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 HERE. For a detailed schedule of screenings, please see our schedule below.
AUGUST 21 @ 7PM | WHAT THE HEALTH
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases - and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities, and will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands. What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.
AUGUST 28 @ 7PM | UNREST
Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community - a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Unrest is, at it’s core, a love story. How Jen and her new husband forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny. Unrest is made by an award-winning team and is supported by the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the Harnisch Foundation, BRITDOC's Good Pitch, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Fledgling Fund, IFP, and over 2,593 Kickstarter backers. Unrest premiered in the documentary competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), and the Sheffield Doc/Fest (Illuminate Award), among other festivals.
SEPTEMBER 11 @ 7PM | MAN IN RED BANDANA
"Man In Red Bandana" is a documentary film about the inspirational story of an American hero … Welles Remy Crowther. Welles worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower and saved many people on September 11th. Tragically, he died that day but his heroics became known eight months later as a result of an ordinary item... a red bandana. The film re-traces Welles’ courageous actions that fateful day, and examines the many people (family, friends and strangers) who have been inspired by Welles’ actions and the unique ways in which they have honored him. The film is the debut effort of writer and director Matthew Weiss. He first learned of Welles’ remarkable story over lunch with Jefferson Crowther, Welles’ father. Matthew was amazed and inspired. He quickly decided that everyone should hear this story and obtained the Crowther’s permission and blessing to make Man In Red Bandana. Chad A. Verdi and Joshua Sason are signed on as producers. Gwyneth Paltrow is set to narrate, with Michelle Verdi exec-producing and Lyle Lovett performing an original song.
SEPTEMBER 18 @ 7PM | GENERATION FOUND
From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community. Independently filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the "War on Drugs." It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.
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 | TBA
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 | TBA
NOVEMBER 13 @ 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.
DECEMBER 4 @ 7PM | TBA