Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center will host a special premiere free screening of Pell during the Flicker’s Rhode Island International Film Festival on Thursday, August 11th at 7:30pm.
The film is produced by Elyse Katz and directed by Steven Feinberg, both the producer and director are expected to be in attendance for the screening.
The event is free but those who want to attend must register to secure their seat at the screening.
PELL takes you from the mansions of Newport to the dramatic behind the scenes legislative conference in 1972 to recount how a wealthy, unassuming Senator from Rhode Island reached across party lines and was able to get the House and Senate members to vote for the passage of the Pell Grant legislation. From his early days in the Coast Guard, Senator Claiborne Pell sought to help his fellow seamen get access to the kind of college education that he received at Princeton. “PELL” details his fervent quest to bring the Pell Grants – financial aid for each and every student – to fruition.
PELL showcases personal stories of Pell Grant recipients including Jean Paul Valencia, the first in his family to go to college as he walks through the gates of Harvard; community college student advocates addressing lawmakers on Capital Hill; icon recipients including Viola Davis and former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar –as well as former NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin, who talks about STEM education and its importance for future generations.
PELL takes you through the relevant issues of education today within the realm of politics, where players weigh in heavily on government’s current mandate. And with the urgency of the student loan debt crisis, the PELL documentary could not come at a better time, as it shines the light on government’s responsibility to aid in the education of those who seek it.
Also showing on this evening will be SPLIT TICKET , which is directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo and is approximately 20 minutes in length. The director will be present at the screening. In 1947, newly-minted congressmen and future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events described in ‘Kennedy & Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America’ by Chris Matthews.