10/23/17 Minutes: Winter Calendar Planning

In attendance: Anthony, Chris, Jackson (moderator), Ty (secretary)
Start time: 7:00 PM

1. Event Review – The FFAC presentation was this Saturday. It was a very light attendance, but the presentation itself was alright. Robert said he’d be happy to do it again if we wanted. We worried it was an issue of late advertisement, but also a potential that animal rights just isn’t as big of an issue to our regular attendees as we would hope.

2. Winter Calendar –

We and DSA are interested in continuing Popcorn Politics into the winter with three more movies. Major suggestions raised on Friday after They Live were RoboCop, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, American History X, and The Terminator.

Jackson suggests that we perhaps do another race-centric February lineup in honor of Black History Month. We are also currently considering adding Whose Streets as a February movie, depending on its availability. (It’s still being shown in theaters.) Ty suggests that the February discussion could be on the racist dimensions of the prison-industrial complex, possibly with a provocative title calling it something like “Modern-Day Slavery.” Jackson is intrigued, but concerned about the specifics of marketing that event so that we’re clearing saying “blackness is treated as criminal” and not awkwardly implying that “black people are criminals”.

Ty also thinks we should maybe have one of our discussions on immigration.

Family-Friendly Movie Night: An American Tail
Or: The Iron Giant, The Secret of NIMH, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa

Reed brought up a Frank Little independent film and book that recently came out. And we could potentially discuss him or screen the film.

We had a discussion about national liberation movements and international solidarity, but as far as turning it into a discussion, we’d have to work on making sure it’s not overly theoretical and able to be accessible for folks who don’t know much about the topics.

Jackson last week put in a request to potentially screen Whose Streets? here at the House. Chris says that the standard DVD is up on Amazon pre-order for November if that doesn’t pan out.

Chris brings up Birthright: A War Story as a potential film to show during January. He also suggests the film Nineteen Eighty-Four and Starship Troopers for Popcorn Politics, but Starship Troopers will probably wait until a Spring showing, since we’re pretty sure we’re going to show RoboCop so we don’t want to necessarily do something by the same director.

We were thinking we’re very focused on 80s films, so we started talking other options: Snowpiercer, Arrival, The Matrix, District 9.

Jackson also suggests a movie specifically for Black History Month: he particularly likes Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film and CSA: Confederate States of America, but Chris also proposes 12 Years A Slave. Anthony also suggests Get Out again, though we’re not entirely sure whether horror would be a genre that’s appropriate. We are putting it into a vote in the DSA group. Do the Right Thing and Chi-Raq are other Spike Lee films brought up.

Ty brought up having a discussion on liberation theology.

Some ideas that were left over from the Fall Calendar planning:

Discussion Group: “10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race” (https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/10-things-every-white-teacher-know-talking-race)

January/February: Trans Clothing Exchange

December 15, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): RoboCop
Date TBD, 5-7 PM – Family Movie Night: An American Tail
Date TBD, 1-3 PM – Discussion

January 12, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): American History X
Date TBD – Movie Night: Birthright: A War Story *tentative*
Date TBD, 1-3 PM – Discussion
Date TBD – Counter-Protest to the Walk for Life

February 3, 1-3 PM – Sankara and the African Fight Against Imperialism
February 9, 7 PM – Popcorn Politics (Co-Hosted by DSA Lincoln): TBD
February 23, 7 PM – Movie Night: Whose Streets? *tentative*

Tabled items: Winter Calendar, Articles for Discussion, Graphic Designer, Stuff to Buy (canopy, stuff to secure bike rack, labels, 7×7 no-slip outdoor mat for porch, new SSD hard drive for public laptop

Meeting adjourned: 8:30 PM