COMMUNITY VOICES: AMERICA’S STORIES Documentary Screening—May, 2, 2019, 7 p.m., Folino Theater

COMMUNITY VOICES: AMERICA’S STORIES is a social issue documentary film program at Chapman University. Each year, groups of students spend two semesters creating a short documentary about today’s most relevant, national social issues. This year, the theme was AMERICAN IDENTITY. We are thrilled to unveil this year’s films at our premiere screening, which will be followed by a panel with the filmmakers and a reception featuring delicious, FREE food. This event is open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

This year’s screening features the following films:

AMERICAN MADE by Spencer Santini, Jordan Prieto-Valdés, Dany Zavala, Jacinta Filaci, Peng Wang
A powerful and triumphant look at the labor union movement in New York City.

LADYLIKE by Lidieth Arevalo Hernandez, Rachel Bickert, Emma Wang, Emily Tapanes
A young queer woman in the American south comes to terms with her sexuality, shattering her deep-rooted religious beliefs and cultural stereotypes within her conservative community, family and self.

THAT WAS RAY by Kaustubh Singh, Derek Wan, Brenten Brandenburg, Jordan Gorman
A historical documentary featuring the life of Ray Broshears, creator of the Lavender Panthers, a militant, gay activist group in the 1970’s Bay Area.

AMERICAN NATION by Jack Belisle, Gabe Knoos-Newton, Sea Liu, Ragini Bhasin
A short film featuring the challenges faced by American Samoans in Salt Lake City as they strive to become U.S. citizens in this controversial time in our nation’s immigration history.

DIVIDED by Ben Allen, Brynne McKee, Jack Mullinkosson, Jackie Palacios
An examination of the national divide between blue and red, as experienced by two queer women in different parts of the country.

SLAB CITY by Prateek Damodaren, Danylo Hauk
This experiential reflexive documentary delves into the heart of Slab City, an off-grid commune south of Los Angeles, labeled the “last free place in America”. 

The screening is located in the Folino Theater, in Marion Knott Studios,  283 North Cypress Street, Orange, CA 92866.

Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the building or in the lot, with a purchase of a parking pass from the meter located in the back of the building.

For more information, contact professor Sally Rubin at

With many thanks to the Dhont Family Foundation for their generous support of the Community Voices initiative.