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June 18th, 2014

Life of Pi Will be Shown by Movies With Spirit

Scene from Life of Pi with actor Suraj Sharma and a tiger stranded on a lifeboat.

STONE RIDGE - The monthly Movies With Spirit community film series will show "Life of Pi," an epic journey of adventure and discovery, at 7 p.m. June 21 at Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely, 101 Leggett Road in Stone Ridge.

"A miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery," wrote Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. "One of the most remarkable films in recent years," said Richard Roeper of

"Draws the audience in and encourages it to settle back, the better to enjoy its virtually nonstop display of daring, wonder and cinematic virtuosity," says The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday.

"An adventure yarn that is gloriously old-fashioned -- and often just glorious," says NPR’s Bob Mondello. "You don’t just watch this movie, you live it," says Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

Director Ang Lee’s fantasy adventure drama based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel of the same title revolves around a 16-year-old Tamil Indian boy, the son of a zookeeper, named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel (Suraj Sharma), who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies.

Pi then spends 227 days stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat in an epic journey with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger from the family zoo with whom he forms an unexpected connection.

The 2012 film, which won four Academy Awards including Best Director among its 33 film-industry honors, runs 127 minutes and is rated PG.

The Stone Ridge screening will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.

The films are screened in diverse houses of worship and reverence across Ulster and Dutchess counties at 7 p.m., usually on the third Saturday every month. The series has no religious affiliation.

Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute to offset series expenses.

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