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Film project highlights perceptions of God

10/02/2012

Filmmaker Nathan Lang will bring his unique blend of filmmaking, social commentary and religious experience to the Miami University campus in a program that runs Monday, Oct 8, through Wednesday, Oct 10. The three-day event will feature an interactive box in which people are invited to sit in front of a camera and share their views on the meaning of God.

The project will culminate in a viewing of the award-winning film “God in the Box,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in 322 McGuffey Hall. Footage collected from the campus box also will be shown. Following the film will be a question and answer session with Lang and an informal panel of faith leaders, atheists and academics to discuss reactions to the film.

Lang has gained critical acclaim for his award-winning documentary film project, which looks at the meaning of God in contemporary America through the eyes of believers, doubters, scholars and religious leaders. The film centers on a large box that is placed in various spots in America, from busy streets and landmarks to small towns. People from all walks of life are invited to sit inside the box and speak to a camera about what God means to them in their lives.

The box program and film screening are free and open to the public. Lang’s box will open on Monday, Oct 8, and be open daily until Wednesday evening on the west patio of Shriver Hall.

The program is sponsored by the Ford Family Initiative for spirituality, meaning, and purpose, the Miami University office of student activities and leadership, Hillel Foundation at Miami University, the Campus Ministry Center at Miami, Lights on Campus, and the Secular Students of Miami.

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