2016 Executive Director Interview


Drew Trotter is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Studies Centers. Trained at Cambridge University as a theologian, his academic interests have laid the foundation for broader explorations of popular culture. For over fifteen years Trotter has been presenting a lecture called “The Movies and America” on how the Academy Award nominees for best picture function as both a barometer of, and an influence on, current American moral and intellectual standards. He recently presented at Upper|House, after which he spoke with Robert L. Kehoe III.

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Everybody Loves at Least One Critic
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth (New York: Penguin Press, 2016)
by A.O. Scott
A.O. Scott, the chief film critic for The New York Times, had a problem. He had written a negative review of the famous Avengers movie of several years ago, a movie which proceeded to make $1.5B at the box office worldwide. Shortly after the review came out, Samuel L. Jackson, one of the stars of the film tweeted, “AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” Now, neither the box office bonanza—which Scott predicted by the way in his review—nor a tweet by Samuel L. Jackson, one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood, was going to threaten the job of arguably the most respected film critic in America.
Peaceful or War-like Resistance?
Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray
Art is political. Period. Anyone who says it is not, does not know what they are talking about. Gee, Drew, how do you really feel about it… Of course, some art is more political than other art, though all good art is strongly political because the clearer, the more complex and important the themes and ideas promoted in that art are, the more political the piece of art is. Take film for instance. Frozen carries messages far more powerful and life-changing than does Kung-Fu Panda (1, 2, or 3), and it is greater art because of it.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?
“On the Need for Erasure”, The Hedgehog Review, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 2015)
by Wilfrid M. McClay
In this brief essay, Bill McClay, current occupant of the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, takes on just one of the many issues of the permanence and accessibility of information published on the internet today. He raises three concerns.
Each year, Drew Trotter gives a talk on the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, what those nominees reflect about our culture, and how Christians can think about and respond to those films. He presents this talk at Study Centers, churches, and other venues throughout the year.  This lecture was delivered on March 1, 2019 […]