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

Cameraperson
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, “Cameraperson” is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. An Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and True/False Film Fest. (2016, 90 minutes)


Breaking a Monster
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

This documentary begins as the three members of the band “Unlocking the Truth” are all in junior high, spending their weekends playing a blend of heavy metal and speed punk in Times Square. Under the guidance of a 70-year-old industry veteran, the band lands a 1.8 million dollar record deal. At the same time, the boys are coming of age, not only as they make the leap to being professional musicians, but also as take their first steps into the complexities of adulthood. This film played at the 2015 Boone Dawdle event put on by the True/False Film Fest. (2016, 92 minutes)


Singing With Angry Bird
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Jae-Chang Kim runs a children’s choir in Pune, India. Although his quick temper earned him the nickname “Angry Bird,” he has made significant changes in the lives of the choir children. But skeptical of the practical value of music education, their parents are reluctant to let them sing. In order to convince them, Angry Bird decides to train the parents with their children for a joint concert, showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2018, 60 minutes)


QUEST
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest,” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their basement home music studio. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America and a testament to love, healing and hope. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Official Selection, 2017 Sundance Film Festival and True False Film Fest. (2018, 90 minutes)