SCREENING: Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Center for American Progress's Reel Progress film series screened of Beasts of the Southern Wild, followed by a panel discussion with the film's Oscar-nominated director/writer, producers, and breakout star.
SCREENING: Electoral Dysfunction
Electoral Dysfunction, a feature-length documentary created by a team of award-winning filmmakers, uses humor and wit to take an irreverent—but nonpartisan—look at voting in America.The film stars the brilliant political humorist Mo Rocca, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on NPR’s hit quiz show Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!, and a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
SCREENING: Hunger Hits Home
America has a problem – one in five of our children struggles with hunger. It’s not something we like to talk about, but childhood hunger is a crisis, right here at home.
SCREENING: Love Free or Die
"Love Free or Die" is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since.
SCREENING: A Better Life
Join award-winning director Chris Weitz and star actor Demian Bichir in a special screening of A Better Life, a heart breaking tale of the lives of today’s immigrants.
SCREENING: Tony & Janina’s American Wedding
After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski's family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6-year-old son Brian with her. Set on the backdrop of Chicago, and featuring Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez , a leading champion of immigration reform, this film follows the Wasilewski's three-year struggle to be reunited.
Made by international award-winning documentary maker David Sington, "The Flaw" tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash.
"La Americana" is an intimate documentary following Carmen, an undocumented immigrant, on a journey from Bolivia to New York City and back as she struggles to save the life of her ailing daughter. Her unforgettable story is woven into the current immigration crisis in the United States, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue.
No Impact Man
Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006. A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no long avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.
Money-Driven Medicine provides the essential introduction Americans need if they are to become knowledgeable participants in healthcare reform. Produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side; Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) and based on Maggie Mahar's acclaimed book by the same name, the film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the $2.6 trillion U.S. healthcare system, how it went so terribly wrong and what it will take to fix it.
The Least of These
"The Least of These" explores one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention.
The Age of Stupid
"The Age Of Stupid" is the new cinema documentary from the Director of "McLibel" and the Producer of the Oscar-winning "One Day In September." This enormously ambitious dramadocumentary- animation hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as an old man living in the devastated world of 2055, watching "archive" footage from 2008 and asking: why didn't we stop climate change while we had the chance?
Seeking the promise of America, a beautiful young Honduran woman joins her father and uncle on an odyssey to cross the gauntlet of the Latin American countryside en route to the United States.
"The Garden" has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country's largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is the extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.