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Community Cinema - March 12, 2013

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

6 pm Tuesday, March 12
Champaign Public Library

Come to our free screening and discussion of this film that traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Carol Tilley, a U of I assistant professor in the U of I Graduate School of Library and Information Science, whose recent research found that an anti-comics crusading psychiatrist in the 1950s “played fast and loose with the data,” will be part of the discussion panel. Other panelists include Rachel Storm, assistant director of the U of I Women’s Resources Center, and Kevin Hamilton, U of I associate professor of art and design. GMart, a comic book store in Champaign, and the U of Women's Resources Center are partners for the event.

The film goes behind the scenes with TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna and others, who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

Wonder Women! explores the nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. Reflecting our culture’s deep-seated ambivalence toward powerful women — even in this so called post-feminist era — women may be portrayed as good, or brave, or even featured as “action babes,” but rarely are they seen as heroes at the center of their own journey.

Wonder Women! airs on WILL-TV at 9 pm Monday, April 15.

An audience member comments during the discussion after watching We Still Live Here

Community Cinema - November 08, 2011

Community Cinema: “We Still Live Here”

This is the discussion following the screening of the film "We Still Live Here" at the Champaign Public library, November 08, 2011. David Inge, Producer and host of Focus on Illinois Public Media, WILL-AM and Henry Radcliffe Community Cinema Manager moderated the discussion.  Bunny Berg was the sign language interpreter for this post-screening discussion.

Young man speaking at the auditorium of the Champaign Public Library

Community Cinema - October 04, 2011

Community Cinema Screening Discussion, “Deaf Jam”

This is the discussion following the screening of the film, "Deaf Jam," at the Champaign Public Library, October 04, 2011. Jack Brighton, Director of new media at Illinois Public Media moderated the discussion. Alan Thomas, Deaf Services Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator at PACE, Persons Assuming Control of their Environment, Susan Dramin-Weiss, a Visiting Lecturer in the department of Speech & Hearing Science and a member of the Illini Chapter of Illinois Association of the Deaf and Jazmine McKinney a Community Health student with a double concentration in Health Education and International Health and a poet representing SPEAK Café lead the discussion after the screening. Bunny Berg interpreted for the deaf audience members and Chelsey Wiley interpreted for Alan Thomas and Susan Dramin-Weiss.

Members of the panel at the Community Cinema screening at a table in the Champaign Public Library

Community Cinema - September 06, 2011

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

This is the discussion following the screening of the film, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," at the Champaign Public Library, September 06, 2011. Henry Radcliffe from Illinois Public Media moderated the discussion. Susan Ogwal, case manager at the Champaign Consortium and Irene Aninye, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois were on the discussion panel. There were about 70 people in the audience. 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. The women of Liberia are living proof that moral courage and non-violent resistance can succeed, even where the best efforts of traditional diplomacy have failed. Their demonstrations culminated in the exile of Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state, and marked the vanguard of a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world. This remarkable chapter of world history was on its way to being lost forever. The Liberian war and peace movement were largely ignored as the international press focused on Iraq. Moreover, the women's own modesty helped obscure this great accomplishment. Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations.

Panelists sitting at a table at the film screening

Community Cinema - January 31, 2011

For Once in My Life

This is the discussion following the screening of "For Once in My Life" at the Champaign Public Library, January 27, 2011. Illinois Public Media partnered with Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries to present this screening.

Mike Steinhauer, vice-president of Workforce Development and Rehabilitation for Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries and Tiffany Revelins, consultant for adults and children with autism and manager of two group homes in Champaign-Urbana, led the discussion, moderated by Henry Radcliffe, from Illinois Public Media. There were about 50 people in the audience.

For Once in My Life is the story of a unique band of singers and musicians, and their journey to show the world the greatness – and killer soundtrack – within each of them. The 28 band members have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities, as well as musical abilities that extend into ranges of pure genius. In a cinema vérite style, the film explores the struggles and triumphs, and the healing power of music, as the band members' unique talents are nurtured to challenge the world's perceptions.

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