Hett Film Series Season Starts Sept. 27

(LEBANON, Ill., September 20, 2016) - The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ Film Art Series will present several award-winning, critically acclaimed films this season. Each will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hett auditorium on the Lebanon, Ill., campus. An informal discussion is held afterward. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone. For more information, visit theHett.com, or call 618-537-6863.

The Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation sponsors the series, which is free and open to the public. In addition to one or more Academy Award Best Picture nominees to be announced next spring, the series will feature the following:

Sept. 27: “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) A company of American soldiers lands at Normandy and goes behind enemy lines to find a paratrooper. Winner of five Academy Awards, the film depicts the brutal realities of war, along with its honor and idealism. Rated R; 2 hours, 49 min.

Nov. 21: “Macbeth” (2015) – After murdering King Duncan and seizing the throne, Macbeth becomes consumed with guilt and paranoia in Shakespeare’s bloody tale of a Scottish tyrant. Rated R; 1 hour, 53 min.

The Hett will present three films for Black History Month in February:

Feb. 7, 2017: “Do the Right Thing” (1989) – In a predominantly black neighborhood, a pizzeria’s Italian-actor-only Wall of Fame becomes a neighborhood flashpoint in this drama directed by Spike Lee, which focuses on issues of urban racism. Rated R; 2 hours

Feb. 23: “Dear White People” (2014) – A campus culture war between blacks and whites at a mostly white school comes to a head when the staff of a humor magazine stages an offensive Halloween party. Rated R; 1 hour, 48 min.

Feb. 28: “The Birth of a Nation” (2016) – In the antebellum South, a former slave leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia, which results in a violent retaliation. Not rated; 1 hour, 50 min.