Books are great and sitting down to read a good book is still one of the joys of life. But, sometimes, watching the movie is exactly what we need to get into a story. The shorter time investment, the artful use of cinematography, and experiencing powerful performances by skilled actors, all have the power to contribute significantly to storytelling. This summer, we invite you to watch a few good movies and then join us for a Zoom-based discussion, where we’ll unpack the stories presented and dig deeper into how our own stories might be shaped as a result. Each of the chosen movies will be featured as the central stories in some of our Sunday worship services this this.
Join us for A Really Lazy Book Club™ discussion on Thursday, July 16 at 7pm on Zoom. Featured Movie: Just Mercy (more info below) Note: this movie is available for free streaming during the month of June.
This link will only be active 6:50pm-8:30pm on Thursday, July 16.
Just Mercy (2019)
Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “Short Term 12,” “Captain Marvel”) star in “Just Mercy,” an inspiring drama that brings one of the most important stories of our time to the big screen.
Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote, based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling memoir.
“Just Mercy” is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.
FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, JUST MERCY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR FREE ACROSS DIGITAL PLATFORMS IN THE US.