Film Fridays


Film Fridays
Designed by Maya L.-S. '22


Film Fridays is a film screening series held on select Fridays throughout the school year in our Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The curated program of films (selected by art faculty Lorri Deyer) also includes films voted on by students, parents, faculty, and staff during the previous school year. Each film is followed by a discussion with special invited guests. Screenings are open to Upper School students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumnae.

For more information, contact Lorri Deyer at ldeyer@westridge.org.

Vote for next year's films! Click here to submit your favorite film for next year's program.

Below are the dates for the 2019-2020 Film Fridays series. Screenings are free, and each film begins at 3:30 pm in the PAC, with discussions ending no later than 6 pm.*

* On early dismissal days, screening discussions will conclude at 5:30 pm.

= Student-voted film = Parent-voted film = Faculty/staff-voted film


Rear Window (1954)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Screening: september 6, 2019

Runtime of 1 hr 55 min.
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. Starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.


Water (2005)
Dir. Deepa Mehta
Screening: September 20, 2019

Runtime of 1 hr 54 min.
The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.


*Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Dir. Benh Zeitlin
Screening: November 8, 2019

Runtime of 1 hr 33 min.
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

* Early dismissal: screening discussion concludes at 5:30 pm.


The General (1926)
Dir. Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton
Screening: January 17, 2020

Runtime of 1 hr 47 min.
When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines. Starring Buster Keaton.


Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Dir. Peter Weir
Screening: April 3, 2020

Runtime of 1 hr 55 min.
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.


*The Truman Show (1998)
Dir. Peter Weir
Screening: May 8, 2020

Runtime of 1 hr 43 min.
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. Starring Jim Carrey and Laura Linney.

* Early dismissal: screening discussion concludes at 5:30 pm.


*Days of Heaven (1978)
Dir. Terrence Malick
Screening: May 22, 2020

Runtime of 1 hr 35 min.
A screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. A story of love and murder told through the voice of a child and expressive images of nature in 1916. A steelworker flees Chicago after a fight with his boss; he takes his little sister and girlfriend with him.

* Early dismissal: screening discussion concludes at 5:30 pm.

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