Buddhist Movie Night at PIMC: "The Sixth Sense" (Sat., 4/20/19, 6:30pm)

Please join us for another edition of Buddhist Movie Night at Portland Insight Meditation Community (PIMC). We'll be watching "The Sixth Sense" on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019.  The screening will begin at 6:30pm.

NOTE: The movie for April was changed from "Doing Time, Doing Vipassana"

This is a chance to come together as a community, enjoy Buddhist/mindfulness-themed cinema, and discuss how the material relates to our understanding of the Buddha and the Dharma.

Mikki and Chanel will be hosting the movie night and leading the discussion afterward. It will be a very mellow, low key affair. Please come, bring a snack to share if you like, and enjoy.

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DATE/TIME: Saturday, Apr. 20, 2019  /  6:30-9:00PM

LOCATION: PIMC, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5/person (no one turned away for insufficient funds).

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"The Sixth Sense" is a 1999 American supernatural horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a child psychologist who tries to help him. The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director, and introduced the cinema public to his traits, most notably his affinity for surprise endings.[2]

The Sixth Sense has received numerous awards and nominations, with Academy Award nomination categories ranging from those honouring the film itself (Best Picture), to its writing, editing, and direction (Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay), to its cast's performance (Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress). Especially lauded was the supporting role of actor Haley Joel Osment, whose nominations include an Academy Award,[22] a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award,[23] and a Golden Globe Award.[24] Overall, The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Academy Awards and four British Academy Film Awards, but won none.[22][25] The film received three nominations from the People's Choice Awards and won all of them, with lead actor Bruce Willis being honored for his role.[26] The Satellite Awards nominated the film in four categories, with awards being received for writing (M. Night Shyamalan) and editing (Andrew Mondshein).[27] Supporting actress Toni Collette was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Satellite award for her role in the film.[22][27]James Newton Howard was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his composition of the music for the film.[28]

In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked the screenplay #50 on its list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.[29]

The movie is rated PG-13. The website Common Sense Media has the following advisory for parents: "Parents need to know that this movie has some thoughtful and meaningful views on life and death that some viewers may find comforting, and others may find sad or disturbing. The ghosts that Cole sees are of people who died violently and they are gruesome, even shocking, in appearance; you'll see a shooting, a suicide, a poisoning, people hanging, and more. Some of the dead are children, one killed by her own mother."

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Also be sure to join us for our other monthly Buddhist movie nights. Here's the schedule for 2019 (scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month):

May 18:  Andrei Rublev (1966 directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky)
June 15: The Matrix (1999 directed by: Lilly & Lana Waschowski)
July 20:   Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972 directed by: Franco Zefarelli)
Aug. 17:  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring (2003 directed by: Kim Ki-Duk)
Sept. 21:  American Beauty (1999 directed by: Sam Mendes)
Oct. 19:    Kung Fu Panda (2008 directed by: Mark Osborne & John Stevenson)
Nov. 16:   A Man Escaped (1956 directed by Robert Bresson)
Dec. 21:   Late Spring (1949 directed by: Yasujiro Ozu)