Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome]
Established in 2015, Movie Mondays is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Student Activities and the Waco Hippodrome.
Throughout the semster, Baylor students and the community are provided the opportunity to view a variety of documentary and independent films on topics and issues within our world.
Admission is FREE, but tickets for entrance are REQUIRED and can be picked up at the Waco Hippodrome Box Office or Baylor Ticket Office. For a detailed schedule of screenings, please see our schedule below.
SEPTEMBER 25 @ 7PM | TEACH US ALL
Teach Us All is a documentary and social justice campaign on educational inequality set against the backdrop of the 1957 Little Rock school crisis. Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement. Teach Us All demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children. The social justice campaign seeks to build the capacity of students to carry forth the legacy of the Little Rock Nine and take leadership in today’s movement for educational equity.
OCTOBER 2 @ 7PM | LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE
Losing sight of shore follows the extraordinary journey of four brave women known as the Coxless Crew that set out to row the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia unsupported. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they face extreme mental and physical challenges they must overcome in order to go down in history. This is a story of perseverance, friendship, and the power of the human spirit. Everyone has a Pacific to cross.
OCTOBER 9 @ 7PM | RESILIENCE
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress-and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
OCTOBER 16 @ 7PM | THE STORY OF US WITH MORGAN FREEMAN
The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman focuses on topics of our shared humanity. Each of the six episodes will look at a force that has shaped humans since the beginning of time: power, belief, rebellion, war & peace, freedom and love. Morgan again travels around the world to meet people - from powerful world leaders, to ordinary people with extraordinary stories - to hear stories that are relatable on a global scale.
OCTOBER 30 @ 7PM | WHAT ABOUT WACO
A four-episode documentary, written and directed by award-winning film maker Chris Scott.
Episode 1. A Bridge & Troubled Water: The dramatic and enthralling story of building of the Waco Suspension Bridge, at the time one of the longest single-span suspension bridges in the world. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle or connecting the banks of the menacing meandering Brazos River; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time, the bridging of Waco from a turbulent, irrelevant and unremarkable past to a leading metropolis in the "Age of Optimism" - a period when Wacoans, like most of Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.
Episode 2. 3 Years: Part 1. The end of the Gilded Era marked some of Waco's greatest and most horrific times. Between 1916 and 1918, the community witnessed the construction of a massive army base, the end of legalized prostitution, the public extra-legal lynching of a teenager, and a sky full of revolutionary Jenny biplanes. Viewers will see how Waco both embraced and repelled progressivism during these three years in a struggle to determine its cultural identity.
Episode 3. 3 Years: Part 2. Over the past few decades, many scholars have debated as to whether or not Waco identifies more as a southern or a western community, and it is during these three years that we see echoes of both mentalities struggle to gain dominance. This intriguing episode will spotlight, sex, murder and war, three things looming over Waco during a pivotal time that will appear both alien and familiar to locals today.
Episode 4. A Mighty Wind. The story of the devastating 1953 Waco that killed many and ravaged the city of Waco is not unfamiliar to the town's residents. Some may even be jaded or burnout on it's telling. But A Mighty Wind will unveil in dramatic and in arresting cinematic form the hidden stories found in the rubble of the storm's destruction. A Waco existed right before the tornado took its deadly stroll through downtown, but would one exist afterwards? That is the heart of this from-the-ashes tale. A Mighty Wind reports stories of heroism, unity and Wacoans of all races trying to re-patch a city the best it knew how. This is not merely the story of Waco then, but most importantly-it is the story of Waco now.
NOVEMBER 6 @ 7PM | I AM ANOTHER YOU
When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first came to America, Florida seemed like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom - and its limits.
NOVEMBER 13 @ 7PM | TBA
DECEMBER 4 @ 7PM | NIGHT SCHOOL
Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners Greg, Melissa and Shynika, finally earning their high school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement. Emmy award-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes their individual pursuits, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low income Americans.