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May 24, 2012
Free documentary film series at downtown Chandler Library on Tuesday evenings through July

The downtown Chandler Library will present a free documentary film series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the summer. The 10 film Get Reel series is made possible by a partnership between Chandler Public Library and POV (Point of View), Public Television's premier documentary series.

The documentaries will be screened in the Cooper Room at the Chandler Public Library at 22 S. Delaware Street. Dates for the series are May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31.

"Showing documentaries from Public Television’s POV seems to be a natural fit for the public library,” said Chandler Librarian Ted Liebler. “We hope to present a wide spectrum of the human experience from a 21-century global perspective while selecting films that correspond to national and local events such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July and the start of the school year.”

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 25th season on PBS in 2012, the award-winning POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today's best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 325 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV's Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. Visit

The complete film schedule, including descriptions, is on the Chandler Library website at

Get Reel: 2012 Summer Documentary Film Series
Chandler Public Library

  • May 29 Where Soldiers Come From
    From a snowy town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, follow the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard. (90 minutes)
  • June 5 Calavera Highway
    A sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings. (90 minutes) 
  • June 12 Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music
    In this classic 1969 documentary, the Man in Black is captured at his peak, the first of many in a looming roller-coaster career. Fresh on the heels of his Folsom Prison album, Cash reveals the dark intensity and raw talent that made him a country music star and cultural icon. (90 minutes)
  • June 19 Revolution ‘67
    An illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. (90 minutes)
  • June 26 Up Heartbreak Hill
    Up Heartbreak Hill follows two Native teens torn between the lure of opportunities outside their remote Navajo reservation community and the cultural ties that bind them to home. (60 minutes) 
  • July 3 The Way We Get By
    Over the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. (90 minutes) 
  • July 10 The Kings of Pastry
    Pastry chefs whip up the most gravity-defying concoctions and edge-of-your-seat drama as they deliver their desserts for the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition. (90 minutes) 
  • July 17 The City Dark
    Is darkness becoming extinct? Exploring the physical and psychological effects of light pollution, The City Dark is a portrait of the world after dusk, and a meditation on the human relationship to the stars. (60 minutes) 
  • July 24 Last Train Home
    Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. (90 minutes) 
  • July 31 The Principal
    Over the course of a school year, two public school principals with unique styles and similar passions make a difference in the lives of their students. (60 minutes)