All films have been donated and are sponsored by PBS’ POV (Point of View) Documentaries .

Page Library Film Society

Spring 2017 Semester Film Schedule

All films are screened at Inman E. Page Library on Wednesdays every month during the semester from 6 PM – 7:30PM. Admission is free to the university body and community. *Check  for updates online.* Download and print out film schedule.

February 22, 2017

The Church of Saint: John Coltrane | Watch Film Trailer

johncoltranewikiThe Church of Saint Coltrane is a short documentary film produced by Alan Klingenstein and directed by Jeff Swimmer. It was filmed in 1996. Its subject is the famous jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, who became deeply religious after overcoming his addictions to alcohol and heroin in 1957. Posthumously, he was made the patron saint of the St. John William Coltrane African Orthodox Church church in San Francisco, which holds jam sessions every Sunday that are “five-hour jam sessions interspersed with liturgy, sermons, and fellowship.” The 26 minute documentary film received awards at seven film festivals. In 1998, it was shown on BRAVO, then sold to cable networks in Europe and Asia.

March 29, 2017

New Muslim Cool | Watch Film Trailer

mv5bmjm0nde5mzewnf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdi0mza2mde-_v1_uy268_cr90182268_al_New Muslim Cool is Islam as you have never seen it. It is also hip-hop as you have probably never heard it. This film gives audiences an insider’s view of a little-known cultural fusion between Muslims and street beats that has been developing since the very beginnings of hip-hop culture. The result is a surprising challenge to stereotypes of both Muslims and urban youth in America that encourages viewers to look critically at the “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West. New Muslim Cool is more than another hybrid hip-hop story. It’s also the story of a man coming of age, facing his deepest questions about his faith, trying to keep his family safe and learning how to hold himself accountable.

April 5, 2016

I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful | Watch Trailer

mv5bmza5njc0ndexnf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmdi3nta2mde-_v1_uy268_cr90182268_al_When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, the hardest-hit neighborhoods were also the city’s poorest. But nowhere was devastation greater than in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood bordered by the Industrial Canal and the Mississippi River, home to a vibrant African-American community and one extraordinary woman. Several months later, Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation and rebuilding of the Crescent City. After Demme met Carolyn Parker and gained permission to film her progress, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a deeply personal character study of the courage and resiliency of this fierce, opinionated matriarch and community activist.

May 3, 2017

All The Difference | Watch Trailer

allthedifference-1500x844The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in All the Difference, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. As this intimate film shows, Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch’s determination started them on the road to success, but it was the support from people in their lives—parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors— that brought them to their destination. The story opens on a street corner in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. “We’ve got shots fired over here,” a first responder says over the police radio.

*Credit: The Film The Church of Saint John Coltrane is not a part of the POV documentary film series. It is an independent film produced by Alan Klingenstein and directed by Jeff Swimmer.