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WCNY to host series of free screenings in Syracuse, Ithaca, Utica

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned flagship public broadcaster presents a series of free event screenings in March and April.

Women, War & Peace Season 2

March 18 at 7 p.m.

WCNY Broadcast and Education Center

415 W. Fayette St.

Syracuse, NY 13204

Join WCNY for a free screening of one of the episodes of “Women, War & Peace Season 2.” A discussion with the producer and award-winning documentarian, Abigail E. Disney, follows the preview. Members of Central New York’s Women Transcending Boundaries will discuss their efforts in a post 9/11 world. The Women, War & Peace National Community Engagement Initiative is funded by the Compton Foundation.

About Women, War & Peace Season 2

The four-part series spotlights women who are asserting and defending their human rights from Tahrir Square to Mumbai, Belfast to Bangladesh, the shantytowns of Port au Prince to the fraternities of American college campuses. The series places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about freedom, security and essential human values, and demonstrate that achieving and maintaining peace goes hand in hand with equality between men and women. Watch it from 9 to 11 p.m. March 25 and 26 on WCNY-TV.

About the Producer

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As president and CEO of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and co-created the subsequent PBS series Women, War & Peace. She is also the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence. The companies and stories that have most meaning for Abigail are the ones which foster human understanding. She has executive produced and supported over 100 projects through Fork Films’ funding program and created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice.

The screening is free but registration is required at wcny.org/events.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Night

Part of the Indie Lens Pop Up Event Series

March 20 (Fred Rogers’ Birthdate) at 7 p.m.

WCNY Broadcast and Education Center

415 W. Fayette St.

Syracuse, NY 13204
Adults are invited to join WCNY for a free screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Guests are invited to dress in their favorite Fred Rogers attire–sneakers and a sweater, bring a canned item to donate to the Food Bank of Central New York or a sweater for Salvation Army and Rescue Mission, and enjoy cupcakes. A brief discussion will be facilitated by McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center following the screening. The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and Early Childhood Alliance will provide information and participate in the discussion too.

About Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.

In “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

The screening is free but registration is required at wcny.org/events.

The Providers

Part of the Indie Lens Pop Up Event Series

March 26 at 7 p.m.

Cinemapolis

120 E. Green St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Join WCNY for a free screening of “The Providers” at Cinemapolis in Ithaca. A discussion moderated by Prevention Network and the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County follows.


About The Providers

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, “The Providers” follows three “country doctors” in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

“The Providers” premieres at 10 p.m. April 8 on WCNY-TV.
The screening is free but registration is required at wcny.org/events.

Charm City 
Part of the Indie Lens Pop Up Event Series

April 11 at 7 p.m.

Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute

310 Genesee St.

Utica, NY 13502
Join WCNY for a free screening of “Charm City” at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica.

About Charm City

Filmed during three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, “Charm City” delivers a powerfully candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.

”Charm City” premieres at 10 p.m. April 22 on WCNY-TV.

The screening is free but registration is required at wcny.org/events.

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