Practicing Critics

Reel Spirituality invites current Fuller students and alumni to participate in the Brehm Center Practicing Critic Program

In our ongoing efforts to encourage fine, generous, theologically informed criticism, we are thrilled to introduce the Brehm Center Practicing Critic Program. Fuller students and alumni interested in refining their critical craft are invited to apply. The program is open to current Fuller students and alumni.

Accepted applicants will be reimbursed monthly for the cost of their movie tickets for all reviews published by Reel Spirituality, they will be featured and promoted among Reel Spirituality's regular contributors, and they will receive constant editorial feedback on assigned reviews.

Reviews on the Reel Spirituality website are 400-800 word pieces focused on a single film currently in theaters. We typically publish reviews on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week the week immediately following the film's release.

Application Process

Read "Conviction and Witness" and "Stop Criticizing, Start Exploring" as an introduction to Reel Spirituality's approach to film criticism.

Then, submit all of the following as a .txt file via email to elijahdavidson at fuller dot edu.

Fuller G Number:
Year Graduated/Expected Graduation Date:
Personal Website (if any):
Twitter Handle (if any):

Respond to the following prompts concisely (no more than 300 words per numbered prompt):

1) What do you appreciate about the posture toward criticism articulated in the two articles? In what ways do you disagree?
2) Why are you interested in film criticism? What does it mean to you? What do you hope to accomplish when you sit down to write about a film or television show?
3) Describe a time when a movie or television show impacted you deeply.

Please include links to the two best film reviews you've written.


After you have submitted a complete application, we will review it thoroughly and respond. When you are accepted, we will share our style guide, publication, and reimbursement process with you.

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