Salem Progressive Film Series

Raising awareness. One film at a time.

At the Salem Progressive Film Series, we believe the power to effect change begins with knowledge. We find the best documentaries around and pair them with dynamic speakers to spread ideas, create discussion, and inspire action.

Mark your calendars! We've moved to the third Tuesday of each month, Sept - May.


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


7 p.m. | Third Tuesday, Sept-May



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Latest films


Ivory Tower

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

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racing to zero

Racing to Zero

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources, rather than waste.

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