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Lowell, MA-The Lowell Folklife Series invites you to a screening of the documentary film, Scenes From a Parish, with special guest, James Rutenbeck, the film's director. The film, shot in nearby Lawrence, captures the ethnic tensions of a working-class, multicultural Catholic parish in a hard-pressed former mill town. Filmed over four years, Scenes From a Parish explores the personal stories of a once mono-cultural Catholic parish as it struggles to reconcile the ideals of faith with the cultural realities of a globalized United States.In that sense, the film has relevance for communities all across this country.
Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr praises the film as a lucid documentary, "It raises more questions about the church's place in a changing world-and touches more emotions doing so-than any big-budget studio folderol."
Scenes From a Parish was originally shown on the PBS series, Independent Lens. Filmmaker James Rutenbeck has won numerous awards including a National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists Insight Award of Excellence; Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award; LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Grant; Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grant; Stevens Foundation Grant; Mass Humanities Media Grant; Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Grant. He is a three-time recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Did You Know?
By 1850 the mills in Lowell were annually producing enough cloth to circle the earth twice!