Reel Talk brings together Westmont faculty, staff, and students to discuss important films and contemporary issues. Movie screenings precede discussions facilitated by college faculty and staff. Reel Talk events are free and open to the Westmont community, and are co-sponsored by the Gaede Institute and the Office of Campus Life. Past events can be viewed here.


Upcoming Screenings


mr banksSaving Mr. Banks

Hosted by Kirsten Burdick,

Dallas Willard Center


Wednesday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.

Kerr Student Center Upstairs Lounge


As part of Student Life's Spring Focus Week, the Gaede Institute presents a film about perseverence through hardship and the narratives that result. Inspired by a difficult childhood, author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) produced a literary classic in Mary Poppins. Approached by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) about adapting the book for the big screen, Travers struggles to know how far her story can stretch, encountering in the process issues of identity, memory, and trauma. Kirsten Burdick of the Dallas Willard Center of Westmont's Dallas Willard Center (Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture) hosts discussion. Rated PG-13.