Movie Mondays at the Hippodrome

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INFORMATION

Established in 2015, Movie Mondays is a collaborative partnership between the Department of Student Activities, the Waco Hippodrome and various campus partners.

Throughout the semester, Baylor students and the Waco community are provided an opportunity to view documentary or independent films that address important topics and issues within our world.

Admission is FREE, but tickets for entrance are REQUIRED (unless noted otherwise in the detailed schedule listed below) and can be picked up at the Waco Hippodrome Box Office or Baylor Ticket Office.

CAMPUS PARTNERS

Are you interested in partnering with us to screen a film? Please use the following link to access further information and fill out our Movie Mondays Partnership Application: https://orgsync.com/96545/forms/325121.

For further questions regarding the program or to make a film recommendation, contact us at:

Jordy Dickey, jordy_dickey@baylor.edu, 254-710-6291
Alex Jantz, alex_jantz@baylor.edu, 254-710-3233

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

JAN. 28 @ 7PM || SOCIAL ANIMALS
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR BEAUCHAMP ADDICTION RECOVERY CENTER
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a midwest girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram account–a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame. And they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye Social Animals peeks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self worth.

FEB. 4 @ 7PM || KING IN THE WILDERNESS
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR HISTORY DEPARTMENT & PHI ALPHA THETA HISTORY HONOR SOCIETY
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

King in the Wilderness chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos. Dr. King’s leadership during the bus boycotts, the sit-ins and the historic Selma to Montgomery marches is now legendary, but much of what happened afterward - during the last three years of his life – is rarely discussed. It’s a time when Dr. King said his dream “turned into a nightmare.” From the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 to his assassination in 1968, King remained unshakably committed to nonviolence in the face of an increasingly unstable country. The documentary debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is directed by Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story). Drawing on conversations with those who knew Dr. King well, including many fellow members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. The documentary also features archival footage, behind-the-scenes video of Dr. King’s private moments, intimate archival photographs and phone conversations recorded by President Johnson, who was both ally and adversary in King’s fight for civil rights.

FEB. 18 @ 7PM || SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND
PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MULTICULTURAL AFFIARS & BLACK STUDENT COALITION
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of racially-motivated police murder and Sandra became a poster child for activists nationwide, leaving millions to question, “What really happened to Sandra Bland?” Ten days after Sandra's death, filmmakers, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner began working closely with the family's legal team, tracking the two-year battle between Sandra's aggrieved family and Texas authorities. With disturbing, never-before-told details about the case, the film is punctuated by Sandra’s own passionate and moving commentary. Approximately 30 “Sandy Speaks” video blogs, which Sandra created herself, allowed the filmmakers to get to know Sandra Bland in a deeply personal way. Via these videos, Sandy herself emerges as a central voice in Say Her Name — an empowered, enlightened woman of color whose sharp, humorous, charismatic remarks address subjects from educating kids about black history to police brutality to the importance of natural hair. Say Her Name takes viewers deep inside a story that galvanized activists across the country.

FEB. 25 @ 7PM || THE WIZ (1978)
PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MULTICULTURAL AFFIARS & BLACK STUDENT COALITION
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she's miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. As Dorothy goes in search of the Wiz, she's joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross).

MAR. 4 @ 7PM || FREE SOLO
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR ROCK CLIMBING TEAM
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

MAR. 18 @ 7PM || THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR COUNSELING CENTER
LOCATION: BOBO SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
TRIGGER WARNING: TRAILER INCLUDES SENSITIVE LANGUAGE

MAR. 25 @ 7PM || ON THE BASIS OF SEX
PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MULTICULTURAL AFFIARS
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

APR. 15 @ 7PM || ANDREI RUBLEV
PRESENTED BY ANGLICAN STUDENT MINISTRIES & CULTIVATE 712
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follows Andrei Rublev as he passes through a series of poetically linked scenes—snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans stream through a thicket during a torchlit ritual, a boy oversees the clearing away of muddy earth for the forging of a gigantic bell—gradually emerging as a man struggling mightily to preserve his creative and religious integrity. Appearing here in the director’s preferred 183-minute cut as well as the version that was originally suppressed by Soviet authorities, the masterwork Andrei Rublev is one of Tarkovsky’s most revered films, an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance.

APR. 29 @ 7PM || HUMAN FLOW
PRESENTED BAYLOR MISSIONS
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity? Amazon Studios and Participant Media present, in association with AC Films, Human Flow, a film directed by Ai Weiwei. Human Flow is produced by Ai Weiwei, Chin-Chin Yap and Heino Deckert and executive produced by Andrew Cohen of AC Films with Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann of Participant Media.

FALL 2018 SCHEDULE

AUG. 27 @ 7PM || WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
PRESENTED BY ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since. Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society. In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood. Neville pays tribute to this legacy with the latest in his series of highly engaging, moving documentary portraits of essential American artists.

SEPT. 10 @ 6PM || BACKPACK FULL OF CASH
PRESENTED BY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
LOCATION: MAYBORN SBC THEATER - * NO TICKETS NEEDED

Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, BACKPACK FULL OF CASH takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education "reform" where public education -- starved of resources -- hangs in the balance.

SEPT. 17 @ 7PM || THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
PRESENTED BY UNION BOARD
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Tim Wardle’s acclaimed documentary THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is the most amazing, incredible, remarkable true story ever told. Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret - a secret with radical repercussions for us all. Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS is an exuberant celebration of family that transforms into a thriller with colossal implications and proof that life is truly is stranger than fiction.

SEPT. 24 @ 7PM || RBG
PRESENTED BY DOCSOLOGY SERIES
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

OCT. 1 @ 7PM || DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR PHI ALPHA THETA & BAYLOR HISTORY DEPARTMENT
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR, co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, is about a little-known but important mission by an American minister and his wife to rescue refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II.

OCT. 8 @ 7PM || THIRST: MISSION LIBERIA
PRESENTED BY THE LAST WELL
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

An inspiring story of one man's passion to change the entire nation of Liberia -- before it's too late! Follow Dr. Todd Philips through the Ebola infected jungles of Liberia as he and his team strive to make history as the first non-government group to bring access to clean water to an entire nation, and in record time. With lives in the balance and faced with the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, dwindling project funds, and a family crisis at home, can he succeed?

OCT. 15 @ 7PM || ONE NATION UNDER GOD REUNION SCREENING
PRESENTED BY THE FILM DIRECTORS
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Austin, Lawson, Michael, and Will are four college-aged Christians who have grown up in the bubble of Christianity. They realize that their faith is more religion and less relationship. Because they have been in the rut of mindless faith, they decide to expand their views on God, the world, and eternity. Filmed in 2008, Austin, Lawson, Michael and Will will reunite together to talk about how the film continues to impact their lives. Pokey O's reception to following the film screening and discussion.

OCT. 22 @ 7PM || ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS & ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York.Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community - over the course of a five-year legal battle.

OCT. 29 @ 7PM || CHESLEY BONESTELL: A BRUSH WITH THE FUTURE
PRESENTED BY CO-PRODUCER MELVIN SCHUETZ
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Chesley Bonestell was an architect and painter who worked on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building. He worked on famous movies like Citizen Kane as a matte artist, and his mesmerizing paintings of planets and star systems helped inspire America's space program. Why is it that no one knows who he is today? Winner of the 2018 Audience Award in "Art, Architecture and Design" at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Winner of the 2018 Award for Best Documentary at the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. Official Selection for Wonderfest USA. Official Selection for Worldcon76.

NOV. 5 @ 7PM || NO GREATER LOVE
PRESENTED BY BAYLOR VETERAN EDUCATIONAL AND TRANSITION SERVICES (VETS)
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Shot and directed by Army Chaplain Justin Roberts, No Greater Love invites the audience to experience war, its aftermath, and the hard road home from a soldier’s perspective. While deployed in Afghanistan with the legendary “No Slack” Battalion, Roberts decided to carry a camera to document the hardships his unit endured. He would go on to capture not only the gritty reality of war but also the incredibly strong bond that is forged between soldiers.No Greater Love weaves real combat footage with heartfelt interviews to present a side of war rarely explored in film - the difficult journey back. The stories captured convey raw emotion in an absolutely visceral way, exposing the audience to the struggles our service members face, specifically PTSD, depression, and suicide.These authentic tales of grit and valor celebrate true heroes in an inspiring way while striving to create a dialogue about war and promote healing. No Greater Love, the award-winning film called “remarkable” by The Washington Post, is the first documentary directed by an active duty soldier in combat.

NOV. 12 @ 7PM || OPERATION TOUSSAINT
PRESENTED BY OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

Operation Toussaint focuses on Port-au-Prince, Haiti where Tim Ballard and his special forces team go undercover with local law enforcement to bring a ring of sex traffickers (who bribed their way out of jail) to justice.

NOV. 26 @ 7PM || WHERE IS PALESTINE?
PRESENTED BY BETTER TOGETHER BU
LOCATION: WACO HIPPODROME

More than 7 million Palestinians live around the globe, tracing their roots to one of the most contested geographic regions in human history. Where is Palestine? explores the diverse narrative of the Palestinian community through the lens of individuals in Jordan, the West Bank and Israel, and exposes the grim reality of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. This special advance screening of the film will also feature a talkback session with director Nathan Driskell, producer Timothy Palmer, and the film's West Bank coordinator, Rafat Shomali.