And the Winner is ... Bastyr Faculty Share Their Favorite Films

Film reel and popcorn

Did you know that movie soundtracks are regularly — and sometimes secretly — recorded in the Bastyr Chapel? And that many have been nominated for, and even won, prestigious awards like Golden Globes and Oscars? While students and faculty diligently studied and taught throughout 2015, musicians were busy recording tracks for nominated films like The Revenant and Carol in the near-acoustical perfection of our beautiful chapel.

With so much Bastyr movie buzz this year, we were inspired to ask Bastyr faculty for their some of their film favorites. Unsurprisingly, suggestions included a good deal of documentaries, but there were also more philosophical selections — as well as some beloved fictional standbys.

So, just in time for the 88th Academy Awards, and without further ado … the winners … are …

Debra Brammer, ND, Associate Professor, School of Naturopathic Medicine

“An old film, about life and nourishment titled Babette's Feast, depicts a character who brings the necessity of joy and pleasure to a community which distrusts pleasure and the body ... beautiful.

Also, Enchanted April, a romantic comedy about a few people removed from their usual habitat into a place of beauty — and the resulting insights into societal structure, love and generosity.”

Amy Frasieur, MS, RDN, CD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science

“Still Alice was a great film from last year about Alzheimer’s disease, starring Julianne Moore. I highly recommend it.”



Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD, Core faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science

“Here are some of my favorite food-based movies:”

Food Inc.
Forks Over Knives
Like Water for Chocolate
Eat Pray Love
(also a book, of course)
Julie and Julia
Eat Drink Man Woman
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fast Food Nation
The Future of Food
King Corn
Vanishing of the Bees

Cynthia Wenner, PhD, Professor, Department of Basic Sciences

“The most moving documentary I’ve seen in the past year is The Mask You Live In. This movie, which the Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice and Diversity showed as a movie screening at Bastyr University this past October, follows young men and boys in their struggle to show up authentically in a society that holds a very narrow definition of masculinity as the norm. The movie poignantly reveals how many men in our culture have been conditioned since young boys to disconnect from their emotions and to hide their vulnerability, and instead to wear a mask to present themselves in limiting and disconnected ways that promote violence and other anti-social behaviors as a means of asserting ‘power over,’ instead of the healthier path of seeking ‘power with’ others.

This movie was put out by The Representation Project, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring individuals and communities to create a world free of limiting stereotypes and social injustices.”

Steven A. Rude, Ph.D., Core Faculty, Department of Basic Sciences






Sheila Kingsbury, ND, RH, Chair of Department of Botanical Medicine; Professor, School of Naturopathic Medicine

“Any of Michael Pollan’s documentaries – Botany of Desire, and the new one, In Defense of Food – all are fantastic!”

Juliette of the Herbs
Numen: The Healing Power of Plants
Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

And, fictional but fun – Restoration, starring Robert Downey Jr.”

Rebecca Achterman, PhD, Core Faculty, Department of Basic Sciences

“My film pick is The Martian. It uses an extreme situation to capture the problem-solving nature of science and the passion of people engaged in scientific discovery.”




Charles E. Smith, PhDDepartment of Counseling and Health Psychology

“I think that Inside Out by Disney is a really, really, good psychological movie about our various inner selves and how they tend to operate.”




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