Hettenhausen Center Announces 2021-2022 Film Art Series

(LEBANON, Ill., September 20, 2021) – McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts plans to show six critically acclaimed movies during its 2021-2022 Film Art Series at the Lebanon, Ill., campus. A University professor will briefly discuss each film’s theme or concept beforehand during an informal “Screen Talk” at 6 p.m.

Admission is free to all screenings. Some films contain adult themes or languages and may not be appropriate for everyone. For more information, visit theHett.com, or call 618-537-6863. The schedule is as follows:

Oct. 7: “Ophelia” (2018) A reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, told from Ophelia’s perspective. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 54 minutes. Screen Talk host: Dr. Nichole DeWall, professor of English.

Nov. 2: “Kinky Boots” (2005) Based on a true story, the film tells of a struggling British shoe factory’s young, strait-laced owner, who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to save the business. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 48 minutes. Screen Talk host: Dr. Jessica Campbell, associate professor of English.

Nov. 18: “My Octopus Teacher” (2020) A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. Rated G. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Screen Talk host: Dr. Brenda Boudreau, professor of English.

Feb. 2: “Our Planet” (2019) Experience Earth’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary narrated by Emmy and BAFTA winner Sir David Attenborough. Rated PG. 1 hour. Screen Talk host: Dr. Martha Patterson, professor of English.

Feb. 23: “Judas & The Black Messiah” (2021) This American biographical drama film features the betrayal of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago by an FBI informant. Rated R. 2 hours, 6 minutes. Screen Talk host: Dr. Lauren Thompson, associate professor of history.

March 22: “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (2018) Filmmakers travel to six continents and 20 countries to capture stunning images documenting the catastrophic impact humans have made on the planet. Not Rated, 1 hour, 27 minutes. Screen Talk host: Dr. Kevin Zanelotti, professor of philosophy.