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.
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 | BENDING THE ARC
A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists - including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl - whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.
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.