Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens.
Join KCPT at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library for a special screening of the film followed by a live performance and discussion with Kansas City musician IVØRY BLACK.
Join KCPT for a special screening of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary, The Vietnam War, followed by a discussion with local Vietnam veteran John Musgrave. Musgrave’s experience as a Marine in Vietnam and his changing feelings about the war are an integral part of the 18-hour series. In talking about Musgrave’s contributions to the film in a Vanity Fair article, Burns said, “I have this recurring thought that, if some evil genie took away all our interviews but one, the one we would keep would be John Musgrave, and we’d make a different film and call it, The Education of John Musgrave.”
After screening select clips featuring his story, Musgrave will take part in a discussion about his service, reactions to the war in Lawrence, Kansas, and the legacy of the Vietnam War. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at Eventbrite.
Engage with community issues through film with KCPT’s Indie Lens Pop-Up film series!
November’s film is Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
See a special free screening of the film on Friday, November 3rd at 6pm at the Gem Theater.
Event is presented by:
KCPT, The American Jazz Museum, The National Archives at Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Tune-in for the documentary Monday, January 15th at 8 p.m. on KCPT.
One of the most acclaimed films of the year and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and with a flood of rich archival material.
Attend a special, free screening of I Am Not Your Negro on Wednesday, January 10th at the Gem Theater.
From Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall to Spike Lee and Toni Morrison, the roll of alumni from the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is long and illustrious, underscoring the pivotal role they have played in American history, culture, and national identity.
The 2017 documentary Tell Them We Are Rising charts their history from the post-Civil War South – when they were African-Americans’ only avenue to higher education – and how they became a haven for black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries.
Join KCPT for a free screening of the film followed by a discussion with local HBCU graduates.
This event is presented in partnership with The Kansas City Public Library, The University of the Missouri – Kansas City, The Black Archives of Mid-America and The Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group, The National Archives at Kansas City, and the United Negro College Fund.
Dolores Huerta might be one of the most important – and yet least known – activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she was a tireless leader in the fight for racial and labor justice and emerged as one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
The 2017 documentary Dolores traces her fascinating life, from the fearless young woman confronting teamsters on violent picket lines to the activist grandmother nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco police squad. It also takes an unflinching look at the barriers faced by women and people of color within the very communities they’re fighting for.
Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public Library for a free screening and discussion of the film with community partners including: Stand Up KC, Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Committee, University of Missouri Kansas City, The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity, National Archives at Kansas City, League of United Latin American Citizens, El Centro.
Wendell Berry is often called a “prophet for rural America.” The 83-year-old essayist, novelist, and poet–one of our country’s most important living writers–has famously championed agrarian life while living and farming since 1965 in Henry County, Kentucky.
Now, he’s seeing industrial agriculture creep into the land he loves. The 2016 documentary Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky examines that changing landscape and the shifting values of rural America as seen in Berry’s mind’s eye.
The event is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show “Bill Nye The Science Guy” is now the CEO of The Planetary Society, an organization founded by Bill’s mentor Carl Sagan, where he’s launching a solar propelled spacecraft into the cosmos and advocating for the importance of science, research, and discovery in public life. With intimate and exclusive access —as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy — this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view.
Prior to the screening there will be demo’s by Science City educators, as well as a Bill Nye photobooth.
Event is family-friendly and free with RSVP.
Bill Nye: Science Guy will air on the award-winning documentary series POV April 18 at 9 p.m. on KCPT.
Since the advent of the modern American military, women have actively served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Join Kansas City PBS for a free screening of a new documentary, Served Like a Girl, which chronicles the lives of female veterans as they harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life, and compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. A panel of local veterans will address the contemporary issues in the film for our community and how women’s service has changed since WWI. Presented in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City and National WWI Museum and Memorial. Reception begins at 6 p.m.
Event is free with RSVP. Register here.
The marginalization of Native Americans wasn’t simply a crime of our country’s distant, unenlightened past. The documentary Dawnland chronicles the effort in one state, Maine, to come to terms with a practice that endured through most of the 20th century, when welfare workers removed Wabanaki children from their families and placed them in foster care – presuming that assimilation into white society would improve their quality of life and offer them a better future.
Join KCPT for a free screening and discussion of the film at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m.