Opportunity to Keep the After-School Conversation Going!

The after school tutoring proposal we initiated was approved Tuesday evening by the AF&P (Accountability, Finance and Personnel Committee) and with their recommendation of approval, moves on to the full board on September 27th.

On October 10th, we have a tremendous opportunity to add our expertise to the discussion while learning still more about this critical issue at a panel discussion moderated by Alan Borsuk, who has written favorably about Common Ground for the Journal Sentinel.

So, mark your calendars for:


WED OCT 10, 7:30 PM, Rm 640 Kenilworth Square East (1915 E. Kenilworth Place.)
Inspired by Milwaukee Film Festival‘s screening the documentary Brooklyn Castle, and in conjunction with the Public Policy Forum’s multi-part research initiative, this panel will consider challenges for Milwaukee’s after-school programs.  Among the panelists is Rob Henken of the Public Policy Forum.  Note: The PPF is doing a multi-part study on after school programs in Milwaukee and their next report will be released at this panel event!
The film, Brooklyn Castle, is screening at 5 PM at the Oriental, just prior to the panel discussion.

Brooklyn Castle
10/10, 5PM Oriental Theatre

At I.S. 318, a junior high in Brooklyn, no one lives like royalty—except for the chess club. As the school’s squad pursues its 27th national title amidst pending budget cuts to their program, the camera follows five members of the team as they study, practice, and play chess. This inspiring documentary affirming the value of after-school programs will have you cheering for these undeniably charming chessmasters. ~ Milwaukee Film.
View the trailer at http://brooklyncastle.com.

Also showing:
10/1, 7:15 PM Oriental Theatre
10/5, 4:45 PM Fox-Bay Cinema (also with a conversation afterward)


Other Milwaukee Film Festival documentaries of interest to CG members include

Bending Toward the Light
10/07, 7:15 PM, Oriental Theatre, w/conversation at Alterra Prospect
10/8, 5PM, Fox Bay Cinema

Tackling issues similar to “Waiting For Superman” but with a specifically local focus, filmmaker Brad Pruitt’s (Mark My Words, MFF 2010) latest film examines the education system in our own backyard with a focus on the community’s role in reform attempts. Less of an indictment of the education system and more of a dialogue on what can be done to fix its problems, this film is essential viewing for anyone interested in the future of our city, state, and society. ~ Milwaukee Film.

Find the trailer at: http://vimeo.com/19052949

10/01, 4:30PM, Fox-Bay Cinema, with Conversation afterward;
10/06, 7:15PM, Fox-Bay Cinema, with a Conversation after
10/09, 4:30PM, Oriental Theatre, a Conversation at Vintage
10/11, 9:30PM, Oriental Theatre.

Detroit symbolizes some of America’s most defining moments, from the lucrative rise of the auto industry to the current recession and its devastating effects. Despite its bruises, Motor City teems with beauty and tenacity, which directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady capture through stunning imagery and interviews with a wide cross-section of residents. Even as Detroit edges toward bankruptcy, its most ardent admirers insist that money can’t buy happiness. ~ Milwaukee Film.

Find this film’s trailer at http://vimeo.com/45929284

Milwaukee Film Festival Films often sell out in advance.  Learn more at http://mkefilm.org