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SEPT 5th STARTS A WHOLE NEW SEASON
OF GREAT MEANINGFUL MOVIES!
   
Friday, September 5th, 2014, 6:30 to 9:30 PM
NOTE SPECIAL START TIME: 6:30 PM
Film: "SWEET DREAMS"

(89 min, Lisa FruchtmanRob Fruchtman, 2012)
And a Special Drum Performance by:
SIMONE LaDRUMMA AND FRIENDS!

What do Rwanda, drumming and ice cream have in common?
A VERY SPECIAL BEGINNING FOR OUR NEW FILM SEASON!
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES:
6:30: A NEIGHBORHOOD ICE CREAM SOCIAL (SNOQUALMIE ICE CREAM!)
6:30: DRUMMING PERFORMANCE
with SIMONE LaDRUMMA AND FRIENDS!
7:00: AN EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE
8:45: A DRUMMING CIRCLE FOLLOWING THE FILM
...we'll provide drums!

Powerful sounds pierce the silence of the Rwandan countryside. Curious children gawk outside the gate. This is something new in Rwanda—a group of women, 60 strong, pounding out rhythms of power and joy.
In 1994 Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide. Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends, even family. Horror swept the land. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside.
The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but "people are not like roads and buildings" says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. "How do we rebuild a human being?"
Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda's first and only women's drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate.
For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists.
So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda's first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued … What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn's Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza(Sweet Dreams).
Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves.
"Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for," Kiki says. "We want to change that equation."

See the Trailer: http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com/trailer/
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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

     

Friday, September 12th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"A SENSE OF WONDER"
Rachel Carson's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it
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(89 min, Christopher Monger, 2008)
A SENSE OF WONDER is an intimate and poignant portrait of Carson's life as she emerges as America's most successful advocate for the natural world.
When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring" in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her private persona, her convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into the role of controversial public figure.
Actress Kaiulani Lee embodies this extraordinary woman in a documentary style film which depicts Carson in the final year of her life. Struggling with cancer, Carson recounts with both humor and anger the attacks by the chemical industry, the government and the press as she focuses her limited energy to get her message to Congress and the American people.
See the Trailer and extras: http://www.asenseofwonderfilm.com/
Facilitated discussion follows.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).

 
A Sense of /wonder - Rachel Carson
 
Friday, September 19th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"TRIGGER"
The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

(54 min, David Barnhart, 2010)
In the United States more than 30,000 people are killed every year by gun violence; many more are wounded. The disaster caused by gun violence is seen in almost every community. We may hear briefly about the victims and survivors of these shootings, but what happens after the media attention moves on and the wider public becomes numb to "just another shooting"?
TRIGGER frames gun violence as a “disaster” and “public health” issue.  The film examines how shootings impact individuals, families and communities and give voices to the questions and insights that arise.  In the documentary, all those scarred by gun violence arrive at the question, "Why did this happen to us?” After looking at these in depth experiences of gun violence, Trigger turns its attention to the bigger question, "What can we do to prevent gun violence?” 
See the Trailer: https://vimeo.com/53705277
More information at: http://triggerdoc.com/
Facilitated discussion follows.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Trigger - The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence
   
Friday, September 26th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"HAPPY"
(76 min, Roko Belic, 2011)
ARE WE IN THE MIDST OF A HAPPINESS REVOLUTION?
Join us for a Community Discussion with Sarah Frey and Victoria Dzenis from the Wallingford Community Senior Center.
Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being?
Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us HAPPY, a film that sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
See the Trailer: http://www.thehappymovie.com/
Facilitated discussion follows.

(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Happy - The Movie
     
Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
TBA
(xx min, xx, xx)
Facilitated discussion follows.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Meaningful Movies Project
     
Friday, October 10th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"TELL THE TRUTH AND RUN"
George Seldes and the American Press
(90 min, Rick Goldsmith, 1996)
"TELL THE TRUTH AND RUN  raises fundamental questions about the recorded history of the Twentieth Century; about freedom, fairness and diversity in the media; about power and abuse of power; and about public citizenship and the democratic process."
Eighty years a newspaperman, Seldes was a noted foreign correspondent who became America's most important press critic. Through Seldes's encounters with Pershing, Lenin and Mussolini; the tobacco industry, J. Edgar Hoover and the "lords of the press," Tell The Truth and Run raises profound ethical, professional and political questions about journalism in America. 
Seldes at age 98 is the centerpiece of the film: remarkably engaging, witty and still impassioned about his ideas and ideals. 
See the trailer and more info HERE
Facilitated discussion follows.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Tell the Truth and Run
     
Friday, October 17th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"AFTERMASS"
Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland

(74 min, Joe Biel , 2014)
With the Director, JOE BIEL, and a PANEL DISCUSSION!
The world looks to Portland, Oregon as an example of how bicycle culture can blossom out of the ruinous freeways of car-oriented civilization.  This is the first feature documentary to explore the events, people, politics, and social changes that led to Portland becoming the first major bicycle city in the United States.
AFTERMASS features many of the leaders and major participants behind the growth of bicycling ridership since 1971. The narrative demonstrates the complex dynamic throughout the 1990s between advocacy organizations, politicians, city planners, and the then new, grassroots Critical Mass ride. The film is full of smiling faces on two wheels, but also explores the controversies, setbacks, and bumps along the way, including riots, political roadblocks, and an illegal police spy.
The film provides new and vital insights into Portland's transportation history as well as into paths other cities can follow to healthy planning and a green future.
See the trailer and more info http://microcosmpublishing.com/aftermass
Facilitated discussion follows.
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
Aftermass
     
Friday, October 24th, 2014, 7:00 PM
Film:
"THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE" (60 min, Liz Marshall, 2013)
With Guest Rachel Bjork from NARN
With the exceptionof our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal-tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view.
This multi-award winning documentary charts acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used?  Or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
Facilitated discussion follows.
More info on NARN (Northwest Animal Rights Network): http://www.narn.org/
(Event is FREE and open to the public! ...but Donations are kindly accepted).
 
The Ghosts In Our MAchine

The Ghosts In Our Machine
 

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