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Community Cinema Film Screenings Begin This Saturday
at Carbondale Public Library

Media Advisory
For Tomorrow, Saturday, January 28, 2012

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill. -- Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to cover the debut of Community Cinema, a civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the PBS series Independent Lens, beginning this Saturday, January 28 at 2:30pm with the film Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. The event will be held at the Carbondale Public Library, located at 405 West Main.

Community Cinema is presented locally by WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library, and is designed to bring communities together to learn about and discuss key social issues of our time.

All film screenings will be held at the library on the last Saturday of every month at 2:30pm from January through May 2012. Each screening will feature a discussion facilitator and special guests who will discuss the topics addressed in each film.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of the civil rights activist who led the charge to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. The NAACP-Carbondale chapter and the African American Museum of Southern Illinois will provide a facilitator for the post-screening discussion. Refreshments will be served.

The remaining Community Cinema schedule is as follows:

More Than A Month - Saturday, February 25, 2:30pm
Revenge of the Electric Car -Saturday, March 31, 2:30pm
Hell and Back Again - Saturday, April 28, 2:30pm
Strong! - Saturday, May 26, 2:30pm

For more details about the project, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or Project web pages will be posted soon to

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