Salem Progressive Film Series

Raising awareness. One film at a time.

At the Salem Progressive Film Series, we believe the world is made better every time you show up. We find the best documentaries around and pair them with dynamic speakers to spread ideas, create discussion and inspire action.

Where

Grand Theatre | 191 High Street NE, Salem, Ore.

When

7 p.m. | Second Thursday, Sept-May

Admission

$5

Latest films

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Citizen Koch

November 13, 7 p.m.

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stripped state workers of their union rights in 2011, was it simply a classic face-off between labor and management, or a bold political move designed to weaken his party’s political opposition? Set against the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy movements, the US Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United, and the 2012 presidential campaign, Citizen Koch documents the consequences for democracy when private interests determine who is elected to deliver public good.

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Just Eat It

December 11, 7 p.m.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

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