Celebrating Seniors: "A Trip to Bountiful" with Doug Deuchler

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

"A Trip to Bountiful" (1985, 108 minutes) stars Geraldine Page, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as an elderly woman determined to visit her childhood home one more time, in defiance of her controlling daughter-in-law. Set in 1947 Houston, Texas, it's a good movie that will stimulate lots of conversation about independence with seniors. Doug Deuchler is a retired teacher/librarian and excellent film historian.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Film Screening and Discussion: "The Last Days in Vietnam"

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join us for a screening of "The Last Days in Vietnam," a PBS "American Experience" film chronicling the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War and the desperate, unsanctioned efforts by a handful of Americans to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible. After the screening, discuss the film and the Vietnam experience with local Vietnam veterans Brian Flora and Stephen Jordan.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Interactive Film Screening: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm

Put on your '80s gear and get ready to skip school! We'll provide complimentary Fun Packs with props you can use at strategic points throughout the film. Arrive by 6:45 pm for the Fun Pack run-through. Members of Oak Park Festival Theatre will be present to talk about their John Hughes-style take on "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and will raffle off free tickets to their summer production in Austin Gardens.

Teens: To help plan and shape this event, complete a volunteer application at oppl.org/teens and indicate you'd like to be an Event Planner.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room

Charles Laughton Film Series: "This Land Is Mine"

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Tortured but brilliant, Oscar-winner Charles Laughton (1899-1962) was one of the most recognizable and talented actors of his time. Since his portly figure and decidedly unhandsome face meant that leading-man roles were not open to him, Laughton carved a career out of playing a variety of monsters and misfits in films like "The Private Life of Henry VIII" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Through Wednesday, July 15, at 1:30 pm, join Oak Park film historian Doug Deuchler on Wednesday afternoons to screen and discuss some of Charles Laughton's most unforgettable films.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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Film Screening: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Families--school-age children, parents, and grandparents--are invited to join film historian Doug Deuchler and Festival Theatre board member Belinda Bremner to see and discuss "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962, 129 minutes), the film based on the 1960 book by Harper Lee.

Two children in a small southern town are thrust into an adult world of racial bigotry and hatred when their lawyer father chooses to defend a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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A Liar's Workshop: Learn Humor Writing Techniques (Part 2)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Humor is central to helping people connect with and remember an idea, message, or point. In this free two-part Humor Writing Workshop, try five easy-to-learn techniques taught by Debra Schwartz, a writing instructor at Arizona State University.

This is the second session of a two-part series. Reservations are preferred. Call 708.697.6915.

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Second Floor - Veterans Room
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