March 16 ‘Coffee and Conversation’ Series Screens ‘All of Me’

News Release Date: 
March 5, 2014

For Immediate Release

March 16 ‘Coffee and Conversation’ Series Screens ‘All of Me’

 LINCOLN, Neb. (March 5, 2014) -- NET’s next “Coffee and Conversation in the Community” film and discussion series begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16, with a screening of “All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts,” at Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 313 N. 13th St. on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

“Coffee and Conversation” is free and open to the public. A moderated discussion of the film follows the screening. The films are shown in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, Lincoln community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM), the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Malone Community Center.

“All of Me” follows a group of women who call themselves “The Girls.” They have been friends -- and morbidly obese -- for years. Their bond goes deep and wide, literally and figuratively. They are smart, intuitive, complex, warm, and compelling and speak openly about their inner lives. They met via the Austin, Texas, chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and partied together among Austin’s Big Beautiful Women community. Meanwhile they tried every diet and every pill. Now they’re going through the life-changing process of weight-loss surgery in an effort to lose hundreds of pounds. The experience presents a host of issues and consequences -- some they knew they were in for, some they feared and some they never could have imagined.

The post-film discussion panel includes Carly Woods, assistant professor of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies UNL; Anne Widga, a registered dietitian, licensed medical nutrition therapist and certified diabetes educator;  and a bariatric surgery post-operation patient.

ITVS Community Cinema is a public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from PBS’s “Independent Lens” in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

“Our vision for the ‘Coffee and Conversation’ series is to engage a network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally,” said Marthaellen Florence, NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach director.

For more information on the series and NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach, check the NET website at http://netNebraska.org/engage

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CONTACT: NET Community Outreach director Marthaellen Florence, 402-470-6603 or mflorence@netNebraska.org
RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-470-6694, or khachiya@netNebraska.org

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