Pre-Conference Event: Unity in Community Film Festival

Monday, September 24, 2018 12:30 PM - 9:00 PM
PSU Theater

Pre-conference special event


12:30-1:15 p.m.     "Every Child"

The short film "Every Child" revisits the lives of children chronicled by Claudette Riley of The Springfield News-Leader in her award-winning series about poverty in Springfield, Missouri. The film picks up six years later to examine how these lives have changed following the city-wide anti-poverty initiative "Every Child Promise" that followed from Riley's project. Produced and directed by Andrew R. Cline, professor of media, journalism and film, Missouri State University. Runtime: 15 minutes

Film host:  Andrew Cline


1:30-2:15 p.m.        "Joonyper"

"Joonyper" is a short film about the story of Joonyper Light, a bright young artist and new mother who lost her battle with addiction. Produced and directed by Dr. Andrew R. Cline, professor of media, journalism and film, Missouri State University. Runtime: 8 minutes

Film host: Andrew Cline


2:30-4:30 p.m.        "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison"

"Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" is the first film to consider Cash's finest day. Produced by award-winning director Bestor Cram and Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, the documentary follows the country star through the gates of the dark prison to reveal a moment flush with ramifications. Featuring exclusive interviews with those who accompanied Cash at Folsom Prison, friends and family and inmates who witnessed the show, the documentary examines Cash through the lens of January 13, 1968. Written and produced by Mike Streissguth, Le Moyne College. Runtime: 90 minutes

Film host:  Mike Streissguth 


5:30-6:30 p.m.         "The Road I Call Home"

In the documentary film "The Road I Call Home," photographer Randy Bacon's team, 7 Billion Ones,  interviews homeless citizens of Springfield, Missouri. A variety of everyday issues affect the lives of the homeless, including lack of safe, secure and stable housing; lack of adequate health care; and substance abuse. This film explores the personal lives of individuals who face extraordinary challenges. The film is a collaboration by 7 Billion Ones and Gathering Friends for the Homeless. Runtime: 29 minutes

Film host:  Randy Bacon


7-9 p.m.                   "@Home"

Mark Horvath has experienced homelessness firsthand. In the documentary "@Home," Horvath and his team interview homeless young people in Chicago and follow their lives. What separates the homeless from normalcy? What can you do to help? Addressing the problem of homelessness, as one viewer remarked, "takes sustained, intentional compassion."  Directed and edited by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Danny Alpert. Runtime: 56 minutes

Film host:  Mark Horvath


Each film screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the film host.