Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet against Democracy

On Thurs, September 13, at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector returns to with a probing Media Education Foundation documentary, Digital Disconnect, exploring the digital revolution and the threat that global telecom and tech monopolies pose to internet freedom and ultimately to American democracy. Featuring prominent media scholar and author Robert McChesney, upon whose eponymously titled book the film is based.

Day One Executive Director and community activist Christy Zamani leads a community discussion following the film. The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.  Admission is free the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

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Conscientious Projector: Undercurrents: Memes That Divide

Are we really a nation of snowflakes and deplorables? What’s so wrong about political correctness? Whose country is this? Are there any “self-evident truths” that we still hold? Join us on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. for a collection of short films and video delving beneath the surface of some of the major news stories and issues that have divided Americans and separated us into seemingly intractable opposing political camps. Join us as we consider these questions and seek a path forward.

A community discussion follows the program.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.  Admission is free the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector: A Quest for Meaning

Please join us for a screening of A Quest for Meaning on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts.  In the film, two young Frenchmen, friends since childhood, embark on a global journey to discover the roots of the social, economic, environmental and spiritual degradation that has impacted life on our planet. Their travels are filled with beauty, hope and new understanding. Their encounters with philosophers, scientists, activists and holders of ancient traditions lead them to an appreciation that meaningful, restorative change in our inner selves, human society, and the natural world is not only possible, but within our grasp.

A community discussion follows the film.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.  The Amory is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, California.

NOTE: Conscientious Projector is now on our new quarterly schedule. Our next event will be on Thursday, April 12.

Company Town: The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Conscientious Project will screen Company Town: The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy at Armory Center for the Arts.  Airbnb and Uber have become the poster companies of what has ironically become known as the “sharing economy.” Skyrocketing rent increases brought about by gentrification and the infusion of tech industry professionals have driven out scores of ethnic and low income residents in Northern California and cities around the U.S. These interrelated issues are vividly brought to light in Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s new documentary about a supervisorial election in San Francisco pitting a controversial champion of the poor and grassroots groups against an opponent who represents corporate interests in yet another struggle between people vs. power.

Economic justice advocates from POP! (Pasadenans Organizing for Progress) will lead a community discussion following the film. Admission is free.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Town Pasadena.

Conscientious Projector: Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District

Join us on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts for a screening of Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District.  As public education persists as a significant and debated issue both locally and nationally, Conscientious Projector holds a reprise screening of Go Public by local filmmakers and public school advocates Dawn and James O’Keeffe.

A few years ago, the O’Keeffes recruited 50 small film crews who followed Pasadena public school students, teachers, volunteers and administrators as they went about a typical day on the school district’s many campuses. The result is a cinema verité-style film that not only contradicts the conventional meme that public education is irrevocably broken, but also shows the vitality, dedication and teamwork that exists among stakeholders amidst the challenges of providing a learning experience for students in an economically and racially diverse urban area like Pasadena.

The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.  The filmmakers join us for a community discussion following the film. Admission is free the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector: Dysfunctional Societies: Why Inequality Matters

On Thurs., September 14 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector returns from our summer hiatus with award-winning author/educator Richard Wilkinson’s cogent analysis of wealth inequality in the U.S., Dysfunctional Societies:  Why Inequality Matters at the Armory Center for the Arts.  The Media Education Foundation production examines the widening disparity between the U.S. and other Western societies in the most significant measures of personal and societal wellbeing and cohesion, despite our nation being the wealthiest in the world.

Collaborate PASadena’s Brian Biery leads a community discussion following the film.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector: A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

Thursday, May 11
7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                          
It is commonly accepted in environmental activism circles that consumerism in America and other parts of the world has been one key drivers of global climate change. A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a fascinating documentary from Happen Films that focuses on the intentional community of Wurruk’an in Gippsland Australia, where a group of (mostly) millennials engaged in a challenging but enlightening year-long experiment in simple living, organic farming, energy descent and tiny houses as meaningful corrective measures in addressing modern day environmental, economic and social crises.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

NOTE: Conscientious Projector will be taking a 3-month hiatus from June through August.  Our monthly events will resume in September.