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SCREENING: Under the Gun

The massacre at Sandy Hook was seen as a watershed moment in our national gun debate, but the body count at the hands of gun violence has only grown. Through the lens of victims’ families, as well as pro-gun advocates, Under the Gun examines why our politicians have failed to act.

SCREENING: Dream On

“Dream On” is a documentary that retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville across the United States, examining the current state of the American dream. Political comedian John Fugelsang leads this tour, capturing the stories of a diverse group of people struggling to get by: senior citizens who have lost their pensions, fast-food workers campaigning for a living wage, and unauthorized immigrants fighting deportation.

SCREENING: 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

On November 23, 2012, an African American teenager named Jordan Davis stopped at a gas station with three of his friends to buy gum. As he waited in the parking lot, an altercation ensued with another driver, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, over the volume of the music playing in Davis’ car. This altercation ended with Dunn firing 10 shots into the car, killing Davis, and fleeing from the scene. Dunn was ultimately apprehended and charged with Davis’ murder and, at trial, attempted to use the shield of Florida’s expansive “stand your ground” law to justify his actions as reasonable self-defense. Two years and two trials later, Dunn was finally convicted for Davis’ murder and sentenced to life in prison.

SCREENING: We The People: The Market Basket Effect

"We the People: The Market Basket Effect" traces the events that led 25,000 employees and 2 million customers across New England to stand behind embattled CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and wrest control of a multibillion dollar grocery empire from an activist board of directors led by Artie T.’s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.

SCREENING: ‘The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation’

"The Raising of America" is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better?

SCREENING: The Great Invisible

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 crew members and setting off the largest oil spill in American history. For almost three months, oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, devastating the ecosystem and the surrounding communities. Five years later, the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill are still being felt.

SCREENING: ‘Balancing Act in America’s Playground’ and ‘Our Canyon Lands’

Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands," followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

SCREENING: Crossing Over

“Crossing Over” documents the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.

SCREENING: Spare Parts

Please join the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress film series and Senator Richard Durbin for an exclusive screening of Spare Parts, a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez. With no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

In Memoriam: Tomas Young (November 30, 1979 – November 10, 2014)

In 2008, CAP had the privilege and pleasure to work with Tomas Young, an extraordinary Iraq war veteran who eventually became one of the war’s harshest critics and an advocate for peace. Chronicled in the film, “Body of War,” Tomas shared his personal struggles after being shot and paralyzed in Iraq with the world and became known as the “voice of a generation.” The CAP family sends heartfelt condolences to Tomas’ wife, Claudia and the entire Young family. Thank you, Tomas, and rest well.

SCREENING: Dear White People

Dear White People is a satire/drama that follows the stories of four black students at a fictional Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular African-American-themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in a post-racial American while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. The Center for American Progress is co-sponsoring this screening with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and Politini.

SCREENING: Spent: Looking for Change

"Spent: Looking for Change" is a new film executive produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim—whose past work includes "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Waiting for Superman"— which follows the stories of everyday Americans who earn, save, and spend money, yet don’t have access to the same financial tools most Americans take for granted. Millions of Americans are disconnected from the mainstream financial system in one way or another, which can lead to higher fees, greater risk, and missed opportunities. This film brings the issue of financial access and affordability to the forefront.

SCREENING: Underwater Dreams

Underwater Dreams, narrated by Michael Peña, chronicles the epic story of four teenage boys from the desert who built an underwater robot from Home Depot parts, and went up against engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school into a sophisticated underwater competition sponsored by NASA, among others. Only four boys, all undocumented, signed up for the team. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe. And some duct tape.

After a few test runs of their robot, the team was confident that they would not come in last at the event, so they all piled into a beat up van to head to the competition. Fast forward to a shocking result. This rag-tag high school team did what no one thought possible. These boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined.

PANEL: ‘Noah’ and the Nexus of Faith and Environmentalism

In his new film "Noah," Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky explores issues of faith and environmentalism. As the threat of climate change becomes more apparent, faith advocates are providing a crucial moral voice to call for responsible stewardship of the planet and its creatures. They are joining forces with environmental allies at the local, state, and national levels to bring about personal and policy changes that respond to climate change.

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