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.

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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Private Violence

February 12, 7 p.m.

One in four women experience violence in their homes. Have you ever asked, “why doesn’t she just leave”? Private Violence shatters the brutality of our logic and intimately reveals the stories of two women: Deanna Walters, who transforms from victim to survivor, and Kit Gruelle, who advocates for justice.

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Pay 2 Play

March 12, 7 p.m.

Pay 2 Play follows filmmaker John Ennis’ quest to find a way out from under the Pay 2 Play system, where politicians reward their donors with even larger sums from the public treasury — through contracts, tax cuts, and deregulation. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes is the layman’s guidebook to taking back our democracy.

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The Human Experiment

April 9, 7 p.m.

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers… until now.

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