WSIU to Present Final Spring 2012 Film Screening

May 16, 2012

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

WSIU Presents Final Community Cinema Film Screening on May 26

Carbondale, Ill.WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), and the Carbondale Public Library will host the final of five Spring 2012 Community Cinema film screenings on Saturday, May 26 at 2:30pm at the library, 405 West Main in Carbondale. The event is free and open to the public.

The film scheduled is Strong!, which tells the story of Cheryl Haworth, an Olympic weightlifter struggling with injury, confidence, and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.

Dr. Bobbi Knapp, SIU Sports Sociologist, and Jen Sewell, SIU Women's Softball Associate Coach, will lead a discussion after the film.

Community Cinema is a public education initiative featuring free monthly films from the PBS series Independent Lens. The project was created to bring communities together to learn about, discuss, and get involved in the key social issues of our time. Carbondale is one of more than 95 cities nationwide participating in Community Cinema.

Plans are underway for WSIU to host another round of "Community Cinema" screenings beginning this fall and continuing through May 2013. Stay tuned for details as they become available.

For more information about Community Cinema, contact Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or or visit the project website at

Community Cinema 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 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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