Independent Youth Cinema
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 5:18pm
Every Friday from 3 to 5:15 p.m., we will feature a young adult-oriented film with themes that focus on poetry, jazz or an appreciation for nature (free and open to the public with popcorn provided!).
Friday, April 6
Chops (Not Rated) 2009: A group of high school students from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a public school in Jacksonville, Florida, try to win a competition. The prize is an amazing opportunity to play at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival at New York's Lincoln Center and an opportunity to work with famed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
Friday, April 13
Hip-Hop Project (Not Rated) 2006: This is the dynamic and inspirational story of a group of New York City teenagers who transform their life stories into powerful works of art, using hip-hop as a vehicle for self-development and personal discovery. The film traces the evolution of this award-winning outreach program developed by Kazi, a formerly homeless teenager turned youth mentor. After four years of collaboration, the group produced a powerful and thought-provoking album that provides a revealing look at their lives.
Friday, April 23
Into the Wild (Rated R-Language) 2008: Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people -- a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story.
Friday, April 30
Avatar (Rated PG-13) 2009: Jake Sully is a former Marine who uses a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na'vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na'vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake's life -- which changes everything.