Religious Studies

First Reformed (2007) - First Transcendental Cinema Film Series Event

First Reformed (2007) Flyer
January 15, 2020 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

The first screening in the series is confirmed for Jan. 15: Paul Schrader's First Reformed (2007), with guest speaker Dr. Zoe Kelly-Nacht (Boston University), author of Religion, Buddhism and Film.

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Zoe Kelly-Nacht holds a Ph.D. from Boston University in religious thought and an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. She specializes in the intersections of religion, literature, and film. Particular areas of research include avant-garde film, film theory, mystic literature and American Buddhism. Her dissertation Nathaniel Dorsky: Religion, Buddhism, and Film examines the life, films, and manuscript, Devotional Cinema, of American Jewish Buddhist experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky. She teaches classes at Hunter College in Asian religions, Buddhism, Zen, and the phenomenology of religion, and comparative religious studies classes with a focus on ethics, gender, sexuality, faith, and mysticism at Marymount Manhattan College.

This film series, organized by the Religious Studies Department, explores how humans seek to move beyond the limits of ordinary experience – whether through spirituality and mysticism, technology or drugs, or immersion into community life, nature and meditation.

5:30PM-7:30PM in Karp 105
Each screening will include dinner and Q&A with filmmakers and guests.


Karp 105

807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308


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Lina Verchery

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