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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Film Festival Examines Social Issues

Film Festival Examines Social Issues

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 1/19/2007- The University of Central Missouri will host "Show Me Your Issue," the American Democracy Project Campus Conference and Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Elliott Union.

Films Cover Variety of Topics

The festival will feature screenings and discussions of films from the award-winning PBS  independent, non-fiction film series, "Point of View." The films will cover a variety of topics, including religion, disability, war, the minimum wage, public education and health.

Luncheon Screening Features LA Filmmaker

A highlight of the event is a luncheon screening of the film "Dolls with Issues" and a plenary discussion with Los Angeles filmmaker Frederick J. Taylor of Tomorrow Pictures, Inc. A free deli buffet will be provided at the luncheon screening, which is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Elliott Union ballroom.

Three Films Planned for Morning Session

The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with morning screenings of three films:

  • "Waging and Living" in Elliott Union 123, with a discussion led by Maureen Wilt, associate professor of social work;
  • "State of Denial" in Elliott Union 233, with discussion led by Henry Wambuii, assistant professor of political science
  • "The Hobart Shakespeareans" in Elliott Union 238, with discussion led by David Sundberg, professor emeritus.

More Films After Lunch

Afternoon film screenings will follow the luncheon film and discussion, beginning at 1 p.m.:

  • "Freedom Machines" in Elliott Union 123, with discussion led by Dick Kahoe, associate professor of graphics
  • "My Country, My Country"  in Elliott Union 233, with discussion led by Akis Kalitzidis, assistant professor of political science
  • "Battle for the Minds" in Elliott Union 238, with discussion led by Cathy Kahoe, coordinator of the Missouri Center for Career Education.

The American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a co-operative initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), The New York Times, and AASCU member-institutions. The project involves 183 member campuses, including UCM. The project involves a series of national activities coordinated by the national project coordinators, and a series of campus activities coordinated by each participating campus.

For More Information

For more information on "Show Me Your Issue" and the American Democracy Project at UCM, contact Sharlene Garber Bax, associate professor of political science, at 660-543-4476.