Get Reel documentary film series returns to Chandler Downtown Library on Tuesdays in June and July

May 30, 2018
Get Reel film series

Explore topics such as the vital role of science in public life, the universal power of music and the artistry of Mexican fireworks through the Downtown Public Library's free annual Get Reel documentary film series. The series is made possible through a partnership between POV (Point of View), public television's premier documentary series, and Chandler Public Library.
This summer’s presentations will include alternating afternoon and evening showings in the Copper Room South on the second floor of the Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware Street. Tuesday afternoon matinees take place from 1-3 p.m. on June 12, June 26 and July 10. These afternoon showings feature a post-film audience discussion led by Dr. Michael Rubinoff, professor of History, Film & Media Studies at Arizona State University (ASU). Tuesday evening films will be screened from 6:30-8 p.m. on June 5, June 19 and July 3. The evening events will not include audience discussion. 
“This year marks the first summer we are showing three of the documentaries in the afternoon in order to accommodate additional viewers,” said Chandler Librarian Ted Liebler. “Following the afternoon films, the audience will be able to share reactions and express their viewpoints in a discussion moderated by Dr. Rubinoff of ASU, who has an extensive background in film history and studies.”
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action.
“In tough times, we seek stories that lift us,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary. “With empowering visions of humanity’s promise, the films coming to POV this year showcase the fighters among us. They are people we grew up with on public television, our neighbors and those we may never meet from across the globe working to change their reality and our society. This is the power of nonfiction storytelling on public media — it stretches our expectations of what is possible and makes these stirring narratives available to all.”
The complete Get Reel film schedule, including descriptions, is below and on the Chandler Public Library website at
Singing with Angry Bird  (by Hyewon Jee)
June 5
6:30-8 pm
Jae-Chang Kim runs a children’s choir in Pune, India. Although his quick temper earned him the nickname ‘Angry Bird,’ he has made significant changes in the lives of the choir children. But in need of income, their parents are reluctant to let them practice instead of work. In order to convince the parents, Angry Bird decides to train them to sing for a joint concert with their children, showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together.
Bill Nye: Science Guy (by David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg)
June 12
1-3 p.m.
Film followed by audience discussion led by Dr. Michael Rubinoff.
Bill Nye is a man on a mission: to stop the spread of anti-scientific thinking across the world. The former star of the popular kids show "Bill Nye The Science Guy" is now advocating for the importance of science, research and discovery in public life.  With intimate and exclusive access —as well as plenty of wonder and whimsy —this behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye follows him as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution and a science-based world view. The film features Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan and many others.
QUEST (by Jonathan Olshefski, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon)
June 19
6:30-8 p.m.
Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family from North Philadelphia. Beginning during the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest," raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their basement home music studio. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
The Grown-Ups (by Maite Alberdi)
June 26
1-3 p.m.
Film followed by audience discussion led by Dr. Michael Rubinoff.
In a school for individuals with Down Syndrome, four middle-aged friends yearn for a life of greater autonomy in a society that marginalizes them as disabled. The Grown-Ups is a humorous and at times sad and uncomfortable look at the tragic limbo of conscious adults.
Brimstone and Glory (by Viktor Jakovleski)
July 3
6:30-8 p.m.
The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. Conflagrant revelry engulfs the town, while artisans show off their technical virtuosity. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents that work in pyrotechnics, the celebration anchors their way of life. Here, the festival is an explosive celebration, unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, Brimstone and Glory honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself.
Shalom Italia (by Tamar Tal Anati)
July 10
1-3 p.m.
Film followed by audience discussion led by Dr. Michael Rubinoff.
In Shalom Italia, three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth — a profound, funny, and endearing exploration of individual and communal memory.
If you have questions, please visit one of Chandler’s four libraries or call 480-782-2800.