PM
A dramatic story about an 18th century Spanish Jesuits trying to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from greedy, brutal, and enslaving Portugal's government.

The Way by Emilio Estevez ‌
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:30 PM
Shot on St. James' Way, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes, with the cooperation of local and Church authorities, The Way marks a movie milestone. Never before was a movie crew allowed to film inside the resting place of the Apostle James, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela-- let alone film during Mass there. While the famous physical journey of The Camino culminates at the cathedral, as Martin Sheen observes there is another level of experience: "The inward journey is a pilgrimage of transcendence; as you walk you hear the inner voice. You walk alone but you walk in community."

Babette's Feast by Gabriel Axel‌
Monday, October 29, 2012 6:30 PM‌
Babette, a refugee from counter-revolutionary Paris, arrives in a remote village in Berlevaag Fjord, Norway. She begs two local elderly and pious Christian sisters to hire her as a housekeeper. After the sisters' father dies, the pastor of a small Protestant church, they decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette prepares a feast which expresses her appreciation to the local residents and transforms their lives.

The Island by Pavel Lugin
Monday, March 19, 2012 6:30 PM‌‌
Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of his sin he committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian everyday life with monastic ritual and routine.

The Third Man by Carol Reed
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:30 PM‌‌
Holly Martins searches for his childhood friend Harry Lime through the seedy underworld of postwar Vienna and gets caught up in a web of love, deception, racketeering, and murder.

A Question of Habit by Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Screening and discussion of Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy’s documentary film  exploring images and realities of Roman Catholic sisters and nuns in America.  Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

Black Orpheus directed by Marcel Camus
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Film screening and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, School of Communication, Loyola University and Ted Hardin, Columbia College. Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor, Loyola University, LSC.

Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang
Monday, February 14, 2011 6:30 p.m.
Film screening and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, School of Communication, Loyola University and Ted Hardin, Columbia College. Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor, Loyola University, LSC.

The Flowers of St. Francis directed by Roberto Rossellini
Monday, October 4, 2010 6:30 p.m.

Film screening and discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, School of Communication and Ted Hardin, Columbia College.

The 9th Day directed by Volker Schlondorff
September 13, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Film screening & discussion with Dr. Dennis Martin, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
March 30, 2010,
6:30 p.m.
Post-Film Discussion lead by Elizabeth Coffman, School of Communication & Ted Hardin, Columbia College

The Exorcist directed by William Friedkin
February 4, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
In Conjunction with CCIH’s ‘Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture’ by Dr. Colleen McDannell, University of Utah, “Still Learning from The Exorcist: Catholicism and American Film’ on February 2nd.

Wise Blood directed by John Huston
October 22, 2009,
6:30 p.m.
Joining the University Libraries’ 'The Uncommon Imagination: Book and Film’ Program. Post-Film Discussion lead by Rachel N. Hart, Hank Center Assistant Manager

Bella  directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
September 3, 2009,
6:30 p.m.
Post-Film Discussion lead by Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Depts. of Theology and English

8 1/2  directed by Federico Fellini
March 12, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
Fellini’s 1963 masterpiece about the nature of creativity--and creation.  Post-film discussion led by Ted Hardin of Chicago’s Columbia College. 

North by Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock
February 19, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller about running from unknown enemies with unknown intentions.  Post-film discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, Professor, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago.

La Strada directed by Federico Fellini
November 13, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Discussion by Ted Hardin, Columbia College

Vertigo directed by Alfred Hitchcock
September 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Discussion by Elizabeth Coffman, Dept. of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman
March 13, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Discussion led by Dr. Ted Hardin, Columbia College

Philip Grönin’s much-acclaimed 2007 film Into Great Silence
January 22, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Discussion led by Dr. Dennis Martin, Dept. of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Chicago Premier - Morgan Atkinson's Soul Searching, The Journey of Thomas Merton
October 18, 2007, 7:30 p.m.
Latest film on the life of trappist Monk, Thomas Merton. Discussion following led by producer-director Morgan Atkinson

Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue I:  I Am the Lord Thy God. Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me
October 1, 2007, 7:30
Part I of Kieslowski's acclaimed post-modern treatment of the Ten Commandments. Discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Coffman, Dept. of Communication, Loyola University Chicago

Faith in Focus: The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton (2015)

Faith in Focus - Merton Movie [Spring2016]

Tuesday, 16 February 2016
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is free and open to the public!

About the Film:

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is the story of Merton in the last year of his life, embarking on his greatest journey. It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today.
(film description from

About the Producer:

Morgan Atkinson has worked as a communications professional since 1975. In 1985, he established his own video production company, Duckworks, Inc..

A native of Louisville, KY Atkinson writes and produces programs that examine issues of community and culture. His most recent project is Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard. Harlan Hubbard was a noted Kentucky artist who with wife Anna lived much as Thoreau did at Walden Pond... only they did it in Kentucky for almost 40 years.

In recent years Atkinson focused on the acclaimed writer and spiritual thinker, Thomas Merton. He also examined the life and times of John Howard Griffin, author of the groundbreaking “Black Like Me”. At present Atkinson is beginning another program on Merton, concentrating on the momentous events that occurred in final year of the monk’s life, 1968.

Atkinson’s work has been featured nationwide on PBS, on KET (Kentucky’s PBS affiliate) and various film festivals. Other award-winning documentaries include Live Music, the story of Louisville musician Tim Krekel; A Way of Life, a reflection on Kentucky’s passion for basketball, Falls City, a wry look at Louisville’s ill-fated Falls Fountain, and Gethsemani, an account of life at the famed Trappist monastery in rural Kentucky.
(bio information from

Faith in Focus Film Series: Full of Grace (2015)

Faith in Focus - Full of Grace [Fall 2015]

Tuesday, 17 November 2015
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola Univeristy Chicago

This event is free and open to the public.

This program, open to members of Loyola and the general public, explores themes of faith and the lives of prominent figures in the Catholic Church. Feature film screenings are followed by discussion led by prominent LUC professors or guest speakers.

About the film Full of Grace:

The film follows Mary of Nazareth in her last earthly days as she helps the fractious early Church regain their original encounter with the Lord.

To view the trailer for the film, please click on the following link: Full of Grace Trailer

About director Andrew Hyatt:

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, Hyatt spent nearly a decade gathering development and production expertise and has written projects for a number of high profile producers including Graham King (Argo, The Departed, The Aviator), Lorenzo Di Bonaventura (Transformers, GI Joe), Steve McEveety (Passion of the Christ, Braveheart) and XYZ Films (The Raid). In 2012, Hyatt stepped into the director's chair on his first feature, The Frozen, and then went on to write/direct the mind bending psychological thriller, The Last Light. Hyatt's latest passion is in the production of content that is deeply personal, seeking to create content that delves deeper into the drama of the human condition. Exploring good and evil, truth and beauty. Hyatt's third film, Full of Grace, is a feature exploring the final days of Mary of Nazareth that will be released for Christmas, 2015.

About producer T.J. Berden:

After graduating LUC in 2007 with a degree in communication and a minor in theology- T.J. moved to L.A. working on the marketing campaigns of films with a strong social perspective, which he honed at Loyola. Films included: The Tree of Life, Waiting for Superman, The Stoning of Soraya M., Expelled, Snowmen, As We Forgive, and many others. T.J. also has vast experience in the non-profit sector, consulting on communication strategies and event production for organizations such as The Magnificat Foundation, The Catholicism Series for Word on Fire, The Christ Cathedral of Orange County. As a producer with the non-profit ministry, Outside da Box, T.J. brings together everything that he began at Loyola- the intersection of art, film and passion for the world.

Faith in Focus Film Series: The Fourth Partition (2013)

Faith in Focus - The Fourth Partition [Fall 2015]

Wednesday, 11 November 2015
7:00PM - 9:30PM
Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

This event is free and open to the public.

About the film:

At the Dawn of the 20th century, Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. Their story is known as the "Fourth Partition".
(from the film's website)

About the director:

Adrian Prawica is a director, editor, and cinematographer. Adrian was born in Lodz, Poland. He immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. He is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago. He started in event videography and public access television at the age of 25, before moving into advertising and documentary work.
(from Adrian Prawica's IMDB profile)

Faith in Focus Film Series: Calvary (2014)

Faith in Focus Film Series: Calvary

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
6:30PM - 9:30PM
Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is free and open to the public!

Join the Hank Center for our final Faith in Focus film screening of the academic year! We will be screening the film Calvary (2014), which will be followed by a discussion of the film with Dr. Michael Murphy (Director, Catholic Studies Minor).

Here is a brief plot summary of the film from Rotten Tomatoes:
Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Please join us for both the screening and discussion of this powerful film.