Community Cinema is a public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. On location in more than 100 cities and online, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

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Coming Soon

Thank you for being a part of another great season of Community Cinema screenings nationwide. Come back to this space soon for updates on the upcoming 2014-15 season, with free community screening events resuming again in September.

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Join an Online Social Screening

Watch Independent Lens episodes online with a live audience after broadcast. OVEE is an innovative platform that recreates the Community Cinema experience in a virtual theater. Laugh, cry, and discuss the issues with others from your computer or tablet. Visit >>

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Find an interactive map with 100 Community Cinema venues, an online screening calendar for live virtual events, suggested action items from national partner organizations, and a blog where you can join the conversation. Browse the site >>

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Educators: Connect to Free Resources

Community Classroom is an innovative and free resource for educators, offering short-form film modules adapted from ITVS's award-winning documentaries and standards-based lesson plans for high school and community colleges, NGOs, and youth organizations. Browse the collection >>