Current WALLA Films & Friends Film Series
WALLA’s 2014 Summer Film Series’ theme is Lifelong Learning!
Rise Above the Mark on Monday, June 9 at 6:45 p.m.
Written and produced by educators and friends of public education in West Lafayette, Indiana, the documentary Rise Above the Mark examines the state of public education in the United States and how positive changes are needed to improve the public school system for all children. (Not rated, 65 minutes, 2014)
The Miracle Worker on Monday, June 23 at 6:45 p.m.
Adapted from William Gibson’s play, The Miracle Worker tells of Annie Sullivan’s struggle to teach Helen Keller, her blind and deaf pupil, how to communicate. (Not rated, 106 minutes, 1962)
Stand and Deliver on Monday, July 14 at 6:45 p.m.
High-school math teacher Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos) challenges his drop-out prone inner-city students to take and pass the AP calculus exam. (PG, 103 minutes, 1998)
Akeelah and the Bee on Monday, July 21 at 6:45 p.m.
The last thing eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) wanted to do was enter her school spelling bee—but after winning it, she is inspired by Dr. Larabee (Lawrence Fishburne) to set a new goal: winning the National Spelling Bee. (PG, 112 minutes, 2006)
Educating Rita on Monday, August 11 at 6:45 p.m.
Rita (Julie Walters) is a working-class woman determined to attend university; Frank (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned English professor attempting to escape academia via alcoholism. When Rita enrolls in an Open University course and Frank is assigned as her tutor they both experience transformations they never could have expected. (PG, 110 minutes, 1983)