ITVS Community Cinema’s New Season
2013 marks the 8th season of ITVS’s Community Cinema engagement initiative in Washington, DC. I’ve been fortunate to coordinate approximately 7 of those 8 seasons. Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative created by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) featuring free screenings and curricula for films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In 100 cities and online, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. Through the power of film, Community Cinema connects people with public television stations, organizations and individuals in their own communities who are active agents for meaningful change. This video short produced for ITVS says it all.
Community Cinema begins its 2013-2014 season with THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS, a 2-part documentary by Bernardo Ruiz. It is also ITVS’s first Bi-lingual Community Cinema presentation. THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS is a two-part, bilingual documentary explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on the barriers they have to overcome in order to make their dreams come true.
THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS will premiere on “Independent Lens” October 28 (Girls/Latina episode); and November 4 (Boys/Latino episode). WHUT Howard University Television in DC broadcasts “Independent Lens” Saturdays at 8 PM. Check local listings for all PBS stations.
Here’s the trailer:
THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS is part of the American Graduate Campaign sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) designed to address the high school drop out crisis in the U.S. and get students on the right track to graduation and success. The documentary is also part of ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead initative (through 2015).
I brought a preview screening of the Girls/Latina episode at the request of HSBC’s Washington, DC offices this month. Screenings with engagement partners, large and small connect the themes of the documentary with its target audiences, business professionals, and decision makers. Public preview screenings in Washington, DC take place, October 13 at Busboys and Poets; October 20 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center; and October 22 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on Capitol Hill. All screenings are FREE. [Click on the dates to make a reservation and/or visit www.communitycinema-dc.org for information.]
Over the past year, I’ve been working with Maryland Public Television (MPT) and Baltimore colleges including the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) and Towson State University to bring Community Cinema to the campus and Baltimore communities. Read more about CCBC’s WONDER WOMEN Community Cinema week in March. The Community Cinema and Women and Girls Lead WONDER WOMEN documentary provided the theme for a week of activities at CCBC.
Find an ITVS Community Cinema event near you at communitycinema.org/events.