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.
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.
A film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, and Kelly Thomson
February 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
February 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, this film explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.
A film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly
March 10, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
March 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
A film by Thomas Miller and Kirk Marcolina
May 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
May 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
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.
The Arts Center co-produces Community Cinema with the Independent Television Service.