I wanted to send a message to the general list about last night’s Meetup. Overall, the consensus seems to be that it went very well, and we definitely want to do it again. We also discussed a plan for future such Meetups that I think the whole group should be aware of.
One big item that came out during the discussion is simply that we want to stretch our film knowledge and push our boundaries. We discussed a number of films and areas that we consider “blind spots” of our film knowledge that we’d like to explore together. In particular, people mostly expressed interest in exploring more older film, and more foreign film (particularly from countries other than France or Japan).
Here’s the plan so far:
1. I’m going to schedule another film discussion Meetup for ~a month away.
2. I’ll pick three films, and we’ll run a poll for ~2 weeks to decide which film we’ll watch/discuss. I’ll make sure that all choices are available for Instant Streaming (ie., Netflix/Hulu/etc) and/or available from the local library system (though not necessarily both).
3. Folks will then have ~2 weeks to watch the film on their own time, and then we’ll get together to discuss the film.
I’m actually planning to set up the discussion as two separate Meetups, one right after the other. One will be to discuss the featured film chosen as per above, and the other will be for a more general discussion, similar to last night’s Meetup.
That said, if anyone has suggestions for films and/or discussion topics to consider, please let me know. I have my own ideas, so suggestions might not make it for this time around, but I’ll be compiling feedback into a spreadsheet for future discussions.