Exploring the world through film

The product of the movie industry is a story . . . told primarily in visual imagery and movement, and . . . dialogue. The movie shares the function of all storytelling, of all literature, of all theater: that of a comment on some phase of existence.
—Hortense Powdermaker (1950)*

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
—Marshall McLuhan (1962)*


Movies on Chatham publishes monthly research articles and essays on movies, typically according to a theme sequence, aspiring to earn reader support as an important source of insight and critical thought on what films communicate to their audiences.


Come along with us this year to explore propaganda in film. If you are just tuning in, persuasion was our theme last year. What’s the difference, you say?  While similarities do exist between the concepts of propaganda and persuasion, we reveal their differences as we watch a new group of films.

If you missed something from the persuasion series, catch up by reading our informative background articles here. Subscribe below to make sure you are notified about the coming attraction each month.

Stay current now by watching the following films with us:

2018 Spring Schedule

1993 Documentary 119 mins
Ray Mueller, Director

2016 Drama 117 mins
Lone Scherfig, Director

2007 Drama 102 mins
Mike Nichols, Director

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  • Apr 12  |  Gasland

2010 Documentary 107 mins
Josh Fox, Director

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  • May 10 | Fracknation

2013 Documentary 77 mins
Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney, Co-Directors

Powdermaker, H. (1950). Hollywood, the dream factory: An Anthropologist looks at the movie-makers (1st Ed.). Boston: Little, Brown.
McLuhan, M. (1962). The Gutenberg galaxy: The Making of typographic man. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the film capital of the South, MoviesonChatham was founded in 2010, and since then we have provided monthly film critiques in a private group setting—now to the public.