all films are subjct to change upon availablilty
Jan 24-26 Bad Grandpa
Jan 31-2 Carrie
Feb 7-9 Captain Phillips
Feb 14-16 About Time
Feb 21-23 Gravity
Feb 28-2 Thor: The Dark World
March 7-9 Frozen
March 28-30 Hunger Games: Catching Fire
April 4-6 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
April 11-13 Saving Mr. Banks
April 18-20 American Hustle
April 25-27 August: Osage County
Social Issues of Our Time Film Series
A Contemporary Issues program
January 23 – The Butler – This film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. In conjunction with the university’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
January 30 – Inequality for All – In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic policy expert Robert Reich takes on the question of what has been happening to our economy. Through the lens of widening income inequality he explores what affects this increasing gap has not only on our economy but our democracy itself.
February 6 – Escape Fire – This film tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our broken healthcare system? The film examines the powerful forces trying to maintain the status quo in a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care.
February 13 – Bridegroom – Shane Bitney Crone's plan to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years is killed & his family refuses him from attending the funeral. Co-sponsored by WCU LGBTQA Services.
February 20 – Blackfish – Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill. Blackfish tells the story of the notorious performing whale, Tilikum, who – unlike any orca in the wild – has taken the lives of several people while in captivity, and expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.
February 27 – Call Me Crazy – Through five shorts, powerful relationships built on hope & triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center.
March 6 – Hotel Rwanda – The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. This screening is co-sponsored by WCU’s History Department, Peace & Conflict Studies & Holocaust & Genocide Studies, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.
March 27 – Telling Amy’s Story –Hosted by actress & activist Mariska Hargitay, & told by detective Deirdi Fishel, Telling Amy’s Story follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred in State College, PA on November 8, 2001. Co-Sponsored by WCU’s Criminal Justice Department & the Women’s Center
April 3 – The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia – Successful leaders reflect on their dyslexic experiences, as a high school senior must overcome the challenges of dyslexia to achieve his dream of getting into a competitive college. Co-Sponsored by the Office of Services for Student with Disabilities
April 24 – Shored Up – When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast it was a wakeup call to a new reality. Shored Up takes us to the heart of this climate change controversy, following communities in New Jersey & North Carolina where politics, economics & science collide. Co-Sponsored by the Sustainability Advisory Council
All Contemporary Issues films are shown in Sykes Theatre.
Free to students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. $2 cash to the public.
Thursdays at 8PM