Nick Offerman has made a very unique career for himself. He graduated from the University of Illinois theater program, and bounced around for a bit, getting small roles in TV shows like Deadwood and Gilmore Girls. That's before he got the role of a lifetime, as Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. It's a tough role to make likeable - he's laconic, and a curmedgeon, and, even though he works for the government, he's also an outspoken libertarian. But Offerman's performance is one of the most appealing on TV, and the character's Swanologues have become legendary. With Parks and Rec wrapping up it's fifth season, Offerman is making a rare film appearance in a new movie called Somebody Up There Likes Me, which is now available through VOD.
At this month's community cinema screening in Champaign, we'll be showing Wonder Women, a documentary about the creation of America's first female superhero and her evolution into a feminist icon. Henry Radcliffe joined us to discuss the film, which is screening at the Champaign Public Library on Tuesday at 6pm.
Henry Radcliffe, Community Engagement Producer, WILL
Tom Carrino, Economic Development Manager, City of Urbana
Guest Host: Craig Cohen
In 2008, as the nation’s economy was in freefall, the downturn was especially hard on the community of Janesville, Wisconsin. That year, a century-old General Motors plant closed. For the workers that were laid off, that meant seeking new employment in a decidedly difficult economic environment. The next three years in the lives of residents in Janesville are chronicled in a film entitled As Goes Janesville – it premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 9 on WILL-TV. Then, tomorrow night, the film will be screened again as part of WILL’s Community Cinema series at 6 P-M at the Champaign Public Library. We'll talk with two people involved in that screening and discussion.
Sanford Hess, Owner, Art Theater, Champaign
Ben Galewsky, Chairman, Common Ground Co-op
Illinois Public Media's Craig Cohen talks with Sanford Hess and Ben Galewsky about efforts to establish a community co-op, to share ownership and provide the capital needed to purchase digital projection equipment for Champaign's Art Theater. This interview was recorded on May 17, 2012.
Marina Terkourafi, U of I Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Greek Studies
The Capitol Steps (February 18, 8:00 PM performance, Virginia Theatre, Champaign)
With Elaina Newport ( Co-Founder and Co-Author of The Capitol Steps)
Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
With Susan Orlean (Staff Writer, The New Yorker)
Michael Kleen, M.A., M.S., Writer; Historian
John J. Valadez, Documentary Writer, Director, Producer