With 100+ screenings each month, Community Cinema is a catalyst for important conversations, new collaborations and community action across the nation. Read the latest stories of impact from local screenings and connect with other Community Cinema fans who are dedicated to making a difference.
Shikha, Salim, Kajal, and the other youth featured in The Revolutionary Optimists are sending our Community Cinema patrons home from screenings this month with an important life lesson: Optimism is Revolutionary!
By Naomi Walker
National Engagement Coordinator, ITVS
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.
By Renee Gasch
Engagement & Education Coordinator, Independent Television Service
On International Women’s Day March 8th, we screened our March film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, to 200 enthusiastic high school girls in Oakland, California. The Wonder Women! documentary traces the story of the comic book heroine from her pre-World War II origins, through the women’s movement and her 1970s television debut, and finally into modern day representations of women action heros in popular media. The girls loved the film as much as we do. To quote the student body president: “That was the best documentary I’ve ever seen!”
BAYMN FEST is a free two-day interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12–24 hosted at the San Francisco Public Library in Bay Area of California. Presented by BAYMN (The Bay Area Youth Media Network) and sponsored by Adobe Youth Voices and the AT&T Foundation, this event will be a unique opportunity for youth, educators and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers. ITVS’s Community Classroom program is a proud BAYMN member. more »
By Shalon Maral
Outreach Manager, Got Choices
In 2012, ITVS’s Community Classroom partnered with the Girls Scouts of the USA to create the curriculum “This is a Story You Have to Tell: Women, Girls, and the Criminal Justice System.” The collection features modules from three ITVS films: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Troop 1500, and Girls on the Wall. The Girl Scouts have since adapted the resource to be used as curriculum for their national programs Beyond Bars and Girl Scouting in Detention Centers, reaching nearly 17,000 women and girls around the country. This week, their program in Northern California, Got Choices, will present at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Here is a video portraying the project, followed by reflection from Shalon Maral, the Got Choices Outreach Manager.