Join us for Community Cinema’s April film “All of Me.”
This documentary follows the ‘Girls’, a close-knit group of friends in Austin, Texas who have bonded over hopes, dreams, food, and the shared experience of being obese. But, now, as some pursue weight-loss surgery, their center has shifted and upset everything they knew about happiness, friendship, and love.
Afterwards we’ll discuss the film with community partners.
Event is FREE, but RSVP is required. Reserve your seat here.
Please note: The program and film starts at 11am, so please plan to arrive at least a few minutes early.
Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series presents fascinating documentaries from the Emmy-Award winning PBS series Independent Lens followed by lively discussions that connect films to local organizations and resources. Films are shown from September to June every second Saturday of the month at 11am.
Join us for a FREE screening of the first half of “Freedom Summer,” the upcoming American Experience documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
The film explores the 10 memorable weeks of the summer of 1964, when more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses.
Following the 50 minute excerpt of the film, there will be a community discussion about topics presented in the documentary as well its impact on Kansas City.
The entire documentary will air June 24 at 8pm on KCPT.
This event is co-sponsored by KCPT and the Bluford Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.
Though work as a journalist carried Charles across the globe, it’s a small, simple cabin on a country road in the Northern Ozarks that never fails to bring him pleasure and respite.
For the last five months, videographer Dave Burkhardt has spent hot days, misty mornings and chilly evenings with him in St. Clair County, recording the rhythms of life in and around the rustic structure.
From fishing expeditions on Lake Katie (named for Gusewelle’s wife) or hunting for morel mushrooms, to the annual gathering of old friends who wouldn’t dream of missing turkey season, “Away From It All” gives us an intimate glimpse at the little clearing in the woods where the author’s heart lives.
“I’ve led a remarkably lucky life,” Charles likes to say, and the stories he’s compiled attest to that. With this visually rich production he graciously reveals to those who’ve only been able to read about “the cabin,” the many ways it has inspired and nurtured his writing, his family, and friendships as well.
Support KCPT and experience the farm for yourself on October 25.
How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber?
In Evolution of a Criminal, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life.
Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, 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.