Final Community Cinema Screening is June 29

Jun 19, 2013

Bishop Gene Robinson
Credit Gillian Laub

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Contacts: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

WSIU to Host Final Spring 2013 Community Cinema Screening on June 29

Film Tells Story of Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and the Carbondale Public Library will host a free Community Cinema screening of the film Love Free or Die on Saturday, June 29 at 2:30pm at the library, 405 West Main, Carbondale.

Rev. Katherine Bryant Graves, pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carbondale, will lead a discussion with the audience after the film.

The Sundance Award-winning documentary Love Free or Die looks at church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity – and one man's struggle to dispel the notion that God's love has limits. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. His consecration in 2003 in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir and threatened schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

WSIU and the SIU College of Mass Communication and Media Arts plan to co-host a new season of Community Cinema for the 2013-14 year in the fall. Details will be made available when finalized.

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films distributed by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), followed by discussion of the themes explored in each film. The project is designed to bring communities together to discuss the key social issues of our time and to inspire action.

For more information about Community Cinema, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or More information can be found online at the WSIU Community Cinema website.

The Community Cinema initiative is a service of Independent Television Service (ITVS) and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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