Community Cinema beings with Half the Sky

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2012-13 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and in Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Community Cinema screens films monthly from September through June, and can be found in over 100 communities at a range of venues — from libraries to arts centers — in both major cities and small towns. After the screenings, Community Cinema hosts panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, interactive workshops, local resources, and other programming designed to help people learn more and get more involved.

September 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
September 27 at Round Rock Public Library
HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE by Maro Chermayeff

Inspired by his best-selling Pulitzer Prize-winning book, author Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists travel to nine countries. They witness courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and creating meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

October 2 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
October 25 at Round Rock Public Library
AS GOES JANESVILLE
by Brad Lichtenstein
As Goes Janesville records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.


November 6 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
November 29 at Round Rock Public Library
SOLAR MAMAS
by Jehane Noujaim
Rafea, who lives in a small Jordanian village, is 30 years old with four children and a husband eager to take a third wife. With the encouragement from her country’s Ministry of Environment, she attends the Barefoot College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer. The Barefoot College provides
training to the rural poor to empower them to make their communities sustainable. Students include rural women from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Columbia, and Guatemala.

December 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING
by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and now his “word” paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.

January 15 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
January 31 at Round Rock Public Library

SOUL FOOD JUNKIES by Bryon Hurt
Soul Food Junkies delves into the historical and controversial relationship between the African American community and soul food. How does our affinity for soul food and its dietary traditions affect the health of the African American community?

February 5 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
February 14 at Round Rock Public Library
THE POWERBROKER
by Bonnie Boswell
During the 1950’s and 60’s, civil rights leader Whitney Young navigated a divided society. He challenged America’s white business and political leaders directly, but his efforts to open the doors for equal opportunity were often attacked by Black Americans who felt his methods were in contrast with the Black Power Movement of the time.

March 5 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
March 28 at Round Rock Public Library
WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES
by Kristy
Guevara-Flanagan From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s, to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! Looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

April 2 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
April 25 at Round Rock Public Library
THE ISLAND PRESIDENT
by Jon Shenk, Bonni Cohen, and Richard Berge
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohaned Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

May 7 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
May 30 at Round Rock Public Library
THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS
by Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham
In the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta, a lawyer turned social entrepreneur is empowering young girls and boys to take an active role in transforming their own lives. Through arts programs and hands-on activities like mapping their communities, these young girls and boys have brought clean drinking water to and improved sanitation in their slums.

June 4 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library
June 27 at Round Rock Public Library
LOVE FREE OR DIE
by Macky Alston
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church collide in the first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.