While there’s something to be said for steadfastness and stability, perhaps a wiser approach to life is one that embraces change and diversity.
The idea of evolution and change as a means to success is one of the driving forces behind Centre County Library’s presentation of the Sundance “Film Forward” mini festival, which kicks off April 11 at Philipsburg’s Rowland Theatre.
“Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue” is an international touring program that aims to expose rural and urban communities to independent film. agencies.
“(Film Forward) is geared at bringing cultural diversity and starting — sometimes very powerful — conversations in communities,” said Tracy Carey, director of public services for the Centre County Library.
April 11’s film, “If You Build It,” explores how two teachers’ innovative and, to some, controversial, approach to education transformed their rural North Carolina community.
“It’s a really complex and interesting look at how you can use an alternative approach to education in the classroom and make that be a catalyst that creates community change,” Carey said.
The film will be shown free to the public. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the theater lobby, followed by the film at 6 p.m.
After the screening, viewers are invited to attend a Q&A session with the film’s producer, Christine O’Malley.
While 16 other libraries in the state are holding Film Forward mini festivals, Centre County is one of just two to host a Sundance filmmaker to kick off the program. O’Malley’s appearance represents an opportunity for the public to engage in a meaningful conversation about the community’s approach to and relationship with education.
“Communities need young people to help foster change,” Carey said. “Everyone in our community should have a vested interest in the education we’re providing, and whether it encourages students to become community advocates and teaches them how to bring what they’re learning back into the community.”