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  • Life Without a Stable Home

    For many people, the term homeless conjures up an image of a dirty, unkempt person panhandling on a city street, or living in a homeless shelter. While that may describe one category of homeless individuals, the term goes beyond that urban cliché and encompasses people in many different geographical areas and in all age ranges, from the very youngest to the very old.






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  • Letter from the Filmmakers: The Homestretch

    Five years ago, a young high school student that Kirsten was working with on a theater project revealed to her that he was homeless and completely on his own. It was one of those moments in life when everything just stopped — how could this be?






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  • Community Cinema Chicago: Superhero Expo

    Last Saturday at the historic Chicago Cultural Center, all kinds of comics fans fought through crowds of St. Patrick’s Day (aka Green Mardi Gras) revelers for the screening of Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines and participated in the explosive (Wham! Pow! Krrrraaaash!) SUPERHERO EXPO.






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  • Audiences React to Community Cinema

    We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge our dedicated and supportive audience members, who attend our monthly screenings of Community Cinema across the country. Earlier this fall, we reached out and surveyed our fans and asked, “What do you love about Community Cinema?” We received an overwhelming number of positive responses. We are so inspired by our audiences across the nation and wanted to share a few of our favorite comments.






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  • Half the Sky Inspires in Chicago

    On Saturday, September 15th at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Community Cinema, WTTW Channel 11 and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and others presented a special preview screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide followed by a discussion lead by Agents of Change Expo.Over 300 people came to witness, participate, take action and commit themselves to become agents of change on issues facing women and children everywhere.






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