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.
This Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning hit drama returns for a fifth season of intimately interlaced stories centered on an English country estate — an entertaining formula that has made Downton Abbey the highest-rated drama in PBS history. The acclaimed ensemble cast is joined by guest stars Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire, together with new characters played by Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.
Light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing plus a special performance by Shay Estes and Mark Lowrey. 1920s Downton Abbey-inspired costumes are strongly encouraged, and a free, advance screening of the Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere on MASTERPIECE. This is an exclusive event with limited space and will likely sell out!
… with a special welcome from Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, MO
Screening at 6:30pm, with panel discussion immediately
Season 5 of Downton Abbey is proving to be full of surprises, twists and turns. KCPT and the historic Hotel Phillips invite you to an event inspired by this season of drama, ending with a special viewing of the season finale.
The Hotel Phillips is graciously providing light appetizers and a champagne toast, and your donation will secure YOUR spot at this exclusive event. Interested in making it a full night of Downton? Dinner and hotel room packages are also available!
Free parking is included with your donation, and costumes are strongly encouraged. We promise you won’t be the only one in period dress!
Show Me is a new digital series highlighting six passionate influencers shaping the identity of Kansas City. Join Anthony Magliano and his team at Quixotic for a screening and a special behind the scenes tour as they prepare for their new show Gravity of Center.
Please RSVP as space is limited and we cannot guarantee entry to all.
“The Homestretch” follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Through haunting images, intimate scenes, and first-person narratives, these teens take us on their journeys of struggle and triumph. As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.
After the film, we’ll discuss teen homelessness with community partners.
Please note: The program and film start at 11 a.m., so please plan to arrive at least a few minutes early.
IMPORTANT PARKING NOTE: Due to the St Patrick’s Day Run in Westport Saturday morning, Pennsylvania will be closed. To access the theatre patrons will need to enter Westport off Southwest Trafficway and Mill Street by Sun Fresh. You can see a map streets the race will affect here.
We’ll watch several excerpts from the six-hour documentary, followed by a discussion with a local panel of experts.
Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary on a single disease ever made. This “biography” of cancer covers its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the 20th century to cure, control and conquer it, to a radical new understanding of its essence. The series also features the current status of cancer knowledge and treatment —the dawn of an era in which cancer may become a chronic or curable illness rather than its historic death sentence in some forms.
The panel, moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines, will feature:
• Consuelo Ross, founder and president of Surviving the Odds, a nonprofit focused on the healthcare disparities for black women with breast cancer
• Dr. Doug Myers, a pediatric oncologist and hematologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital
• Dr. Keith August, a pediatric oncologist and hematologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital
• Dr. Roy Jensen, director of KU’s Cancer Center
“Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” will air on KCPT in three parts on March 30, 31 and April 1 at 8 p.m.
Local support for Cancer in KC
Children’s Mercy Hospital | Gilda’s Club Kansas City | HCA Midwest Health
North Kansas City Hospital | Shawnee Mission Health | Union Station