The Chiaroscuro organizing committee selects a theme for each new season with input from audience members. Themes are deliberately broad to accommodate films from diverse perspectives.
The film selection committee considers various criteria during the selection process including variety in country of origin, length, critical acclaim, availability, and status as a West Michigan premiere viewing. The committee prepares a list of recommended films and then pares down the list by consensus.
The programming committee typically invites two experts to sit on the panel, one who is knowledgeable in film studies and the other deeply connected to the culture represented in the film. A moderator facilitates feedback/questions from the audience.
The reception that follows the film viewing and panel discussion completes the afternoon immersion in world culture with an offering of complimentary snacks. Audience members mingle to socialize and discuss the ideas raised by the film in a friendly, casual setting.