Film & Discussion: 'GASLAND PART II'

Thursday September 18, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library 4th floor meeting room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with methane, the potent greenhouse gas. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in filmmaker Josh Fox's words, "contaminating our democracy."

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. GASLAND PART II is not rated.

Film & Discussion: 'Valentine Road'

Thursday September 25, 2014: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- Michigan Theater

2013 Sundance film, "Valentine Road" will be screened at the Michigan Theater followed by a Q&A with its director, Marta Cunningham.

In 2008, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head. With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry’s and Brandon’s troubled lives—both bullied and both searching for a sense of belonging.

This event is sponsored by U-M Library in conjunction with Film Forward and AADL. For more information and for a list of sponsors please see Sundance.org. There will be no charge for admission to this event and the film is not rated.

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Film & Discussion: 'Inequality for All'

Thursday October 9, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 to adult

A passionate argument on behalf of the middle class, "Inequality For All" features former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy. Reich, an American economist, author, and professor, explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself.

A screening of the 85-minute film will be followed by a discussion led by the U-M Community Scholars Program, cosponsors of this event. "Inequality For All" is not rated.