Community Cinema, Engaging Communities Through Film


This season, Community Cinema celebrates 10 years of uniting people through independent film. Available in more than 75 cities nationwide, Community Cinema presents free screenings and discussions around the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary series Independent Lens. By igniting conversations around issues that affect us all, Community Cinema creates real and lasting change — both at home and around the world.


Community Cinema is locally produced by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking in collaboration with Hawai‘i People's Fund. All screenings are hosted at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu‘uanu Avenue @ 6:00 pm. To read more about Community Cinema, click here


Community Cinema

TUESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2014 // 6:00 PM 


Executive Producers Dyllan McGee & Peter Kunhardt


MAKERS is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years in six industries—comedy, politics, space, war, business, and Hollywood. A landmark broadcast and digital-video initiative developed by AOL, MAKERS aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.


We will be screening the following episode: Women in Hollywood, which showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment.



TUESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2014 // 6:00 PM 


a film by Darius Clark Monroe


In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.




TUESDAY JANUARY 20, 2015 // 6:00 PM 


a film by Maro Chermayeff


A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.



TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2015 // 6:00 PM 


a film by Llewellyn Smith, Christine Herbes-Sommers, & Kelly Thomson 


Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.



TUESDAY MARCH 3, 2015 // 6:00 PM 


a film by Anne de Mare & Kirsten Kelly


Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.




TUESDAY MAY 12, 2015 // 6:00 PM 


a film by Thomas Miller & Kirk Marcolina


Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.