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Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.

Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly  in your inbox!

Upcoming Film Programs

ActressFree Film Screening: “Actress
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Directed by Robert Greene, this documentary is a companion to our One Read book, “Station Eleven,” which also explores the nature of fame and the line between genuine behavior and self-conscious performance. Brandy Burre gave up her acting career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s carefully created starts to crumble around her. “Actress” is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself. Greene will lead a discussion following the film.

Free Film Screening: “Art & Art and Craft Craft
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Mark Landis is one of the most prolific art forgers of the modern era — and he isn’t in it for the money. In the last 30 years, he’s copied hundreds of pieces, from 15th-century icons to works by Picasso and even Dr. Seuss, then offered to donate them to unsuspecting museums across the country. This documentary directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker was an Official Selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.

Cutie and the BoxerFree Film Screening: “Cutie and the Boxer
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The Academy Award-nominated “Cutie and the Boxer” is a moving account of the chaotic and unconventional 40-year love affair and creative partnership between action painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, also an artist. This documentary, directed by Zachary Heinzerling, was featured at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the 2013 True/False Film Fest. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.

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