Community Cinema is a ground-breaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS. Every month between September and June, WEDU and Community Cinema bring together community members and organizations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

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Limited Partnership

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple fell in love and took on the US government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan met in 1971 in Los Angeles and quickly fell in love. In April 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, CO, they became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. But unlike most heterosexual married couples who easily file petitions and obtain green cards, Richard received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

To prevent Tony’s impending deportation, and outraged by the tone, tenor, and politics of this letter, the couple sued the U.S. government. This became the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history. Over four decades of legal challenges, Richard and Tony figured out how to maintain their sense of humor, justice, and whenever possible, their privacy. This tenacious story of love, marriage, and immigration equality is as precedent-setting as it is little-known — until now.

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVP is requested.

Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library (Google Maps)

Past Screenings from This Season

Limited Partnership

May 18 at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

In 1975, when American Richard married Australian native Tony in one of the first same sex marriages performed in the US, they found themselves on the front lines in the battle for legal immigration status for same sex spouses.

The Homestretch

April 9, 2015 at WEDU PBS (Photos)

The film follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Discussion Panel for this event: Angela Thomas, School Social Worker at Hillsborough County Public Schools; Antonio Byrd, COO of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative; Vicki Sokolik, Founder of Starting Right, Now; Melanie DeCampos, University of South Florida Student and former homeless teen; and moderator Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Homestretch screening presented by:

American Denial

February 23, 2015 at the Riverview Branch Library

Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal identified a powerful force in American life: the acceptance of the contradiction between the American Creed held dear and political and social behavior. Through the story of Myrdal’s four-year investigation of Jim Crow racism, his own personal story and the thinking and work of select sociologists, psychologists, and historians, the film explores the contours and consequences today of implicit bias and "denial." Watch Preview | Learn More


A Path Appears

January 22, 2015 at Mildred Sainer Pavilion
January 24, 2015 at Tampa Theatre

A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to empower them to lead more fulfilling lives.These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards — in Chicago and Nashville and Boston. Watch Preview | Learn More

Evolution of a Criminal

December 4, 2014 at Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

Years ago, 16-year-old honor student Darius Clark Monroe was arrested for robbing a Bank of America. 17 years after serving his sentence, Monroe returns to his childhood home and encounters the people affected by the robbery. In this emotionally compelling documentary, Darius, now 33, turns the camera on a past he deeply regrets and tries to reason with his decision. Watch Preview

MAKERS, Season 2

October 24, 2014 at Seminole Heights Branch Library

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence. In "Women in Space," trace the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. Learn More

Last Season’s Films

Community Cinema is presented by:
Community Classroom Independent Lens National Endowment for the Arts
ITVS Women & Girls LEAD Corporation for Public Broadcasting