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. Unless otherwise noted, Reel Talk events are free and open to the Westmont community.


Fall 2017 Screenings

Interrupters"The Interrupters"

with Meredith Whitnah, Sarah Jirek, Angela D'Amour, and Aaron Sizer

Thursday, September 7

6:30pm | Adams 216


"The Interrupters" presents unforgettable profiles in courage, as three former street criminals in Chicago place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities. The film follows the lives of these “Violence Interrupters,” who include the charismatic daughter of one of the city’s most notorious former gang leaders, the son of a murdered father, and a man haunted by a killing he committed as a teenager. As they intervene in disputes to prevent violence, they reveal their own inspired journeys of struggle and redemption. Presented in collaboration with the Westmont Summer Reads program.


Good Night"Good Night, and Good Luck"


Thursday, October 19

7pm | Adams 216


In this vignette about the media's relationships to politics and business, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Straithairn) dedicates himself to exposing the abuses of Senator Joseph McCarthy, who in the early 1950s launched a demagogic campaign against alleged communists in American government, education, and entertainment. While celebrating the convictions of principled news professionals like Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly (George Clooney), the film unsparingly depicts the ways that our information about the world can be shaped, directed, and bounded by the corporations that foot the bill.



Thursday, November 16

7pm | Adams 216


Messages and meaning come to us not only--and perhaps not even primarily--through propositions and arguments, but through the invisible pressures of culture. Album covers and advertisements, subway signs and IRS forms have embedded within them powerful claims about what human life is and what it ought to be. This film explores these meanings by profiling Helvetica, perhaps the world's most popular font. How could a particular way of rendering letters mean "modern optimism" or "cold commercialism" or "the Vietnam War"? Come learn how, as one of the film's subjects puts it, designers are "putting their wires in our heads."