Fedallah, Moby Dick, & the Mystic Other

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Of all the curious characters that appear in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, none causes me to marvel more than Fedallah. His appearance, just before the first lowering, reflects the entrance… Continue reading


by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) A24 Films has continued to expand the boundaries of what is possible in filmmaking. Their latest project, A Ghost Story, takes chances in ways that have not been seen… Continue reading


By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) In 2011, Tom Perrotta wrote a book called The Leftovers. He was already an acclaimed author at the time, having written novels like Election and Little Children, both of… Continue reading

A GHOST STORY looks at the possibility of something more

Is there life after death? What happens to our bodies and spirits when we die? Will we be able to see the world we leave behind? What will happen to our family and… Continue reading


By John Bucher (@johnkbucher)   Pete Holmes is the most important icon of faith and transcendence you’ve never heard of. He’s had brushes with success in smaller niche communities. He’s one of the… Continue reading

Rules Don’t Apply For Warren Beatty

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) I had the opportunity to screen RULES DON’T APPLY with legendary filmmaker Warren Beatty recently. Here were three story lessons I took away from our talk afterwards. 1) Character… Continue reading

GELASON: The Gift of Suffering

  By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Steve Gleason offers you a gift in the new documentary that bears his name. He offers access to the most intimate parts of his difficult journey. He offers… Continue reading

Collective Connections: A Barbershop For Everyone

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There remain a few human connections we all share in our ever-changing journey of cultural and technological advancement. We all eat. We all drink. We all sleep. We all… Continue reading

In Defense of Eagles: The Necessity of Stories That Inspire

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) It’s sad and shocking to me how certain types of stories get branded with pop culture terms that render them ineffective. “Inspirational” will keep certain film goers away from… Continue reading

The Necessity of Shadows: A Closer Look at THE WITCH

By John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The field of horror can be an obstacle course for those seeking transcendence in dark theaters. Searches for deeper subtext and challenging thought can peek around the corner only… Continue reading