Orono Public Library is the newest unlikely host for a date night with a free monthly indie film series at the Keith Anderson Community Center. The library is sponsoring showings of various recently released, critically acclaimed independent films at 7:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. All films to be shown are festival award-winners.
The program began Sept. 4 with “The Grocer’s Son.” Kathy Molloy, director of the Orono Public Library, said although only six people attended the first indie film event, “they all left saying that they would tell a friend.”
After gathering inspiration from other local libraries, Molloy came up with the idea for an independent film series. She then collaborated with Film Movement, a company that releases one independent film per month to public institutions with one performance right per film. The library now holds a subscription with the company and hopes to continue the series as long as it is met with attendees.
The next movie, “Arranged,” is set for 7:15p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2.
“Arranged” is the story of two young women who teach at a public school in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rochel comes from an Orthodox Jewish family; the other, Nasira, hails from Syria with a Muslim background. The two women transcend their cultural and social differences to become close friends. They soon realize they have much more in common than previously thought, primarily the fact their parents are setting them up for traditional arranged marriages.
“Arranged” has won six awards, including Best Feature from the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Its tagline is “Friendship Has No Religion.” The film promises a culturally important and poignant experience to those with an open mind.
So on Thursday, skip an overpriced, overrated Hollywood flick and check out “Arranged” at the Keith Anderson Community House in downtown Orono. Refreshments are available and admission is free. For more information, call 866-5060.