WKAR Community Cinema

Engaging Communities through Film

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative 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.

Here in mid-Michigan, hundreds have joined the discussion at WKAR screenings with community leaders.

The current season of WKAR Community Cinema is sponsored by MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.

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FREE – Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this look at the issue of gay marriage.

'The Homestretch' Was Thought Provoking

Apr 14, 2015
Panel Homestretch
Amanda Pinckney / MSU/WKAR

WKAR Community Cinema, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR, offered an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly.

APR 13 | Independent Lens 'The Homestretch'

Apr 10, 2015
Young man looking across bay at city skyline
Community Cinema

Mon. Apr. 13 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | The Homestretch follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future.

Apr. 9 | Community Cinema: The Homestretch

Mar 27, 2015
Young man looking across bay at city skyline
Community Cinema

FREE – Thursday, Apr. 9, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this look at the problem of homelessness among teens. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

'American Denial' Explored Race in America

Feb 25, 2015
American Denial Panel
Amanda Pinckney / PBS

Despite the below freezing temperatures, WKAR Community Cinema returned in February with a screening and conversation featuring American Denial, a new documentary that sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans.

Independent Lens 'American Denial'

Feb 16, 2015
American Denial title over photograph of boy choosing between two dolls
Gordon Parks / PBS

Mon. Feb. 23  at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | American Denial sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans.

Feb. 19 | Community Cinema: American Denial

Feb 16, 2015
American Denial title over photograph of boy choosing between two dolls
Gordon Parks / PBS

FREE – Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. | Preview the film and join the conversation around this provocative look at race in America. | ALL SEATS ARE FILLED FOR THIS EVENT

'A Path Appears' Provides Eye-Opening Dialog

Jan 26, 2015
Audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned in January with an informative screening and conversation featuring A Path Appears.

Evolution of a Criminal | Independent Lens

Jan 8, 2015

17 years after serving his sentence for robbing a Bank of America, see Darius Clark Monroe return home to face those affected by his crime. WATCH IT NOW at video.wkar.org

Jan. 22 | Community Cinema: A Path Appears

Jan 8, 2015
Two women
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FREE – Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. | The new documentary investigates young women forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Preview the film and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Panelists at desk
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Did you know that Michigan is one of only nine states that automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults? Or that Michigan can prosecute, convict and sentence a youth of any age as an adult?

FREE – Thu. Nov. 13, at 7 pm | See a short preview of the new documentary and join the conversation. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

'Women in Space' Provokes Enlightening Conversation

Oct 17, 2014
Panelists at desk and audience members
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR Community Cinema returned this season on Oct. 10 with an enlightening conversation spurred from the new documentary, "Makers: Women in Space." 

Makers: Women in Space

Oct 13, 2014

Tue. Oct. 14 -- 9:00pm WKAR-HD | The history of women in the U.S. space program.

'Trials of Muhammad Ali' Provokes Conversation

May 19, 2014
Panelists at desk
Aaron Snyder / WKAR-MSU

Community members left WKAR Community Cinema on May 8 with interests heighten from the screening and conversation featuring "The Trials of Muhammad Ali."

FREE – Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the Independent Lens documentary and explore the issues with a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Mar. 27 | Community Cinema: Medora

Mar 13, 2014

FREE -- Thursday, Mar. 27, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and learn more from a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Las Marthas | Independent Lens

Feb 19, 2014

Dating from the aftermath of the U.S.-Mexico War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas, is unlike any other. WATCH NOW

Feb. 13 | Community Cinema: Las Marthas

Jan 30, 2014

FREE -- Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and connect with your community on the importance of carrying on cultural traditions. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

Activists demonstrating
Lauren Asmus

FREE – Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. | See a short preview of the upcoming Independent Lens documentary and discuss the issues with a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS

WKAR-MSU

A new season of WKAR Community Cinema kicked off recently (October 29) with a screening and discussion of "The Graduates/Los Graduados." The new documentary series from Independent Lens explores education today through the eyes of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

The Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six students from across the U.S., concluding with three young men.

WATCH HERE

Jeanie Croope/WKAR

A nearly full house packed WKAR's auditorium for a Community Cinema preview of Love Free or Die, airing Monday, June 3, at 10 p.m. on WKAR. The event was the last this spring for the popular screening/discussion series at WKAR.

w.r. richards/WKAR

Guests at WKAR's April 25 Community Cinema screening of Wonder Women: The Story of America's Superheroines were not only able to see a segment of the film but hear from speakers Gary Hoppenstand and Jess Knott.

'Powerbroker' Inspires Audience

Feb 15, 2013
Amber Taylor / WKAR-MSU

On February 13, WKAR welcomed guests to a Community Cinema screening and discussion based around the Independent Lens film Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The film provides an inside look on the voices behind the scenes of the civil rights movement.

Powerbroker will air on WKAR-TV on Monday, February 18, at 10 p.m. as part of the Independent Lens series.

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Soul Food Junkies Fascinates Guests

Jan 11, 2013
Amber Taylor

An enthusiastic group of 70 guests gathered at WKAR on January 10 to see a preview from the Independent Lens documentary "Soul Food Junkies" and learn more about the cultural legacy and health-related issues connected to this culinary tradition.

'As Goes Janesville' -- Stimulating Discussion

Oct 19, 2012
Moderator and panelists in auditorium
Jeanie Croope / WKAR-MSU

Approximately 60 community members attended WKAR's Community Cinema screening of "As Goes Janesville" on October 18, and engaged in a discussion with four guests who addressed the similarities and differences of the issues presented in the film and those in Lansing when the General Motors plant threatened to close.

The Independent Lens film followed the events in Janesville, Wisconsin after the city's GM plant closed. Lansing faced this situation as well, but the GM plant in Lansing remained open, if reduced in scope.

Community Cinema Panel
Erin Cullen

More than 80 people attended WKAR's first Community Cinema event held on Thursday, September 27, at WKAR. The topic of the first discussion was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.