Free summer movie series explores romance, journalism, civil rights and music

Free summer movie series explores romance, journalism, civil rights and music

June 8th, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattnow Movies

IF YOU GO

What: "Guilty Pleasures" in POV Summer Film Series.

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Chattanooga YMCA, 301 W. Sixth St.

Admission: Free.

Websites: www.chattanoogafilmsociety.org, porkandmeadmag.com/film.

The POV Summer Film Series, presented by the Chattanooga Film Society and Mise en Scenesters, starts Monday with "Guilty Pleasures."

The film, which bills itself as a "real-life romcom," looks at the global phenomenon of romance novels.

According to the filmmakers, every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world.

The film explores the amusing and touching ironies in the contrast between the everyday lives of the books' readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. It focuses on three devotees as well as a writer of the novels and the male model who appears on more than 200 Mills & Boon covers.

The series will screen one movie per month through September. The award-winning documentary films reveal unforgettable storytelling that puts a human face on contemporary social issues, says series programmer Chris Dortch.

Other titles

July 16 -- "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful," which began as a historical documentary about Hurricane Katrina and morphed into a character study of a civil-rights activist.

Aug. 13 -- "Reel Old School," made by Chattanooga college students John Cotton and Brady Effler, explores the correlation between the democratization of recording technology and the fall of the music industry.

Sept. 10 -- "Reportero," which follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly as they ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media.

The Chattanooga Film Society is a nonprofit organization that supports independent filmmaking locally and promotes professional film and television production across the region.

Mise en Scenesters is a film club committed to providing more opportunities for people to see great films that aren't likely to play at the local multiplex.