Thank You for a Great Season!

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings and curricula for films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In 100 cities and online, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

Thank you for a great season! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, stories, and time with us this season. We’re looking forward to the start of our 2014-2015 season with a whole new slate of films starting September 1, 2014. Happy summer, hope to see you at a free screening near you in September! Learn more >>

  • The New Black

    Stay Informed

    Where does your state stand on the issue of same-sex marriage? Check out the Freedom to Marry website and stay up to date on the latest news.

  • The New Black

    Join a Community Group

    The National Black Justice Coalition (NJBC) is an organization working to end racism and homophobia. Check out their website for info on how you can get involved.

  • The New Black

    Talk to Loved Ones

    Have loved ones who are conflicted about LGBT issues due to their religious beliefs? The “Friends & Family Plan” is a customizable online resource to help guide a conversation.

  • “The New Black” National Partners

    Thanks to all of our Community Cinema National Partners for “The New Black”! These amazing organizations have helped shape local conversations at screenings across the country, and supported getting the word out about events. Read more about them!

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  • Letter from the Filmmaker: The New Black

    In many ways, The New Black was the result of my inability to square with the notion of civil rights as a zero-sum game proposition and my refusal to see marriage equality and African American civil rights as competing struggles.

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  • On Location with Community Cinema in Meza, AZ!

    Last March, The City of Mesa Office of Diversity and Mesa Public Libraries teamed up to host two Community Cinema screenings of The Trials of Muhammad Ali in Mesa, Arizona. The first screening, held at the Mesa Arts Center featured an original exhibit titled, From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali – Contentious Objector. Curated by historian of African-American History, Larry Earl Jr. specifically to compliment the film…

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  • The Exhibition of Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali is a luminary global figure. He is considered the most recognizable athlete in the world. It can be argued that Ali has achieved this iconic global status for what he has done outside of the realm of boxing. Therefore, I sought to assemble original materials that presented Ali’s greatness as a boxer and emphasized his persona as a Muslim, husband, father and outspoken anti-Vietnam War protester.

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  • In Loving Memory of Patrick Baroch

    We have lost a beloved colleague and a dear friend. Patrick Baroch, ITVS’s National Engagement Consultant in Seattle, passed away last week in Port Orchard, Washington.

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