Socratic Film Society

By the time John Adams Academy Scholars have reached Middle and High School age, they have been exposed to many classic works of literature that possess outstanding, enduring qualities. These classics touch on themes of life and death, love and hate, faith and betrayal; always reaching an emotional response. The Classic Film Society takes the same approach to cinema as has been taken with literature. Scholars will be exposed to cinematic classics (and future classics) that they otherwise may never have experienced. Films such as Citizen Kane, Twelve Angry Men, and Rebel Without A Cause are just a sample of classic films that will be explored.

Following the viewing of each film, a unique Socratic discussion will take place in order to deeply explore characters, their decisions and the effect of those decisions. We will look to compare and contrast characters, events, and outcomes with other those in other classics, as well as with more current events. Scholars will be using all three aspects of the trivium, incorporating Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric, as they discuss deeper level truths concerning the nature of humans and our morality. Scholars will also be asked to make connections to our own ten core values with characters and events in the films.

While serving an educational purpose that falls in line with the mission of our institution, the showings of these films are also meant to be entertaining, as scholars will leave with a better understanding of films that went on to influence future cinema, literature and pop-culture.

Note that films will be viewed in room 109 (Mr. Haskins' room) unless more than thirty scholars attend. At which point the room may change. Viewings will take place on the final Thursday of each month with the exceptions of December. Due to holidays, the dates will fall on the 3rd Thursday (or the last Thursday of the month, with classes). Start and end times for viewing and discussion are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (or 8:30, depending on the length of the film) and are intended for 7th through 12th grade scholars. Parents of attending scholars may also attend. All attendees are expected to participate in the discussion. Any electronic devices should not only be muted, but turned off as a bright small screen during film showing causes quite a distraction.

Questions? Simply contact James Haskins at:

I look forward to seeing you there!
--Future Showings--
note that the end times differ due to the length of some films.
August 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Time Machine
synopsis: H.G. Wells Classic stars Rod Taylor as a turn-of-the-century inventor whose time machine inadvertently transports him thousands of years into the future. While hoping to discover a future utopian society, what he actually discovers is shocking!
September 28th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Planet of the Apes
October 26th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
High Noon
November 30th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
12 Angry Men
December  21st, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
To be determined