Inaugural Film Festival Starts This Spring

Sinclair Community College is excited to bring three films to its campus as part of the inaugural ‘Sinclair Screenings’ event. This spring, Sinclair will screen three films highlighting contemporary social issues: Coal Country; Defiance; and The Last Truck.

"These films deal with significant social and cultural issues," said Dr. Steven Lee Johnson, president of Sinclair. "The screenings and the ability to interact with our faculty and the films’ producers or directors will provide unique learning opportunities for our students and staff."

All of the screenings are free and open to the public. For more information about the events, please visit the Sinclair Screenings website.

The Films

Coal Country

A film by Mari-Lynn Evans and Phylis Gellar, Coal Country is the compelling story of modern coal mining and the dramatic struggle around the use of this resource that provides over half the electricity in America. In Appalachia, miners and residents are locked in conflict: is mining and processing coal essential to providing good jobs, or is it destroying the land, water, and air?

This event kicked off with a reception featuring music by the Bluegrass Pickers. After the screening, the audience was given the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with the film’s producer, Mari-Lynn Evans. Find out more about this past screening by checking out the Coal Country news story »


Based on a true story, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell star as Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe who escape into the Belarussian forests. From here, they join Russian resistance fighters and work to build a village to protect themselves and 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

Presented by the Holocaust Remembrance Committee, a brief dialogue followed the screening. Learn more about this past screening and the Holocaust Remembrance committee by reading the Defiance news story »

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

Just two days before Christmas in 2008, the General Motors assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio shut its doors. Not only did this event leave thousands of people without jobs, it also left many without the pride and camaraderie their jobs provided them with for years. This Oscar-nominated documentary short, The Last Truck, shares the experiences of the final months at the plant through the eyes of the employees.

After the screening of the film, the audience will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with the film’s directors, Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, and former GM employee and current Sinclair student Kate Geiger. Please join us for this event on Tuesday, May 11 from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium, Building 12. Learn more and RSVP from the Sinclair Screenings webpage»

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