What can film offer as a tool to shape the larder public conscience? Not as a high-dollar mental escape in a cool dark room, but as the centerpiece for a lively meeting of the minds?

Society of Work and The Chattery have teamed up to begin a year-long film series they're calling Cinematics. Each free public screening with present a film around a theme followed by a panel discussion to explore how that month's theme plays out in our own community...and they'll have pizza and beer just for the heck of it. Our $2000 grant will fund the screening fees for each of the six Cinematics experiences scheduled so far. 

With its first event partnering with The Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga to show The Hunting Ground, a film about sexual assault on college campuses in the US, we're excited for the meaningful conversation around sensitive issues. And really, isn't cultivating empathy and citizen engagement through relationships what it's all about?