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Afternoon Film: Woman at War

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(Iceland, 2018, 101 min., color, DCP, NR, subtitled)

Starring Halldora Geirharosdottir and Johann Sigurdarson

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. – Official Site

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Woman at War

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(Iceland, 2018, 101 min., color, DCP, NR, subtitled)

Starring Halldora Geirharosdottir and Johann Sigurdarson

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. – Official Site

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: Evanston's Living History

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2008, 55 min., color, DVD, NR)

It is the story of a community’s struggle for justice; with roots extending to the town of Abbeville, South Carolina and the horrific lynching of one of its prominent citizens, Anthony Crawford.

It is the story of Crawford’s granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and great, great-granddaughter working alongside the families of Emmett Till, Michael Schwerener, James Earl Chaney, and Andrew Goodman to gain passage of United States Senate Resolution 39, which apologized for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation.

It is the story of Evanston’s greatest generation, and their courageous fight to free Evanston from the bondage of racial discrimination.

With interviews featuring some of those who lived this history: Joseph Burton, Phillip Crawford, Rosetta Gradford, Bishop and Mary Harvey, Sanders Hicks, Viola Hillsman, Sue Holloway, Delores Holmes, Doria D. Johnson, Rose Jourdain, William Logan, Jr., Eleanor “Brownie” Moore, the Hon. Lorraine H. Morton, Dr. Larry G. Murphy, Allen “Bo” Price, Mary Walker, Byron Wilson, and George E. Young, Sr. – Official Site

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This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Evanston's Living History

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2008, 55 min., color, DVD, NR)

It is the story of a community’s struggle for justice; with roots extending to the town of Abbeville, South Carolina and the horrific lynching of one of its prominent citizens, Anthony Crawford.

It is the story of Crawford’s granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and great, great-granddaughter working alongside the families of Emmett Till, Michael Schwerener, James Earl Chaney, and Andrew Goodman to gain passage of United States Senate Resolution 39, which apologized for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation.

It is the story of Evanston’s greatest generation, and their courageous fight to free Evanston from the bondage of racial discrimination.

With interviews featuring some of those who lived this history: Joseph Burton, Phillip Crawford, Rosetta Gradford, Bishop and Mary Harvey, Sanders Hicks, Viola Hillsman, Sue Holloway, Delores Holmes, Doria D. Johnson, Rose Jourdain, William Logan, Jr., Eleanor “Brownie” Moore, the Hon. Lorraine H. Morton, Dr. Larry G. Murphy, Allen “Bo” Price, Mary Walker, Byron Wilson, and George E. Young, Sr. – Official Site

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This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Sandra Steingraber Film: Unfractured

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

Dr. Sandra Steingraber will introduce her film.

From its website: A hopeful documentary about fighting with your whole heart, UNFRACTURED follows introspective biologist and mother Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist and throws herself into a an environmental war that many believe is unwinnable.

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Afternoon Film: Light of Hope

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(Spain, 2017, 96 min., color, DVD, NR, subtitled)

Starring Noemie Schmidt and Nausicaa Bonnin

Based on the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011) and her female co-workers who saved the lives of almost 600 infants in World War II.

In the early 1940's, refugees from all over Europe seek shelter in South Western France, escaping persecution from the Nazis and from Franco's regime in Spain. Among them, there are countless women, some of them pregnant, and their little children. The camps are in horrendous shape with refugees holding out with no protection from the cold. With no further ado, young Red Cross nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz breathes new life into an old villa. By transforming it into a birth clinic she saves the lives of mothers and children from certain death. Despite all hardship, the villa becomes a safe haven resounding with the children's laughter. But soon threats from without and within take shape: Authorities in Nazi-occupied France demand that she hand over all Jewish refugees and their children, while Elisabeth's deputy Victoria sides with the Résistance partisans – a worthy cause but one that puts at stake the lives of everyone in the maternity. – Menemsha Films

“Silvia Quer has stated she wishes the film to have a message for the 21st Century, an age of displaced persons and refugees. However, the story never spouts a didactic ideology. Rather, it reflects Eidenbenz’s simple reason for working so hard to create a haven of hope amid surrounding despair, something the Swiss citizen articulated during an interview: “Neither misery nor unhappiness have a homeland.” – Alan Gerstle, The Critical Critics, 11/29/2018

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Light of Hope

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(Spain, 2017, 96 min., color, DVD, NR, subtitled)

Starring Noemie Schmidt and Nausicaa Bonnin

Based on the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011) and her female co-workers who saved the lives of almost 600 infants in World War II.

In the early 1940's, refugees from all over Europe seek shelter in South Western France, escaping persecution from the Nazis and from Franco's regime in Spain. Among them, there are countless women, some of them pregnant, and their little children. The camps are in horrendous shape with refugees holding out with no protection from the cold. With no further ado, young Red Cross nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz breathes new life into an old villa. By transforming it into a birth clinic she saves the lives of mothers and children from certain death. Despite all hardship, the villa becomes a safe haven resounding with the children's laughter. But soon threats from without and within take shape: Authorities in Nazi-occupied France demand that she hand over all Jewish refugees and their children, while Elisabeth's deputy Victoria sides with the Résistance partisans – a worthy cause but one that puts at stake the lives of everyone in the maternity. – Menemsha Films

“Silvia Quer has stated she wishes the film to have a message for the 21st Century, an age of displaced persons and refugees. However, the story never spouts a didactic ideology. Rather, it reflects Eidenbenz’s simple reason for working so hard to create a haven of hope amid surrounding despair, something the Swiss citizen articulated during an interview: “Neither misery nor unhappiness have a homeland.” – Alan Gerstle, The Critical Critics, 11/29/2018

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: The Mustang

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(France, 2019, 96 min., color, DCP, R)

Starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Bruce Dern

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang. – Rottentomatoes.com

“This film was developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute lab for emerging talent; he certainly found one in French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, here making an impressive feature directorial debut.” – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 3/21/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: The Mustang

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(France, 2019, 96 min., color, DCP, R)

Starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Bruce Dern

Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an "outdoor maintenance" program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation. Spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer (Bruce Dern) and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell), Roman is accepted into the selective wild horse training section of the program, where he finds his own humanity in gentling an especially unbreakable mustang. – Rottentomatoes.com

“This film was developed at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute lab for emerging talent; he certainly found one in French actress Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, here making an impressive feature directorial debut.” – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 3/21/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: Through a Lens Darkly

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2014, 90 min., color, DVD, NR)

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action. – First Run Features

"A fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post, 12/11/2014

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Through a Lens Darkly

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2014, 90 min., color, DVD, NR)

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action. – First Run Features

"A fascinating, visually stunning, emotionally devastating documentary by Thomas Allen Harris.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post, 12/11/2014

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: The Public

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2019, 119 min., color, DVD, PG-13)

Starring Emilio Estevez and Alec Baldwin

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a standoff with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. – IMDb.com

“Writer-director-star Emilio Estevez turns a library occupied by homeless citizens as ground zero for our under-fire democracy. Bravo!” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 4/13/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: The Public

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2019, 119 min., color, DVD, PG-13)

Starring Emilio Estevez and Alec Baldwin

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a standoff with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. – IMDb.com

“Writer-director-star Emilio Estevez turns a library occupied by homeless citizens as ground zero for our under-fire democracy. Bravo!” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 4/13/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: Woman Walks Ahead

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2018, 101 min., color, DVD, R)

Starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes

Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her. – Official Site

“Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes bring smarts and chemistry to this worthy Western.” – Tomris Laffly, Time Out, 6/28/2018

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Woman Walks Ahead

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2018, 101 min., color, DVD, R)

Starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes

Based on true events, Woman Walks Ahead tells the story of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a widowed artist from New York who, in the 1880s, traveled alone to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Her arrival at Standing Rock is met with open hostility by a US Army officer (Sam Rockwell), who has stationed troops around the Lakota reservation to undermine Native American claims to the land. As Catherine and Sitting Bull grow closer, and as their friendship—and his life—are threatened by government forces, Catherine must stand up and fight for what is most important to her. – Official Site

“Jessica Chastain and Michael Greyeyes bring smarts and chemistry to this worthy Western.” – Tomris Laffly, Time Out, 6/28/2018

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Afternoon Film: Poms

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2019, 91 min., color, DCP, PG-13)

Starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver

Poms is an uplifting comedy about Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

 “I found it, in order, depressing, moving and uplifting.” – Stephen Romei, The Australian, 5/24/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Evening Film: Poms

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Crandall Public Library
Christine L. McDonald Community Room

(USA, 2019, 91 min., color, DCP, PG-13)

Starring Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver

Poms is an uplifting comedy about Martha (played by Diane Keaton), a woman who moves into a retirement community and starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents, Sheryl (Jacki Weaver), Olive (Pam Grier) and Alice (Rhea Perlman), proving that it's never too late to follow your dreams.

 “I found it, in order, depressing, moving and uplifting.” – Stephen Romei, The Australian, 5/24/2019

This program is made possible in part with public funds from the Electronic Media and Film Program of the State of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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