Community Cinema

2:12 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

'The Homestretch' Was Thought Provoking

(l-r) Jennifer L. McMahon and Rose Taphouse
Credit 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.

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StayTuned Update
3:32 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

APR 13 | Independent Lens 'The Homestretch'

Credit 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.

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3:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

'American Denial' Explored Race in America

Panelists (l-r) Pero Dagbovie and Olivia Letts.
Credit 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.

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Documentary Inspires
4:58 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

'A Path Appears' Provides Eye-Opening Dialogue

Audience members attend the screening and discussion of the new documentary series, "A Path Appears."
Credit Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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

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11:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

WKAR panelist previews human trafficking documentary, discussion

The WKAR Community Cinema preview of 'A Path Appears' is tonight at 7 p.m. in MSU's Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
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WKAR's next Community Cinema event is tonight, featuring a preview of “A Path Appears". This three-episode series is journalist Nickolas Kristof’s latest collaboration with his wife, Sheryl WuDun, and is a follow-up on the book and movie “Half the Sky.” The subject of both is human trafficking, but “A Path Appears” focuses on the subject here in the United States.

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StayTuned Update
4:53 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Evolution of a Criminal | Independent Lens

INDEPENDENT LENS "Evolution of a Criminal”

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

3:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'Evolution of a Criminal' Conversation Focuses on the Criminal Justice System

Panelists (l-r) Carl Taylor, Jane Zehnder-Merrell, Kristen Staley and Lois DeMott.
Credit 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?

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Documentary Inspires
1:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

'Women in Space' Provokes Enlightening Conversation

Panelists (l-r) Megan Donahue and Melanie Cooper
Credit 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." 

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Documentary Inspires
2:54 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

'Trials of Muhammad Ali' Provokes Conversation

Panelists (l-r) Pero Dagbovie, Daniel Manville and Waseem El-Rayes
Credit 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."

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You Are Invited
12:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Mar. 27 | Community Cinema: Medora

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

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4:39 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

The Graduates/Los Graduados | WKAR Community Cinema

WKAR's Susi Elkins with Dr. Ruben O. Martinez, director of Julian Samora Research Institute; Jose Gallo, Lansing Eastern High School senior; and Yvonne Caamal Canul, Lansing School District superintendent.

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.

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Community Cinema Broadcast
1:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

WATCH NOW: The Graduates/Los Graduados - The Boys | WKAR-TV

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


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Community Cinema Broadcast Feature
9:48 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Graduates/Los Graduados - The Girls | WKAR-TV

WATCH IT ONLINE | Part 1 of 2. The Latino dropout crisis is examined through the eyes of six students from across the U.S., beginning with three young women.

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Engaging Community Through Film
3:34 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Community Cinema Guests Engage in 'Love Free or Die' Conversation

WKAR's Beany Tomber with Penny Gardner, Gordon Weller and Judy Karandjeff
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.

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Engaging Community Through Film
1:19 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

'Wonder Women' Guests Appreciate Community Cinema Events

WKAR's Susi Elkins with panelists Jess Knott and Gary Hoppenstand
Credit 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.

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9:35 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Lots to Like for Everyone!

There's lots to like this week when WKAR is involved! Here's a quick calendar of what's keeping us busy.

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Hot Views
7:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America's Superheroines

A scene from "Wonder Women!"

Monday, April 15, 10 p.m. | WKAR

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You Are Invited!
1:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

April 25 |Community Cinema: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America's Superheroines

FREE – Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. | See a short segment from the Independent Lens documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines and learn more from a community panel. | RESERVE SEATS HERE

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Community Cinema
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

'Powerbroker' Inspires Audience

An enthusiastic audience attended WKAR's Powerbroker screening and discussion.
Credit 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.

A Dialog

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Founders of Birmingham Urban League recall Alabama in 1960s

The Urban League was just one of many civil rights groups working in Alabama during the 1960s. Above, NAACP attorney Arthur Shores' Birmingham house after it was bombed in 1963.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alabama in the 1960s was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. The bus boycotts, the marches, the sit-ins, the snarling dogs and gushing fire hoses -- many of that era’s iconic moments happened in Alabama.

Under the leadership of Whitney Young, the National Urban League, which is one of our country’s oldest civil rights organizations, joined the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and others in the fight to end Jim Crow segregation in the Deep South.

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7:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Susi's Station Notes: Community Cinema Presents "Powerbroker"

Willard Walker

On Wednesday, February 13, we have a great treat in store here at WKAR. As part of our ongoing Community Cinema series of screenings and  discussions we will welcome Willard K. Walker, Tremaine Philips and Renee Canady to lend their insight onto the civil rights issues presented in The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights.

The documentary is very powerful but the experience and insight our panel brings to the topic will be significant and one well worth attending.

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Engaging Community Through Film
1:28 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Soul Food Junkies Fascinates Guests

Panelists Lorraine Weatherspoon, Laura DeLind and Andrea King Collier enjoy a short break before the presentation begins.
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.

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Community Cinema
10:39 am
Fri October 19, 2012

'As Goes Janesville' -- Stimulating Discussion

Moderator Ray Tadgerson with panelists (l-r) David Hollister, Jack Davis, Mike Green.
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.

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Community Cinema
10:52 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Susi's Station Notes: Our Next Community Cinema

WKAR is doing so many things this month, it is hard to keep up! One I am particularly excited about is the second in our series of Community Cinema screenings and follow-up community discussions.

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Community Cinema
2:28 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

'Half the Sky' - Community Cinema Kicks off with Full House

Judy Karandjeff moderates the "Half the Sky" panel that includes Betty Okwako, Amy Jamison and Lynn Paine.
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.

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8:21 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Community Cinema: Half the Sky

FREE – Thursday, September 27, at 7 p.m. | WKAR launches Community Cinema for mid-Michigan with a preview screening of "Half the Sky" and community discussion moderated by Judy Karandjeff.

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