Martin at the Movies: Oscar Preview and a Toronto Film Festival Wrap-up With Ann Arbor Radio Host Martin Bandyke

Thursday November 6, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Hear the early Oscar buzz! Ann Arbor 107one morning music host Martin Bandyke discusses the hits and misses at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. He will also give a preview of the many films shown there (and elsewhere) that are receiving early Oscar buzz.

Learn why the Toronto Film Festival and other festivals are so important for screening important new films. Hear what Martin has to say about The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher, Mommy, While We're Young, Pawn Sacrifice, and many other cinematic gems that will be arriving soon to local movie theaters. Hear Martin’s opinion on early Oscar frontrunners – and offer opinions of your own.

Film & Discussion: Precious Knowledge.

Thursday November 13, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 and Up

Precious Knowledge is a 2011 political documentary centered on the banning of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District of Arizona. It was directed by Ari Palos and produced by Eren Isabel McGinnis; both are founders of Dos Vatos Productions.

The film follows the lives of four students and several teachers in the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson High School. It follows the progression of local legislation put into place by the Arizona Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, in order to ban the Mexican American Studies program. The film was awarded the Premio Mesquite for Best Documentary at the Cine Festival at the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center in San Antonio, Texas.

A screening of the 125-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by the U-M Community Scholars Program, cosponsors of this event. The film is not rated.