Center Aisle Cinema

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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! You can also check out previous Center Aisle Cinema films in the library catalog.

Upcoming Film Programs


From This Day Forward
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage, and their family, survived intact. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2015, 75 minutes)

Special guest Mason Aid from The Center Project will join us for a post-film discussion. The Center Project’s mission is to provide resources and a safe space for LGBTQ individuals to meet, to play, and to grow. Their outreach efforts focus on youth, families, and people living in rural areas.


4.1 Miles
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In this Oscar-nominated short film, director Daphne Matziaraki follows a day in the life of Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard who is caught in the middle of the biggest refugee crisis since WWII. Despite limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save thousands of migrants from drowning in the Aegean Sea. Staff from Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri will lead a discussion and share information on volunteering to help refugees get settled in our community. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2017, 24 minutes)


No Impact Man
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein, this documentary tells the story of author Colin Beavan who went completely “green,” giving up virtually all of the comforts of modern living — electricity, gas-powered transportation, shipped food and public waste disposal — in a drastic effort to curb his environmental impact. 2009 True/False Film Fest selection. (2009, 93 minutes)


The Music of Strangers
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective of musicians created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville follows the performance group as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. 2016 True/False Film Fest selection. (2015, PG-13, 96 minutes)

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