Mcfarland, USA is based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.
Twenty Feet from Stardom will be showing at the Pecan and MidValley Libraries in honor of Women’s History Month.
About the film:
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, Academy award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.
Filmmaker María Agui Carter will be visiting South Texas College in honor of Women’s History Month on March 16th. She will be screening her film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. She will be giving a special introduction to her film at MidValley Auditorium at 1:00 pm and then at the Pecan Campus Library at 6:00 pm. Following the movie will be the opportunity for Q&A with the director.
Rebel is the story of a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory. Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. While the U.S. military may have recently lifted the ban on women in combat, Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, was fighting in battle 150 years ago — one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she has been virtually erased from history?
Director María Agui Carter emigrated to the U.S. from Ecuador as a child, grew up an undocumented “dreamer,” and graduated from Harvard University. She produces films for PBS and cable, specializing in visually arresting and complex storytelling as a writer, director, and producer.
On Nov. 24th at 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm, there will be a screening of Miss Representation with a special introduction by Dr. Patricia Blaine. The film will be shown at the Pecan campus at the D-Auditorium.
Like drawing back a curtain to let bright light stream in, Miss Representation (87 min; TV-14 DL) uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
The History Department and Library Services present The Real History of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 pm in the MidValley library. We will feature the movie The Real History of Thanksgiving along with a Make Your Own Turkey Craft. The film covers the Thanksgiving feast of 1621 between Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indian. It also cover the movement to create a national holiday.
Tuesday, November 20, 2014
1:00 PM –
MidValley Library400 N. Border Ave. • Weslaco, TX 78596
The STC Women’s Studies Group is hosting a series of documentary films.
On Nov. 13 at 6:00 pm they will be showing Sound of Torture (2013). The film is about a Swedish journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She’s given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them?
On Nov. 19 at 6:00 pm, they will show Maria in Nobody’s Land (2010). The film is an unprecedented look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US. Doña Inés, a 60 year old woman, has been looking for her daughter for years and is following her to the US. Marta and Sandra, escaping domestic abuse and poverty, decide to leave their families behind to travel to America.
Movies will be held at Building D– Aud at the Pecan Campus.
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To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities has developed a special project which includes four powerful documentary films The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story.
In honor of Black History Month, STC Libraries will be showing movies throughout the month of February.
BHM: The Abolitionist
BHM: Slavery by Anther Name
BHM: Slavery by Another Name
BHM: Freedom Riders
BHM: Freedom Riders – part 1
BHM: Freedom Riders – part 2
In addition to the movies, check out our speaker series for Black History Month by clicking here.
The STC History Department along with the STC Library will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February with special author visits lectures, films and an exhibit. On Tuesday, February 11th at 6pm, Dr. Rhonda Gonzalez will discuss “Audacious Irreverence: Black Women and the Holy Office in 17th Century Mexico” at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room. Dr. Gonzalez is a professor of history at the University of Texas San Antonio and was recently awarded the American Historical Association Gutenberg-e Prize. On February 27 at 6pm, Mr. Christopher Davis will give a perspective on, “A New Kind of Game: The Desegregation of College Football in the Southwest, 1945-1976” at the Pecan Campus Rainbow Room.
Along with the speakers, two films will be screened: The Abolitionist on February 5th and Slavery by Another Name on Feb 18th. The films will be shown at the D-Auditorium, and they will feature an introduction and discussion with a local scholar. In addition to the films and lectures, the exhibit, “Road to the Promise Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement” will be on display at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room February 1-28.
The films are available through a grant, and STC is one of 473 institutions throughout the country to receive the collection. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.
“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said historian Christopher Davis. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films and are thrilled to add these to our library collection for students, faculty, and community to checkout for years to come.”
Each of the films was produced with NEH support. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit http://createdequal.neh.gov for more information.
Admission to STC Library events is always free and open to the public. For more information on these events, please contact Mr. Christopher Davis at (956) 872-2275, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://offtheshelf.southtexascollege.edu.