Films and Friends by Maryanne Vandervelde
Starting and Maintaining a Movie Group

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The first guide to starting and maintaining a film group.

If you've ever wanted to be in a film club but didn't know how to get started, choose films, and keep discussions going, this is the book for you. Here, Maryanne Vandervelde offers advice on how to deal with problems that might arise, including unforeseen pitfalls, uncooperative discussants, and scheduling conflicts.

But it's the close friendships and fascinating discussions over the years that explain why her group is still going strong more than seven years after it was founded. She has compiled reflections on what they have learned, a breakdown of all the movies they've discussed, and suggestions for movie rentals, with accompanying issues and discussion topics to get the ball rolling.

Fun and informative, Films and Friends is a warm and entertaining guide full of everything you need to know about starting and maintaining a movie group.

About Maryanne Vandervelde

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Maryanne Vandervelde, Ph.D., has written several books, including the bestselling The Changing Life of the Corporate Wife. A psychologist and a human resources consultant, she and her husband live in Washington State. Visit her movie group at
Published January 17, 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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In 1996, Vandervelde and her friends formed a movie discussion group patterned after a book club, and she offers tips and guidelines on how to run a similar club, with much emphasis on group dynamics and social interactions triggered by discussions: "Our members believe that the interpersonal asp...

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