Join us this summer for our July film series of thought provoking and insightful films. Showings are free and open to the public — please bring a comfy lawn chair or blanket, and snacks as we gather before the big screen in our Fellowship Hall on the second floor of Heinsohn Hall. We will have popcorn and lemonade for everyone! The movies we will show are:
Tower | Wed. July 12 at 6:30 pm
This animated documentary film, directed by Keith Maitland, focuses on the events surrounding the shootings at UT Austin on August 1, 1966, when a sniper opened fire from the top of the UT tower. Based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, Tower combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. Gary Walker, one of the animators for the film, will be in attendance and will answer questions after the film.
Rating: TV-14 | Run Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Beauty and the Beast | Wed. July 19 at 6:30 pm
Disney’s live-action romantic musical is a re-imagining of the classic fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. This story centers around Belle, a smart and independent young woman taken captive by a beast in its castle. Over time she comes to befriend the enchanted castle’s staff and learns to see kind-natured prince beneath the gruff exterior of the beast. For our family-friendly movie we will provide popcorn and ice cream!
Rating: PG | Run Time: 2 hours 19 minutes
Starving the Beast | Wed. July 26 at 6:30 pm
Starving the Beast, which premiered in March at SXSW, takes a look at the politics of higher education, shedding light on 35 years of systematic defunding and a well-financed market oriented reform effort. The film reveals an historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a “value proposition” to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a “public good.” Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film vividly illustrates these issues in unfolding dramas at six public research universities: University of Wisconsin, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Texas, and Texas A&M. Steve Mims, director and screenwriter of this controversial documentary, will be leading a Q&A after the screening.
Rating: NR | Run Time: 1 hour 35 minutes