PDCCC sets community movie nights

Movie buffs can take advantage of a variety of movies Paul D. Camp Community College has lined up in Franklin and Suffolk during its fall 2012 semester.


According to Nancy Warren, coordinator of movie nights, the events are aligned with the mission of the college to provide “diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for students and the community.”


Hunger Games, a 2012 pre-released film rated PG-13, will be shown with surround sound and Blue-ray on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Regional Workforce Development Center’s Technology Theater, 100 North College Drive in Franklin, at 4:30 and at 7:30 p.m. The movie is a combination of action, adventure and Sci-Fi. Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the 12 districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.


To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the filming of the classic drama, Deuce Coupe, the movie will be shown at The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 West Finney Avenue, on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The film, shot at locations that include Franklin and Suffolk, is a small-town coming of age story set in 1958, about two brothers and an unwed mother-to-be. The event will feature film producer Mark Deimel of California as speaker. Warren welcomes those featured in the film who want to share their stories to contact her prior to the event.


The investigative documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, will be shown nationwide on Wednesday, Sept. 19. PDCCC will show the film at the Regional Workforce Development Center at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be among the first to see this film, as it is not due to be released in theaters and iTunes until Oct. 5. According to its Web site, Escape Fire tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time—how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? The event will be followed by a discussion panel on healthcare issues.


Another documentary titled, Children Go Where I Send You, can be viewed on Friday, Oct. 12, at the workforce center at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The film is about the Rosenwald Schools in Hertford County, N.C. Hertford County Public School students assisted in all phases of this project. The documentary includes information about the 10 Rosenwald schools located there, four of which remain standing today. In 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added Rosenwald Schools to its list of Most Endangered Historic Places. The purpose of the film is to preserve African American history for future generations.


The last movie of the semester will be The King’s Speech, based on the true story of King George VI. Rated R, movie-goers can view it on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, and 7:30 p.m. at the workforce center in Franklin. The British historical drama has won numerous awards. To cope with a debilitating speech impediment, King George VI begins seeing an Australian speech therapist. The men become friends, and after his brother abdicates the throne, the new king relies on the therapist to help him make his first wartime radio broadcast about Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939. The event will include “Teacher Talk” with Jillian Overby, associate professor of American Sign Language and public speaking at PDCCC.


Dr. Paul Wm. Conco, PDCCC president and spearheader of the project, said, “We are happy to offer these cultural experiences to everyone.”


All movies are free and open to the public, with the exception of Deuce Coupe, which will be free to PDCCC staff and students, and $5 to the general public. Tickets will be available at the door only. For more information, contact Warren, 569-6748 or nwarren@pdc.edu.