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WSIU Community Cinema: Connecting People and Issues Through Film

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When: Third Saturday of the month at 2:30pm,
October-November 2014, January-April 2015
(no films in November, December or January)
Where: Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main

The SIU College of Mass Communication & Media Arts (MCMA), WSIU Public Broadcasting, and the Carbondale Public Library are proud to present the 2014-15 season of Community Cinema, a civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly films from the PBS series Independent Lens. The film events are designed to bring communities together to discuss and get involved in the key social issues of our time.

This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Community Cinema creates real and lasting change – both at home and around the world.

Each screening is followed by a general discussion led by guest speakers with a personal connection to the topics raised in the films. Participants are encouraged to continue the discussion on MCMA's Facebook page at and WSIU-TV's Facebook page at

MCMA and WSIU would like to thank the Carbondale Public Library for their continued assistance with this important community engagement project.

For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Kate West at (618) 453-5060 or

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

October 18: Makers: Women in Comedy

MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries  comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. A landmark broadcast and digital-video initiative developed by AOL, MAKERS aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.

MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ë70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today's multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Joan Rivers, Chelsea Handler, Mo'Nique, Sarah Silverman, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, and Kathy Griffin talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

November 15: Evolution of a Criminal

In this gripping blend of documentary, true-crime, and personal essay, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man and his journey since that act.

Through interviews with family, friends, and mentors involved in his story, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.


January 17: A Path Appeaers: From the Creators of Half the Sky

A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.



February 21: American Denial

Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.



March 21: The Homestretch

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from the trauma of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

April 18: Limited Partnership

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.


All film screenings are at 2:30pm at the Carbondale Public Library on the dates indicated. Schedule subject to change. Check back often for updates and confirmation of moderators.

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