September 2014–May 2015

Community Cinema, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Photo Courtesy of Vaquera Productions

Do you like documentaries by accomplished independent filmmakers? Are you looking to connect with others who care about finding solutions for the challenges facing our communities? Become a regular attendee of this dynamic film series.

Enjoy powerful documentary films selected by the creators of the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. Facilitated discussions following each free screening encourage inclusive conversations about the issues addressed in the film. The remainder of this season’s lineup will be available September 1.

Evolution of a Criminal
By Darius Monroe

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00p.m.
Wednesday, November 12, 10:00 a.m.

How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas.

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.

A Path Appears: From the Creators of Half the Sky
By Maro Chermayeff

Tuesday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14, 10:00 a.m.

A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Sex trafficking and prostitution. Domestic slavery. Teen pregnancy. The devastation of poverty. These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards—in Chicago and Nashville and Boston.