Center Aisle Cinema – Daniel Boone Regional Library

Center Aisle Cinema

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

Brimstone & Glory
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town, while artisans show off their technical virtuosity. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the festival anchors their way of life. It is an explosive event with unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, this visually stunning film honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself. A 2017 True/False Film Fest selection. Directed by Viktor Jakovleski and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. (2018, 60 minutes)


Hilleman – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

As a complement to the Outbreak Exhibit on display at the Columbia Public Library January 15 – February 15, this film tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Dr. Kinjal Majumder, ASM Young Ambassador for Science, will lead a short discussion following the film. Shown in partnership with the American Society of Microbiology, MU Bond Life Sciences Center and the University of Missouri School of Medicine. (2016, 67 minutes)


“How to True False”
Saturday, February 2, 2019 • 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Get ready for the True/False Film Fest with the help of the library, 102.3BXR and KFRU. You’ll get a step-by-step explanation of all things True/False, as well as a Q&A session with fest organizers and an exclusive sneak peek at a few films before the schedule is released.