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 Screening: The Michigan Beer Film

Sunday October 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- Bill's Beer Garden - 218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden in downtown Ann Arbor for an evening screening of The Michigan Beer Film. The film explores Michigan's thriving craft beer industry through entertaining interviews and visits to breweries and venues.

The Michigan Beer Film visits brewers like Scott Sullivan, Ryan Sylvester, Eric Kuhnhenn, Joe Short; Hop growers like Brian Tennis, Joel Mulder, Jeff and Bonnie Steinman; Entrepreneurs like Ben Fleckenstein, Michael Kiser and Stephen Roginson. The Dark Horse Brewery stars of The History Channel’s new reality series Dark Horse Nation are also featured.

Bill's Beer Garden is an open-air venue, so grab a sweater if it's chilly, then come on down, watch the movie, and enjoy a good beer! This event is free to the public.

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.

U-M Community Scholars Film Series. 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. GASLAND PART II is not rated.