Local Film Screening on March 31 to Explore Rise of Electric Car

Mar 27, 2012


For Immediate Release


Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148, vickie.devenport@wsiu.org

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Carbondale, Ill.- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the Carbondale Public Library will host the third of five Community Cinema film screenings on Saturday, March 31 at 2:30pm at the library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday's scheduled film isRevenge of the Electric Car, a one-hour documentary by filmmaker Chris Paine who takes his crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

A discussion led by Ralph Tate, director of the SIU School of Information Systems & Applied Technology, will follow the film. Tate also will display an electric car he and his father built.

Community Cinemais a public education initiative featuring free monthly films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, which brings to light unforgettable stories about unique individuals, underrepresented communities, or pivotal moments in history. Carbondale is one of more than 95 cities nationwide participating in the project, which is designed to bring communities together to learn about, discuss, and get involved in the key social issues of our time.

Additional screenings include: Hell and Back Again (April 28), and Strong! (May 26). Each screening will feature a facilitator and guest speakers who will participate in a discussion with the audience about the topics raised in the films.

For more information about WSIU's Community Cinema screenings, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or vickie.devenport@wsiu.org and visit the program's website. WSIU encourages participants in the screenings to continue the discussion on WSIU's Facebook page.

TheCommunity Cinema initiative is a service of Independent Television Services (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 wsiu.org 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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