Our Mission

Do you ever wonder what influence some films are having on viewers’ behavior in real life?

. . . what and how films communicate to their audiences?

We wonder about these things too. In pursuit of answers, MoviesonChatham has a three-pronged focus.

  1. It is a social gathering;
  2. it is a film study group;  and,
  3. behind the scenes, it is a research and writing group.

Founded in 2010 as an exploratory effort, the mission of MoviesonChatham is to be and to become a useful resource for those who wish to enjoy, experience, think about, and discuss motion pictures in a group setting.

MoviesonChatham manifests this commitment by writing articles that provide background and commentary to enhance the experience of movie-watching. Further, we offer a web-based archive for our analytical and expository work—our anthology of film criticism.

We began our project in January 2010, and since then we have watched, written about, and discussed over 60 movies. In summer 2015, we began development of an online magazine via this site.

Central to the mission is the encouragement of the present in-person film study group toward greater understanding and enjoyment of films—and toward the discovery of how and what films communicate. Further, it is our vision and expectation to serve diverse audiences outside our Movie Room through the technologies of the World Wide Web.

Content Creation and Free Distribution is Essential to Our Mission

Ever since a group was established toward this purpose, short articles and essays have presented both context and theme direction to foster film discussion. Through the leadership of its editorial staff, the vitality and complexity of film as a medium of communication, as well as an artistic expression, is revealed by offering theoretical concepts alongside the practical, such that we are building an instructional scaffold toward greater understanding of the films we watch.

The writers maintain a steady stream of well-researched articles, often connecting to theories and other publications of popular and scholarly merit, in addition to managing the archive that forms our base collection of reference materials. All are available for anyone to use freely. All we ask is that you please give appropriate citation. For example:

Cota, L. (2016, Jan). American Graffiti: How time flies when you’re cruising. Atlanta, GA: MoviesonChatham.com. Retrieved from https://moviesonchatham.com/2016/01/time-flies-when-cruising/

Toward Achieving Our Mission and Goals

MoviesonChatham recognizes:

  • That group expression and discussion is essential to exploring ideas and interests generated by cinematic traditions beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing today.
  • That cinema transcends national boundaries and involves multi-modal expression informed by contexts, cultures, and history reflecting issues and narratives of their times.
  • That our commitment to film study enlivens and informs our evolving understanding of the traditions and communications of our world.

In summary, MoviesonChatham seeks to create a dialogue about films and film making (in writing and through in-person discussion) in a comfortable environment that encourages exploration, while being accessible to a public audience that ranges from film scholars to amateur film critics and fans—all who simply enjoy watching and talking about movies.


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