Community Cinema Series at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City

The Dennos Museum Center and CMU Public Television have announced the films included in the 2010-2011 Community Cinema Series to be shown at the Dennos free of charge. Community Cinema is a community outreach project of CMU Public Television and the Dennos Museum Center.  All films are shown at 7:00 pm at the Dennos Museum Center.  These screening events are part of the ITVS (Independent Television Service) Community Cinema program. Free screenings of Independent Lens films will be held the first Thursday of the month beginning October 2010 through May 2011. For more on the Independent Cinema series, visit

October 7, 2010, 7:00 pm – Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood IndianReel Injun is an exciting, insightful and entertaining feature length documentary about the evolution of the image of North American Native people (“The Indians”) in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today.

November 4, 2010, 7:00 pm – Deep Down  Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposing sides of a debate dividing their community and the world: who controls, consumes and bene?ts from our planet’s shrinking supply of natural resources?

January 6, 2011, 7:00 pm – For Once In My Life For Once In My Life is the story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music.  This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band while they prepare for the concert of a lifetime.  As they navigate daily life, these twenty-eight musicians and singers, all with a wide range of severe mental and physical disabilities, display talent, humor and tenacity.  “For Once In My Life” shatters preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled and reveals the greatness within all of us.

February 3, 2011, 7:00 pm – Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story This film follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16.Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story takes a hard look at some of the complex social issues concerning a 16-year-old girl who is serving a life sentence for murder. The filmmaker spent nearly six years exploring her life and familial relationships in order to answer a very basic question… why? This documentary pushes aside assumptions about what we think about violence and takes a glance into a startling social mirror that reveals a strong connection between violence in her maternal line and a predestined childhood filled with bad decisions.

March 3, 2011, 7:00 pm – Pushing the Elephant This film chronicles the story of Rose Mapendo and how she escaped from the ethnic violence of the Democratic Republic of Congo to become a vital voice to help mend her divided country. She has assisted dozens of survivors to recover and rebuild their lives. But there is still one person Rose must teach to forgive – her daughter Nangabire.

April 7, 2011, 7:00 pm – Bhutto As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, Benazir Bhutto led a life of Shakespearean dimensions. When the former prime minister of Pakistan was struck down by an assassin in December 2007, her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to a martyr in the hearts of her people.

May 5, 2011, 7:00 pm – Welcome to ShelbyvilleSet in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, Welcome To Shelbyville focuses on a small Southern town as they grapple with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration. The film captures the complexity of the African American, Latino, white, and Somali subjects as their lives intertwine against the backdrop of a crumbling economy and the election of a new president.

The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and exhibition, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.

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