Chris Lum presents LaaF23... Destiny and the Cinema


Chris Lum presents LaaF23...

Destiny and the Cinema

Sunday, April 11, 2010


ABSTRACT: What is destiny? One way of defining destiny is through story. The destiny of a life is the story of a life, and all stories are destined to be as their storytellers tell them to be.  In the narrative style of cinema, filmmakers are storytellers, and their movies visualize the stories (or destinies) of lives as they are meant to be. From action movies to horror movies, from comedic movies to dramatic movies, the cinema of story truly is the cinema of destiny. Everything that happens in a movie was destined to happen by the creators of that movie, no matter what happens. In his very first LaaF, "Destiny and the Cinema," Chris Lum will tell a story of how the cinema has showed the fates of many playing out on the silver screen and explore how the artistry of storytelling reflects the reality of living. Does art imitate life? Is it written? Who writes this stuff? Such excessively provocative discussion will be followed by the movie "Slumdog Millionaire," a thrilling and timeless tale of tragedy transformed into triumph and fate discovered through memory. From the slums of India to the grand traditions of Bollywood and Hollywood, it is a textbook example of destiny and the cinema.

SPEAKER BIO: Christopher Lum's obsession with foreign films makes him the perfect spokesman for the voice of destiny featured in "Slumdog Millionaire." Not to mention that he loves the film so much, he gives copies away as party favors. When Chris is not watching "Slumdog" and being thrilled by the adventures of Latika and Jamal, he earns a living as the web designer for the city of Torrance. While the city pays him a mere pittance compared to the wealth of his talents, he earns enough to sustain a lifestyle filled with dvd buying and chasing Quentin Tarantino around the country at various Q+A sessions of "Inglorious Basterds."

Film: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Food: "Indian" food by Matt & Lisa

When: Sunday, April 11, 6:00PM

Where: Jinna's place




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