Ragtag Cinema (10 Hitt St, downtown) regularly (approximately monthly) offers free movies in conjunction with one or more partner organizations about issues of public interest or of concern to the community. This month, there are four events, including their 17th birthday party! All events require (free) tickets, which are distributed the day of the screening unless otherwise specified. Max four per person. On Saturday and Sunday the box office opens 30 minutes before the first show.

Here is the lineup:

* Note: This event has sold out, but is listed for your information.
Tonight (6/5/15), at 6 pm, is the Opening Night Event (movie & discussion) for Merchants of Doubt (2015) [PG-13] [1:36]. Paid tickets are required for the other showings of this movie. This event is sponsored by Community Foundation of Central Missouri Fair Enough Fund with the Columbia Office of Sustainability CoMo Energy Challenge. Free advance tickets for the show were available to the public from June 1-4, at the Office of Sustainability (second floor, City Hall, 701 E Broadway), and any remaining tickets will be available at the Ragtag Box office beginning Friday, June 5 at 10am. Contact Ragtag Cinema (573-441-8504) for updates on ticket availability.
Description: Based on the acclaimed book of the same name, Merchants of Doubt is an engrossing, eye-opening documentary about the way spin works in the American media. Director Robert Kenner (Food Inc.) investigates a fascinating and mysterious part of our society: the slick pundits-for-hire who regularly appear on cable news networks arguing against consensus. For example, the doctors who argue that smoking doesn’t cause cancer or the scientists who claim that climate change isn’t a real issue.

* On Tuesday, June 9, at 6 pm, there will be a Local Women Filmmakers Showcase featuring a Question & Answer after the screeing. The Showcase features the short films of local women filmmakers Polina Malikin, Chelsea Myers, and Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri. The films are
— CLOUDS SO SWIFT (work in progress) is a sideways glancing portrait of a teenage girl trying to escape a small nowhere town. Written & directed by Polina Malikin; Cinematography by Andrew Palermo; Edited by Polina Malikin, Tyler Powell, & Chelsea Myers; Starring Raychel Mooney & Clara Strathausen; Produced by Kim Sherman. 23 min.
— PERCH On a solo retreat to a countryside home, new mother Laila attempts to make peace with her complex past and dark emotions with the help of an unexpected friendship.Written by Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri; Directed by Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri and Logan Lemmon; Edited by Logan Lemmon; Photography by Logan Lemmon; Sound by Eric Butterwick. 19 min.
— CALIFAS Three stories of illegal immigration interweave along the Tijuana/San Diego border. Directed & Edited by Chelsea Myers; Written by Chelsea Myers & Tim Pilcher; Cinematography by Paul Mossine & Chelsea Myers; Sound Design by Tim Pilcher. 8 min.

* On Sunday, June 28, from 6 pm, celebrate Ragtag’s 17 Birthday Party! For their 17th birthday, Ragtag will present a film [1:43] featuring four seventeen-year-old girls; three with the same name, one with a vengeance. While the title is not being announced, it is further described: “It’s a great dark comedy starring Spock’s mom and Will Scarlet that features red scrunchies and and strip croquet.” There is a members-only reception at 5 pm. The film begins at 6 pm, on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be available when the box office opens, 30 minutes before the first showtime on June 28.

* On Tuesday, June 30, at 5:30 pm, the movie Alive Inside (2014) [NR] [1:14] (writer and director: Michael Rossato-Bennett) will be shown, followed by a discussion. The University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center on Aging is sponsoring the screening and discussion of this joyous, inspirational documentary, in which director Michael Rossato-Bennett explores music’s relationship with the mind. He follows a social worker named Dan Cohen as he demonstrates how music can help patients suffering from memory loss. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

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