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WSIU, Carbondale Public Library Present 'Community Cinema'

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 27, 2012

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

Free Monthly Film Screenings To Begin January 28

Carbondale, Ill.WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the Carbondale Public Library have partnered to launch Community Cinema, a series of free film screenings scheduled for the last Saturday of every month at 2:30pm, from January through May 2012.

All screenings will be held at the library, located at 405 West Main in Carbondale, beginning on Saturday, January 28 with Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. The NAACP-Carbondale Chapter and the African American Museum of Southern Illinois will facilitate the discussion after the film. Refreshments will be served.

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of a seven-year journey by filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to discover the life of a forgotten civil rights activist named Daisy Bates. A black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Bates became a household name in 1957 when she fought for the right of nine black students to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her public support culminated in a constitutional crisis – pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it. Additional details about the film are available at

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, which brings to light unforgettable stories about unique individuals, underrepresented communities, and pivotal moments in history. Carbondale is joining more than 95 cities nationally who are currently participating in the project. Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn about, discuss, and get involved in the key social issues of our time.

The remaining schedule is as follows: More Than a Month (February 25), Revenge of the Electric Car (March 31), Hell and Back Again (April 28), and Strong! (May 26). Each screening will feature a facilitator and guest speakers who will participate in a discussion with the audience about the topics raised in the films.

For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or A website with more details will be available soon at WSIU encourages participants in the screenings to continue their discussion of the films on WSIU's Facebook page at

The Community Cinema initiative is a service of Independent Television Services (ITVS) and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

About WSIU Public Broadcasting
WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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