Film At The Linda

WAMC has, since the opening of The Linda, hosted a variety of film presentations with an overall focus on socially relevant cinema. While our Documentary Film Program maintains this basic format, we continue to present films and film events of all genres.

WAMC is committed to solidifying The Linda’s place as one of the region's resident film exhibitors by presenting film that reflects the station's commitment to social discourse and community support. We hope that you will find this website a useful tool with information on upcoming film events at the Linda, calendar postings for regional film events beyond the Linda, past broadcasts on WAMC Northeast Public Radio on film related topics and links to film resources and organizations to help you connect with the film community as a whole.

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Upcoming Films

Which Way Home

Wednesday 4/30 - Film 7:00 PM - FREE

a film by Rebecca Cammisa

Presented by Amnesty International Local Group 361

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, Which Way Home shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United States.

ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee 2010 Best Documentary Feature

Followed by a Q&A

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast." Director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

They are the ones you never hear about - the invisible ones.

 

The Global Campaign for Education presents Girl Rising

Tuesday 5/6 - Film 7:00 PM - $8.00

The Global Campaign for Education, US Chapter

and

The International Center of the Capital Region

Presents

Girl Rising

with a wine and cheese reception and panel discussion featuring Christine Lowery, COO and Executive Producer of Girl Rising

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls' remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

The Global Campaign for Education, U.S. Chapter

GCE-US is a broad-based coalition of national and community-based organizations, international NGOs, teacher unions, faith-based groups, and think tanks dedicated to ensuring universal quality education for all children.

The mission of the Global Campaign for Education-US Chapter is to promote education as a basic human right and mobilize to create political will in the United States and internationally to ensure universal quality education, which is at the core of all human development.

Founded in 2003 by Gene Sperling, formerly the Director of the Center for Universal Education, GCE-US has grown into a thriving and diverse coalition with more than 60 member organizations across the country working together to increase awareness of the need for Education for All.

About ICCR of Albany

"The International Center of New York State's Capital Region is a non-profit, membership organization which works to promote international and cultural understanding and to increase global awareness of the region's assets. We accomplish this by:

Serving as citizen diplomats by hosting international visitors;
Fostering and implementing education and advocacy initiatives focusing on cultural diversity, economic development, human rights, and the global environment; Promoting professional and cultural exchanges and offering shared services for the region's international groups; and
Fostering long-term relationships with foreign cities and regions."

"The International Center is New York State's leader in fostering local and international cultural exchanges, education, and understanding. It is a professionally staffed organization dedicated to enabling the residents of the Capital Region to actively participate in citizen diplomacy through collaborative events and activities bringing together the region's residents, institutions, and businesses."

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These are a few of the films we are considering screening here at The Linda. If you would like to comment or have a film suggestion of your own, please e-mail us at: film@thelinda.org

CLEAR CUT: The Story of Philomath, Oregon

In the rural Oregon logging town of Philomath, every high school graduate has their college tuition paid thanks to the generosity of local lumber baron Rex Clemens. But when a new schools Superintendent arrives from Chicago, the administrators of the scholarship become concerned over the increasingly "liberal" direction of the schools. The conflict between the old-time loggers and the "urban immigrants" escalates dramatically, and the scholarship administrators deliver an ultimatum: either the superintendent leaves, or the scholarship is withdrawn, leaving the town's children without money for college.

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THE FLAW

The Flaw makes one thing clear from the outset -- there was nothing simple about the U.S. financial collapse of 2007. Within minutes, experts had identified plenty of culprits: market failure, a credit culture, a wage crisis, a debt crisis, and upward redistribution of income. That's economic shorthand for fasten your seatbelt.
David Sington's rigorously constructed analysis of the meltdown, told entirely by economists, brokers, bankers, and borrowers, plays like a financial whodunit. Moving past the usual suspects, it creates a vivid historical context through which to view twentieth-century American capitalism.
Bolstered by graphics and animation (ironically plucked from postwar cartoons extolling free markets) the film renders complex ideas digestible and argues that capitalism has changed in the last 30 years -- and not for the better. Once sold on consumer power through borrowing and a higher standard of living, we realize we bought into a lie. The Flaw has burst the bubble.

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THE LAST MOUNTAIN

It's easy to forget that each time we turn on a light, we are contributing to the ecological damage caused by the coal that generates electricity in this country. The Last Mountain gives us plenty of reasons to remember. Contaminated air, soil, and water; coal dust, cancer clusters, and toxic sludge are all by-products of this widespread energy source.
Focusing on the devastating effects of mountaintop coal removal in West Virginia's Coal River Valley, filmmaker Bill Haney illustrates the way residents and activists are standing up to the industry and major employer that is so deeply embedded in the region. With strong support from Bobby Kennedy Jr. and grassroots organizations, awareness is rising in the battle over Appalachian mountaintop mining. Forces are aligning to prevent coal removal on Coal River Mountain and preserve the region's precious natural resources. Superb storytelling and exquisite photography combine to remind us that this environmental calamity impacts us all.


HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

From its opening scene, where a terminally ill cancer patient takes a lethal dose of Seconal and literally dies on camera, it becomes shockingly clear that How to Die in Oregon is a special film. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands.
In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson (Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival) gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether -- and when -- to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.


The Elephant in the Living Room

The Elephant in the Living Room is a documentary film about the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets. Director Michael Webber follows the journey of two men at the heart of the issue. One, Tim Harrison, a man whose mission is to protect exotic animals and the public, and the other, Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to keep his two pet African lions that he loves like his own family.

The Elephant in the Living Room is screening at Rosendale and Spectrum Theatres . Sarah LaDuke of WAMC's The Roundtable speaks with one of the subjects of the film, Tim Harrison. Tim is a decorated police officer, firefighter and paramedic. In his career, Harrison has captured and rescued literally hundreds of lions, tigers, alligators, bears and deadly snakes, all in the United States.

Listen by copying and pasting this link:

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1789378/The.Roundtable/The.Elephant.in.the.Living.Room

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WHICH WAY HOME
Wednesday 4/30
Film 7:00 PM
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THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN FOR EDUCATION PRESENTS GIRL RISING
Tuesday 5/6
Film 7:00 PM
$8.00
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT - BLOOD BROTHER
Thursday 5/15
Film 7:00 PM
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