Monthly Screenings

Upcoming Screening


Mon., March 5, 7:00 pm (Registration opens up at 6:30pm)

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA



It’s Criminal highlights the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offers a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other. Poignant and personal, the 80-minute feature documentary shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play that explores the often painful and troubled paths that landed the women behind bars and also shares some of their fragile visions for the future.

It’s a transformational movie that delves into privilege, poverty and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why. In addition to exploring disparities, It’s Criminal also captures how the students and prisoners struggle and ultimately succeed in overcoming their fears and prejudices to form hard won bonds of friendship, showing that empathy is a powerful force that can help bridge the divide.

Following the film, there will be a Q&A Producer & Director, Signe Taylor, moderated by The Boston Globe’s Janice Page.


Previous Screenings


Tues., February 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Kendall Square Cinema | Cambridge

Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart



Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon.

Following the film, there will be a Q&A with Director Tracy Heather Strain, Kimberly McLarin writer and associate professor at Emerson College, and Alexandria King actress and the documentary’s on-screen Lorraine Hansberry. This conversation will be moderated by Boston Globe’s Renee Graham.


Mon., January 29, 2018, 7:00 pm

Kendall Square Cinema | Cambridge



This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name. This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985. MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller and reunites the documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl for their third and most powerful film. MANKILLER reminds audiences of the true meaning of servant leadership and serves as a wake-up call to take action for positive change.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and an audience Q&A with Executive Producer, Gale Anne Hurd, moderated by The Boston Globe’s Janice Page.


Tues., November 21, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA



“Everest on the Track” is as much a historical study of Britain’s psychological, if not almost physical, need for something – anything – to erase to woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to the Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain’s flagging but still flickering morale?

The screening will be immediately followed by a panel with:

Tom Ratcliffe, Director & Producer

Becky Paige, Editor

Selena Roberts, Executive Producer

Moderated by The Boston Globe’s Janice Page


Wed., September 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA





The documentary, CELLING YOUR SOUL, was produced by a company called No App for Life, which is the first organization to design an educational program that gets to the root cause of negative cell phone behavior.  In a nutshell, it is about student’s reliance upon technology for “digital socialization” and the long-term effects that it is creating for them.  It examines the dangers of not having enough face-to-face interaction at this critical point in their development and how (potentially / hopefully) nice it could feel to let go of some screen time each day.

Following this screening, Joni Siani ( the producer)  leads a discussion that challenges the audience (both teens and adults) to take a “digital cleanse” and put down their social media for one week and try to engage in more authentic communication.



Wed., August 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA


Beyond the Wall offers a stirring portrait of life after prison, as it follows five formerly incarcerated men who are attempting to rebuild their lives on the outside, with little support from our criminal justice system. The film reveals a reality that runs against the grain of conventional wisdom and established public policies governing reentry. While recently released individuals navigate an anemic system of re-entry procedures in the institutions of the criminal justice system, the reality is that survival requires maneuvering through the informal and often chaotic world of the streets. These men have to knit together for themselves the very services and supports that the state re-entry system starkly lacks. Through personal stories of re-entry—including relapse, recovery and redemption, Beyond the Wall puts a human face on the social, economic and emotional barriers encountered by returning citizens, their families and their communities

The screening will be immediately followed by a panel with:

Bestor Cram, Producer/Director

Jenny Phillips, Producer/Director

Louie Diaz, Navigator for Middlesex Sheriffs Department Matador Program

Moderated by The Boston Globe Asst. Metro Editor, Anica Butler

Wednesday, July 12, 7:30 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre | Brookline, MA



STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of the heart of Baltimore.  These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so.  Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

The screening will be followed by a Q+A with Director/Producer Amanda Lipitz and Cast Members Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre, and Paula Dofat.

Moderated by The Boston Globe Arts Editor, Rebecca Ostriker



Monday, June 26, 7 pm

Somerville Theatre | Somerville, MA


A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.

The screening will be immediately followed by a Q+A moderated by The Boston Globe’s Jenna Russell.

Wednesday, May 31, 7 pm

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Moviehouse 2 | Brookline, MA


Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive.

Following the screening will be a panel with Errol Morris and Elsa Dorfman moderated by the Boston Globe’s, Mark Feeney.


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