The 2014 Theme: INSPIRATION
Think of the films that have been imprinted on you, challenging you to be the best version of yourself. I can always go back to the 1976 Stallone movie Rocky and remember that with faith and perseverance one can achieve greatness. I have an image of what it means to make a personal sacrifice for a greater good when Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) to get on that plane in the 1942 classic Casablanca. I understand the joy of simplicity when re-watching Forrest Gump and my natural sense of adventure is revealed after seeing Back to the Future.
Inspiration is the taking in of beauty, allowing it to transform you. Film can capture beauty like no other medium and bring it to a vast audience. At its best, a film’s beauty can leave a lasting imprint on the human character.
Take It In. Let It Out.
Take a deep breath…and now…let it go. There is a correlation between Inspiration and breathing. Inspiration from the Greek, “theopneustos” (God-breathed), helps us compare our own inspired moments with that of a life force. Imagine your own moments of struggle and the instant you find peace or resolution, the way Frodo (Lord of the Rings) does after finally releasing the ring of power. Though highly conflicted at times, Frodo was inspired to take on a mission… and he exhaled with relief after finally fulfilling his journey. I remember taking my own deep breath, inhaling Frodo’s sacrifices, absorbing the beauty of the film, and allowing its imprint to mold my character. But what good is it to inhale something beautiful if we don’t exhale it back into the world?
John Paul II On Art And Inspiration
JP2 challenged artists when he said, “What is the affinity between the words ‘breath – breathing’ and ‘inspiration’? The Spirit is the mysterious Artist of the universe. I would hope that all artists might receive in abundance the gift of that creative inspiration which is the starting point of every true work of art.” (John Paul II, Letter to Artists)
Every year the JPII International Film Festival presents films that inspire us, that is, films that reveal such splendid beauty that we are compelled to breathe in their message, allowing it to transform our thoughts, feelings, and give us something new to exhale into the world.
The Filmmaker Challenge
We challenge our filmmakers this year to transfer their own inspiration into a living art form, one that breathes on its own; inspiring generations of viewers.
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