Center Aisle Cinema

“Herman’s House” on April 23rd

February 12, 2014

hermanshouse2Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Herman’s House” (90 min.) tells the story of Herman Wallace, who may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he’s spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. When Herman meets artist Jackie Sumell, he finds a remarkable expression for his (more…)

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“A Girl Like Her” on April 27th

April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 27 › 2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Join us for a special showing of “A Girl Like Her” (48 min.) at Columbia Public Library. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including an adoptive parent, an adoptee, birth parents involved with an open and closed adoption and a social worker. Co-sponsored by the Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri.  Here’s a synopsis from the film webpage:

A GIRL LIKE HER reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child? The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption—that both reflected and shaped the public’s understanding of single pregnancy during that time—with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, with hindsight, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.

This documentary written and directed by Ann Fessler, author of “The Girls Who Went Away.” While this film is not part of the monthly Center Aisle Cinema series, we’d still encourage you to attend.


Docs Around Town: Apr. 18 – Apr. 24

April 17, 2014


April 18: Tim’s Vermeer” starts at Ragtag. (via)
April 23: Elena” 4:00 p.m. at  Tate Hall, Room 215, MU campus, free. (via)
April 23:
 “Herman’s House” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
April 24: Elena” 5:15 p.m. at Ragtag. (via)


New DVD: “Muscle Shoals”

April 16, 2014


We recently added “Muscle Shoals” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at Forum 8 in March, and currently has a rating of 97% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. The library also has the film soundtrack on CD. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.


New DVD: “Spinning Plates”

April 14, 2014


We recently added “Spinning Plates” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 85% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

The story of three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect people to one another.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.


Docs Around Town: Apr. 11 – Apr. 17

April 10, 2014


April 14:The Girls in the Band” 6:00 p.m. at Ragtag, free. (via)


New DVD: “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’”

April 9, 2014


We recently added “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’” to the DBRL collection. The film played last year on PBS and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters, and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius. Recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival is among the previously unseen treasures featured.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.