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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

WXXI HOSTS FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA SCREENINGS TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY DIALOGUE AROUND IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES

Rochester, New York (February 9, 2010) – WXXI will host a series of free screenings featuring films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 7-9 p.m.  The screenings, held at WXXI's Studios (280 State Street, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. The screenings are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required. To learn more, visit <WXXI.org/communitycinema> or call (585) 258-0200.

Community Cinema films and screening dates:

THE EYES OF ME – Tuesday, February 16, 7-9 p.m.
The documentary follows four blind teens learning how to fit in and live independently. At the Texas School for the Blind students juggle all the usual pressures of high school along with the added struggles of growing up blind. Spend a dynamic year with these four young people who are forced to confront the world without sight and share their inner visions of the outer world. Ultimately, you cannot understand their perceptions without challenging your own.
Panelist include: Erin Meehan-Fairben, Superintendent, New York State School for the Blind, Batavia, NY; Linda Voigt, Vision Rehabilitation Teacher, NYS Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped; Cynthia Baker, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, TOSA and BUP Co-President; and Nikki Llewellyn, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, ABVI-Goodwill.

The television broadcast of The Eyes of Me airs Tuesday, March 2 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).

DIRT! THE MOVIE – Tuesday, April 6, 7-9 p.m.
Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well…dirt.
Panelists: TBD

The television broadcast of Dirt! The Movie airs Tuesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).

THE HORSE BOY – Tuesday, April 27, 7-9 p.m.
How far would you travel to heal someone you love? For one Texas couple, it means a spiritual journey halfway around the world to Mongolia. When their son is diagnosed with autism, they seek the best treatments but nothing works… Until they discover their son’s connection to horses and the effect it has on him. Part travel adventure and shamanic quest, this is the story of how one family found a gateway into understanding their son’s life.
Panelists: TBD

The television broadcast of The Horse Boy airs Tuesday, May 11 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES – Tuesday, May 18, 7-9 p.m.
Welcome to Versailles, New Orleans––home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. For over 30 years, its residents lived a quiet existence on the edge of New Orleans. But then came Hurricane Katrina, the immense garbage piles, and the shocking discovery of a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. Watch as they fight back, turning a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance to build a better future.
Panelists: TBD

The television broadcast of A Village Called Versailles airs Tuesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).

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