See Four Great Films for Free at McKendree’s Hett Center

(LEBANON, Ill., September 9, 2014) — The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ free Film Art Series presents four award-winning, critically acclaimed films this season. The 2014-2015 Film Art Series explores the art of communication, which is the theme of the academic year at McKendree University.

Each will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hett auditorium on the Lebanon, Ill., campus. The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation sponsors the free series, which is open to the public. An informal discussion is held afterward. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone. For more information, visit, or call (618) 537-6863.

This season features the following:

Sept. 30: “Persepolis” (2007), an animated film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s bestselling autobiography, is a coming-of-age story of a precocious, outspoken young girl growing up in revolutionary Iran. (Satrapi will be a guest speaker at the Hett on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.) Rated PG-13; 96 min.

Oct. 29: “The King’s Speech” (2010) stars Colin Firth as Britain’s George VI, who unexpectedly ascended to the throne and overcame a great personal struggle to be the king his country needed. Rated R; 118 min.

Jan. 22, 2015: “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) features an all-star cast in a witty romantic comedy about a duplicitous affair between the young playwright and the beautiful noblewoman who inspires him. Rated R; 123 min.

March 3, 2015: “All the President’s Men” (1976) is part detective story, part conspiracy thriller, as reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigate the Watergate scandal that led to a president’s resignation. (Bernstein will a guest speaker at the Hett on April 15 at 7:30 p.m.) Rated R; 138 min.




The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts - “The Hett” - is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.