Chandler Public Library

Get Reel - Documentary Film Series 2018

Please join us for this free annual documentary film series at the Downtown Chandler Public Library. This year, the series alternates between afternoon and evening films. Tuesday afternoon matinees take place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on June 12, June 26, and July 10. These afternoon films feature a post-film audience discussion led by Dr. Michael Rubinoff, a faculty member of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University.

Tuesday evening films will be screened from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on June 5, June 19 and July 3. The evening films will not include audience discussion. All films will be shown in Copper Room South on the second floor of the Downtown Library, located at 22 S. Delaware Street. The Get Reel film series is made possible by a partnership between Chandler Public Library and POV (Point of View), Public Television's premier documentary series.

Singing with Angry BirdJune 5  6:30-8:00 pm
Singing with Angry Bird 
(by Hyewon Jee)
Jae-Chang Kim runs a children’s choir in Pune, India. Although his quick temper earned him the nickname ‘Angry Bird,’ he has made significant changes in the lives of the choir children. But in need of income, their parents are reluctant to let them practice instead of work. In order to convince the parents, Angry Bird decides to train them to sing for a joint concert with their children,
showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together.

Bill Nye: Science GuyJune 12  1:00-3:00 pm
Bill Nye: Science Guy 
(by David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg
includes post–film audience discussion led by moderator Dr. Michael Rubinoff and popcorn
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 advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life.


June 19  6:30-8:00 pmQUEST
QUEST (by Jonathan Olshefski, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon)
Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their basement home music studio. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race andclass in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

The Grown-UpsJune 26  1:00-3:00 pm
The Grown-Ups 
(by Maite Alberdi
includes post–film audience discussion led by moderator Dr. Michael Rubinoff and popcorn
In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults. 

Brimstone and GloryJuly 3   6:30-8:00 pm
Brimstone and Glory
 (by Viktor Jakovleski)
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town, while artisans show off their technical virtuosity. For the three quarters of Tultepec residents that work in pyrotechnics, the celebration anchors their way of life. Here, the festival is an explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, this film honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself.

Shalom ItaliaJuly 10  1:00-3:00 pm
Shalom Italia 
(by Tamar Tal Anati
includes post–film audience discussion led by moderator Dr. Michael Rubinoff and popcorn

In Shalom Italia, three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth — a profound, funny, and endearing exploration of individual and communal memory.