Film: Death is NOT the Answer

Friday December 1, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Keith Famie unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies in this documentary. The film features people from all over the country whose lives have been affected by suicide and depression, including suicide survivors, those who have lost friends and family to suicide, and medical professionals specializing in mental health. Death is NOT the Answer explores the causes of suicide while conveying the message that there are always alternatives to taking one’s own life. Keith Famie will moderate discussion after the film. This 2-hour, 2017 documentary is not rated.

Film: The Armor of Light

Tuesday December 5, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.

This film is being screened in partnership with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America of Washtenaw County.

Lights, Camera, Austen: the screen adaptations of Jane Austen

Wednesday December 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

U-M graduate student instructor Anne Mecklenburg will discuss the many, many adaptations of Jane Austen's work. Have you seen every Jane Austen miniseries multiple times? Remain devoted to the Greer Garson/Laurence Olivier Pride and Prejudice? Really liked that one with the zombies? Loved Clueless? No matter your favorite, this event is a chance to learn more about the history and context of Jane Austen novels on film. Naturally, we'll be watching a lot of clips!

This event is part of a partnership with the University of Michigan Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit.

Film: Resilience

Wednesday January 10, 2018: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 7 - adult

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.

This film has a runtime of 60 minutes.