FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2012
Contact: Kanya Lyons | (512) 974-7379
Join the Austin Public Library and local PBS affiliate KLRU-TV at the Windsor Park Branch, 5833 Westminster Dr., the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. for Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series featuring films from the PBS series Independent Lens. After the screening, lively discussions bring citizens and organizations together to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.
Community Cinema provides a chance to explore the world of the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens outside your living room, before the episode airs. Independent Lens takes you on a journey to unexpected places to meet ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Community Cinema is free and open to the public.
For more information please call 512-974-9840 or visit library.austintexas.gov.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Maro Chermayeff
Inspired by his best-selling Pulitzer Prize-winning book, author Nicholas Kristof and celebrity activists travel to nine countries. They witness courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and creating meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.
As Goes Janesville by Brad Lichtenstein
As Goes Janesville records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Solar Mamas by Jehane Noujaim
Rafea, who lives in a small Jordanian village, is 30 years old with four children and a husband eager to take a third wife. With the encouragement from her country’s Ministry of Environment, she attends the Barefoot
College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer. The Barefoot College provides training to the rural poor to empower them to make their communities sustainable.
Beauty Is Embarassing by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and now his “word” paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.