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Infographic Analysis: Another Reason Why MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Was So Powerful, by Maria Popova

January 15, 2017

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"That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun

“That which is belittled in plain speech finds the respect it warrants in the subtleties of metaphor.” -Donald Braun

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Forget Trump and Clinton: Zombie Movies Offer Best Political Lessons, by Daniel W. Drezner

September 15, 2015

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Why Zombie movies and TV shows may teach students more about politics than candidates in this year’s debates.

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The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease, by Maria Popova

August 2, 2015

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How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.

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Master Shots: First and Final Frames of 55 Films Side-by-Side, by Jacob T. Swinney

June 26, 2015

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The Meta-Story and Worldview of many films is discernible from little more than their first and final shots. Don’t believe it? Watch this video!

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Psychology Backs the Power of Developing a Positive Worldview, by Todd W. Hall, PhD

June 23, 2015

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You can’t directly change your worldview, but you can seek out new experiences that create the conditions for change. “Implicit Relational Trust” is a good place to start…

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How To Raise Money for Your First Movie: Interview with Producer/Director Mark Freiburger, Part 2

March 26, 2015

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The one thing I get asked about the most by other aspiring filmmakers is not about those more high profile experiences, but about how to go out and raise money to make their first features.

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Fiddler on the Roof: Worldview Change and the Foundational Power of Story, by Gary David Stratton

March 19, 2015

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Like Tevye, the stories of Scripture provide not only fertile soil for nurturing reinterpretations of our philosophy and culture for a new generation, but also irresistible bedrock for grounding the story of our own life in the mind of God.

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All-Time Top Films for Deep Culture Impact

February 22, 2015

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Tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award the 2015 Best Picture, yet the academy missed most of these “Deep Culture” Impact films. Will this year’s winner one day join this august company?

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Why are ‘Deep Culture Impact’ Films so Rare?

February 22, 2015

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In the past 40 years only three Academy Award-winning films managed to break into the coveted top 60 all-time box office earners. Here’s Why.

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High Culture? Pop Culture? Shouldn’t a Great Film Impact DEEP Culture?

February 22, 2015

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One helpful (if imperfect) way to estimate ‘deep culture’ impact is to look for films that have achieved success what at what Hollywood sometimes calls the “double bottom-line.”

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The Oscar “Huh?!” Factor: Why Academy Voters Usually Pick the Wrong Film

February 22, 2015

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg recently opined: “I try to vote in a way so that, in 50 years, people aren’t going to go, ‘Huh?!’” Sadly, history reveals that, when it comes to picking a film audiences will recognize as truly great 50 years from now, Oscar voters nearly always miss the mark. Here’s why.

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Jonathan Edwards Goes to Movies: What Story Structure Teaches Us About Religious Affections

February 20, 2015

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The inciting event presents the hero with a decision: Shall I continue in the relative comfort of my business-as-usual life, or risk pursuing a new and more dangerous goal? A lot like Lent is designed to do…

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Act One Hollywood Screenwriting Program: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You, by Chris Dalton

January 27, 2015

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For over 15 years Act One has provided access to some of Hollywood’s best teachers and mentors in the world of screenwriting. Now you can experience this amazing program in our inaugural online cohort.

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C.S. Lewis on Suffering and Free Will, by Maria Popova

July 27, 2014

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“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.” -C.S. Lewis

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Honeymoon from Hell: Micro-Worldviews and the Volcano in Your Backyard

June 26, 2014

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No one ever plans on a volcanic eruption in their own backyard, but it isn’t as uncommon as one might think. Not when there are so many unseen forces at work in the depths of our worldview. Just ask Jeannie and Kevin about their honeymoon…

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