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Premiere Screening of Logos Mysterium

logos-mysteriumLogos Mysterium makes extensive use of
black-and-white 16mm film clips from the
1920s to 1950s.

TWU’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture is proud to host the premiere screening of Logos Mysterium, an experimental and thought-provoking film conceived and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ned Vankevich.

Logos Mysterium explores the meaning of the Greek word “logos.” A vast array of found footage, music, and poetic wordplay are combined to illuminate more than 60 meanings – ranging from the simple to the profound. The footage, mostly black-and-white 16mm film clips from the 1920s to 1950s, was amassed by Vankevich (a self-proclaimed “collector of extraordinary things”) over several years of research. Behind evocative images ranging from water ballet to war propaganda, varied musical styles such as 1920s folk & gospel, chanting, and a child’s music box lend a haunting humanity to the film.

“It depicts a world of the human and the divine, where ecstasy meets the everyday,” Vankevich reflects. “How does logos function, and where is God, in a world filled with the sublime and beautiful, but also the ugly and sinful?” Also a published author, Vankevich has received numerous awards for his work in film and television. He is an Associate Professor and director of film studies at SAMC’s Department of Media + Communication.

So what is “logos”? You’ll have to see the film and decide for yourself.

The 45-minute film screens October 27 at 7:30pm in the Northwest Auditorium at Trinity Western University. Free admission. For more details about this event or about the film program at SAMC, email or visit

Author: Diana Squires
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