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Purpose and Mission
The Independent Lens Community Cinema series is a ground-breaking civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings and community discussions of films from the Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens," airing on PBS. Free and open to the public, Community Cinema gatherings are held regularly in more than 95 cities and towns across the nation, focusing on key social issues of our time.
In Vermont, VPT partners with several community organizations to offer the series at venues across the state: Brattleboro - the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Brattleboro Community Television; Burlington - the Flynn Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Vermont; St. Johnsbury - Catamount Arts; Rutland - Rutland Free Library. We hope you can join us at an upcoming event.
2012-2013 Season HighlightsAs with all of our screening around the state, discussions follow the films at our Montpelier screenings. Here are some highlights from this season's discussions.
Watch the Discussions
Community PartnersBrattleboro Community Television (BCTV)
Established in 1976 to create a public access entity in Brattleboro, BCTV gives members of the community a voice – BCTV provides the equipment and training, community members make the television programs.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC)
Since 1972, BMAC has been working to present art and ideas in ways that inspire, educate and engage people of all ages. Compelling new exhibits by regional and internationally acclaimed artists are shown each season.
Founded in 1975, Catamount Arts strives to enhance the cultural climate of northern Vermont and New Hampshire, integrating arts into community by cultivating awareness and appreciation of the arts through a diversified schedule of film, music, theater, dance, and the visual arts.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
The Flynn Center is a full-service home for the performing arts in the region, offering a wide range of cultural and educational experiences, while nurturing the creative development of performing artists.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Vermont
OLLI provides intellectually stimulating, affordable, non-credit learning opportunities to people 50 and older in community settings throughout Vermont.
Rutland Free Library
The Rutland Free Library was started in 1886 and has been located in an historic courthouse and jail on Center Street since the 1930s. The Library is your ticket to a world of information, providing a diversity of resources and services to assist people of all ages with life-long learning.