Community Cinema offers monthly special sneak preview screenings of films scheduled for upcoming broadcast on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. All Community Cinema screenings feature panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information and resources, and other programming designed to help people learn about and get involved in some of today’s key social issues.

The screenings, which are offered free of charge, will take place at the Missouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium, located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park. The films themselves will be broadcast at later dates as part of Independent Lens on Nine PBS.

2014-2015 Community Cinema Screenings

Join us at the Missouri History Museum for free screenings of the Emmy Award-winning PBS film series Independent Lens, followed by audience-driven panel discussions hosted by Nine Network producer Jim Kirchherr. This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people and igniting conversations through independent film.

MAKERS: Women in Space
October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
A film by Dyllan McGee & Peter Kunhardt

MAKERS is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact of women over the past 50 years. The “Women in Space” episode traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and features the next generation of pioneering women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts making
small but significant steps forward.

Evolution of a Criminal
November 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
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.

A Path Appears
January 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
A film by Maro Chermayeff

A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

American Denial
February 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
A film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine
Herbes-Sommers, & Kelly Thomson

Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

The Homestretch
April 1, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
A film by Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly

Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

Limited Partnership
May 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
A film by Thomas Miller & Kirk Marcolina

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

2014–2015 SEASON – Special Opportunities

Special Classroom and Community Screenings
Community Cinema features monthly screenings from the Emmy-Award winning series Independent Lens, and is on location in more than 90 cities nationwide. The 2014-2015 season offers six films that will be screened locally at the Missouri History Museum and also includes opportunities for deeper community engagement by offering special classroom and community screenings.

By offering additional screenings to schools, student groups, and community groups we will provide access to high quality video content that promotes discussion and involvement in many of the key social issues of our time. You are invited to participate by organizing a screening of a full feature or you can select shortform film modules adapted from award-winning ITVS documentaries. This content may be preferable to fit within a class period, school schedule, or particular theme you are interested in. These film modules include standards-based lesson plans for high school and community colleges, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and youth organizations. These materials will support the development of critical thinking and writing skills, media literacy and media creation, as well as provide opportunities to engage with local service organizations and take action on today’s most compelling social issues.

New OVEE Platform Enables Online Screenings and Discussions
The 2014-15 season of Community Cinema debuts an innovative new online platform that makes it possible to host real-time screenings and discussions with people in different locations within the community, across the country or anywhere in the world.

Known as OVEE, the new Online Video Engagement Experience platform developed by ITVS, is a web application that allows online video viewers of public television content to interact with one another in real time via social media wherever they may be.

The concept is simple: Gather viewers online to converse electronically while watching PBS and Nine Network content.

To learn more about the OVEE experience or to explore upcoming screenings check out

For more information about OVEE or to schedule a special classroom or community screening, please contact Mike Pagano, Nine Network Community Cinema Screening Coordinator at 314.512.9125 or
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Presented by the Nine Network and the Missouri History Museum in collaboration with Independent Lens and ITVS.