The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


April 18, 2014

Point is watch movie, then talk about it

GROVE CITY — A lively discussion is expected for this month’s surprise Mind Over Media movie.

Moderator Ryan Bibza picked the movie, which won’t be unveiled to the public until it’s shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Broad Street Yoga in downtown Grove City.

That’s part of the intrigue – and fun – of the event. Movie-goers may love or hate the chosen film, but that is only meant to get them talking afterwards – which will hopefully open a door to personal growth, Bibza said.

“We don’t talk during the film, and we do talk after the film,” he said. “It’s for people who want to grow themselves into the best version of themselves that they can be, and not be stagnant in who they are.”

There are no NC17 or X rated films shown at the event, Bibza added.

“I take the responsibility of moderating the film seriously, so it’s something I do not choose lightly.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food or wine to share, Bibza said. Individuals who do not wish to sit on the floor can bring a chair.

Bibza developed Mind Over Media in 2005 when he was living in Chicago, which had a prosperous, three-year run. When he moved back to Grove City, he let the project sit on the shelf for a while, he said.

“I didn’t feel it was the right time when I came back here. I was not sure if Grove City would be really into it,” Bibza said.

However, Marcy Covert, owner of the yoga studio, “encouraged me to do it and she wanted to host it,” he said. Last month’s first event drew 25 or more people “and I’m excited about it,” Bibza said.

Last month’s film was “Synecdoche New York,” which Bibza had never played before; Saturday’s offering will also be new, he said.

“I plan to moderate the first few, then when people show a consistent interest, they’ll offer to moderate, and I’ll step back and grow from there,” he added.

“If it’s just me moderating, it’ll sputter out in a year. I want there to be different thoughts/ideas other than mine and make it run for years like it did in Chicago.”

It’s the right time for the Grove City that’s emerging, he noted.

“I’m excited about all the cool people and stuff going on downtown,” said Bibza, who grew up in Grove City before moving away.

“I’m taken in how much I love Grove City,” he said. “I’d like to move (Mind Over Media) forward.”

Details: the Mind Over Media Facebook page.

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