Johnson State, Vermont Public Television Bring Community Cinema to Lamoille County

Vermont Public Television is partnering with Johnson State College to bring the network's popular Community Cinema program to Lamoille County.


Launched in 2009, VPT's Community Cinema presents free, monthly screenings of the award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens, followed by panel discussions with audience members.

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The JSC-VPT partnership will bring six films and discussions about timely social issues to Johnson State College this academic year, starting with The Graduates/Los Graduados: Women's Stories at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. This film examines pressing issues in education through the eyes of Latina adolescents in the U.S.


All Community Cinema films and discussions at Johnson will take place in the Stearns Cinema, located on the first (lower) floor of the Stearns Student Center on the JSC campus, at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.


Other Community Cinema events this year will be:


The State of Arizona, focusing on the battle over illegal immigration in that state: Dec. 3, 2013.

Las Marthas, focusing on the year-long preparation of Mexican-American teens in Texas for an exclusive pageant and ball that raises questions about tradition, identity and the role of women along the border: Feb. 4, 2014.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali, about Ali’s conversion to Islam and the related issues of race, faith and identity that remain today, March 18, 2014.

Medora, focusing on a once-booming rural community and its residents struggling to rebound: April 15, 2014.

The New Black, an examination of homophobia in the black church and efforts by conservative Christians to advance their anti-gay political agenda: May 6, 2014.

"VPT is thrilled to welcome Johnson State College as a new, formal partner in the Community Cinema program," says Chuck Pizer, VPT’s director of community engagement. "JSC is the heart of this community, and it offers both its students and the public at large high-quality intellectual and cultural opportunities."


"We're excited to work with VPT to bring the Community Cinema program to the greater Johnson area," adds David Bergh, JSC's dean of student life and college relations. "These films raise important issues that deserve our attention, and Community Cinema ensures that we are all part of the discussion."


In addition, Bergh notes, the program will help to reinforce and strengthen connections between JSC and surrounding communities.


Johnson is the sixth — and smallest — community partnering with VPT to make this free programming available to the public. Other partnerships are in place in Burlington Middlebury, Montpelier, Rutland and South Burlington.


For more information about the program, contact Chuck Pizer at or 802-654-3688. For information about Community Cinema at Johnson State College, contact David Bergh at or 802-635-1200.