Community Cinema

Community Cinema Comes to Cookeville presented by WCTE and Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Community Cinema Returns to Cookeville

Free Film Screenings presented by WCTE and the Cookeville Performing Arts Center

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.


Community Cinema 2014 - 2015 Free Screenings
All screenings are held at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center.


Tuesday, September 23--Season Kickoff Double Feature
6:00 pm: MAKERS - Women in Comedy
7:15 pm: MAKERS - Women in Hollywood

MAKERS, a series by Executive Producers Dyllan McGee & Peter Kunhardt

MAKERS is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries—comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. A landmark broadcast and digital-video initiative developed by AOL, MAKERS aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.

Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 pm: MAKERS: Women in Comedy
Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Contemporary comics talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go.

Tuesday, September 23, 7:15 pm: MAKERS: Women in Hollywood
Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.


Tuesday, October 14
6:00 pm: MAKERS - Women in Space

Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station.


Tuesday, November 18
6:00 pm: Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal, a film by Darius Clark Monroe

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.


Community Cinema 2015 Free Screening Dates: TBA



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