Aug 102011

By Danny Mayer

As a publicly-subsidized teacher at a community college, one of my primary job responsibilities (as I see it, at least) involves finding ways to connect what I do in the classroom to the larger public that I and my students daily inhabit. One way I do this is by inviting the public to participate in my classrooms, which I did last Fall while teaching a rock and roll documentary class.

This fall semester at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), I once again invite the public (you) to my ENG 281 Introduction to Film course. Subtitled “The Sixties in documentary film,” the class will watch and talk about the 1960s, its people and movements, through the lens of documentary film. Your attendance, interest and knowledge is most welcome. Continue reading »

Feb 162011

KET’s Community Cinema Series at the Lexington Public Library

KET, in association with Independent Lens, will host a screening of Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story at the downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library on Thursday, February 17.  The film, which is the latest installment in the Community Cinema Series, tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who is arrested and tried for the murder of a 43-year-old man. Over the course of six years, the film follows Cyntoia through the judicial process while seeking to discover–both culturally and biologically–the factors involved in creating her current situation. The screening will begin at 6 P.M. and is free and open to the public. Expect a discussion to follow. For more information, please visit:

Bluegrass Film Society Screenings at BCTC

The Bluegrass Film Society (BFS) continues its 2011 Spring Semester with a series of challenging and thought-provoking films–all of which are free! This year’s programming boasts the addition of a Social Documentary Series as well as a Family Film Series. Most screenings are held  in the Oswald Building Auditorium on the campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College and all are open to the public. For a complete list of films and their showtimes, please visit and do a search for “Bluegrass Film Society.” The series will run until April 20.

On Wednesday, February 23, BFS will show The Cove (USA: Louie Psihoyos, 2009: 92 mins), a hard hitting expose of an annual hidden massive roundup and slaughter of dolphins in a Japanese cove. The film won a 2010 Oscar for best documentary.

Nov 232010

One of the leaders of the Kentucky Dream Coalition has been detained… She’s a student at BCTC, the second student detained this past year. Here’s a link to an article we wrote on another BCTC student getting deported: BCTC Student Deported

Please sign and circulate this petition:

But also pressure our community college and university presidents to speak out publicly on this issue. Read below for more on Jennifer Abreu’s story:

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