Conversations with Paul Schrader

“Is there a connection between the world I was living in and the world I had come from? . . . A link between a sacred past and a profane present? Between the life of the soul and the commercial life of cinema?”

+ Paul Schrader, American filmmaker and screenwriter, in his lecture on transcendental style in film. Over the course of two days, Schrader reflected with a community of scholars on film and spirituality, transcendental style, and more. Sponsored by the Brehm Center’s Reel Spirituality initiative, the series of events were in celebration of Schrader’s landmark book Transcendental Style in Film and his newest film First Reformed. Explore conversations, a lecture, and more below.

+ Watch Schrader and scholars from the Fuller community in “In The Room with Paul Schrader,” an extended conversation on filmmaking, screenwriting tips, and the complex connections between spirituality and film. Click above for a discussion on his new film First Reformed with Kutter Callaway, assistant professor of theology and culture, and Justin Chang, film critic for the Los Angeles Times.

Paul Schrader Conversing Tile

+ Speaking with President Mark Labberton, Paul Schrader reflects on his Christian upbringing and how the unique language of film—especially the transcendental style—helps him explore religious questions. Click here to listen to more episodes of Conversing.

Mouw, Johnston, Schrader lecture on film


+ Paul Schrader revisits his landmark book “Transcendental Style in Film” in a lecture and conversation with Robert K. Johnston, professor of theology and culture, and President Emeritus Richard Mouw. Click above for more.