Events

August 2017

 

Screening of “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” with Laura Dunn

Date: January 1, 1970

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Time: 7:00 pm
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9:30 pm

Austin filmmaker Laura Dunn explores the work of Wendell Berry in her new documentary “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry.” The film revolves around stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky, who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community.

In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies, and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion, and debt. Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one of its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

Dunn will answer questions after the 7 pm screening. There will be a second screening at 9:40 pm. Tickets are available online.

Location: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, 78704

Our Revolution Central Texas Regional Meeting

Date: August 27, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Our Revolution Central Texas is holding its second regional membership meeting for Austin and surrounding counties. Agenda items include supporting Medicare for All, endorsements of progressive candidates, and organizing Our Revolution local chapters.

Our Revolution is a progressive political action organization that emerged out of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive (exit off I-35, west on Wells Branch Parkway)

Screening of “Where Should the Birds Fly?”

Date: August 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  10:00 pm

 

Where Should The Birds Fly?” is the story of two young women, survivors of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. The film visually tells the story of the efforts of Gazans to live and work under conditions of siege, and documents the horrific Israeli military attack. It is also about the struggle of these two women to maintain humanity, humor and hope, and to find some sense of normality in a world that is anything but normal.

More information on the Facebook event page.

Location: MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, Austin, 78751

Screening of “I Am Here”

Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

I Am Here,” a feature-length film inspired by the stories of Youth Rise members and produced in collaboration with the Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective, tells the story of an aspiring poet navigating young adulthood and the political realities of being part of a family with mixed immigration status. The screening will be followed by a panel with Youth Rise members.

The screening kicks off fundraising for the Mentored Youth Fellowship Program, which supports youth working on a transformative project of their own design with the guidance and support of an adult mentor. “I Am Here” is the final project of one of last year’s fellows, Edson Cruz, who was mentored by a filmmaker.

Location: First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin, 78701

“It Happened Here” Documentary Screening

Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm  to  9:00 pm

 

“It Happened Here” explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change. In raw and intimate interviews, the students describe surviving sexual assault only to be met with apathy, disbelief, blame and retaliation from the authorities when they tried to report the crime. Instead of hiding away in shame, they chose to speak out and found a way to force institutional change.

A reception begins at 6:30 pm with the screening at 7 pm, to be followed by a brief conversation.

The screening is part of the “Controversy & Conversation” series, a collaboration between the Austin Public Library and the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program at the University of Texas. More information online.

Location: Austin Public Library, Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 78702