In the hills of rural Pennsylvania, the leader of a local militia must prepare his men for the turbulent political landscape of 2020 while at war with his own conscience.
For over ten years, 48-year-old Iraqi War Veteran and machinist Christian Yingling have commanded a troop of private militiamen and women concerned with the
government’s infringement on their constitutional rights. The group practices paramilitary drills stockpile food and ammo and attends gun rights rallies in preparation for a doomsday scenario. Now that a worldwide pandemic has hit, followed by a summer of racial injustice protests and a Presidential election like no other, Christian—out of work and nearly out of money—must confront his allegiance and choose to act or not.
Director: David Peter Hansen
David Peter Hansen is a first-time documentary filmmaker and journalist from Denmark, currently based in New York. He has worked and lived in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. David Peter holds an M.S. in Journalism (Documentary Specialization) from Columbia Journalism School and an M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from the University of Bradford.
The Last Race
In the midst of a whirlwind electoral campaign in America’s heartland, a political novice navigates the contours of newfound love.
Director: John Haley
John Haley is a documentary filmmaker based in the Midwestern United States whose stories center on the intersection of personal identity or a particular place and broader societal structures. Thematically, John’s films grapple with contentious issues such as the death penalty and electoral politics through the lens of specific characters, locations, or events; John seeks to contextualize these forms of structural violence through distinct perspectives in the pursuit of nuance and a more truthful, holistic understanding of reality. John attempts to reveal truth carefully and gently, slowly expanding upon stories at the individual level until they are realized fully within the scope of their larger societal implications.
Monumental Devotion: The McKinley National Memorial
The PBS Western Reserve documentary Monumental Devotion: The McKinley National Memorial tells of the public’s admiration of President William McKinley, plus his loving relationship with his wife. It centers on McKinley’s life as president and, ultimately, the construction of a monument in Canton, Ohio, for his final resting place.
Throughout the production, we see evidence of devotion to President McKinley. A striking example is the reported gratitude of some of the memorial workers—former slaves who wanted to contribute to the legacy of a president who fought for the North and opened the military to Black soldiers in the Spanish-American War. We can appreciate the workers’ efforts as we explore a part of the monument the public never sees: the formidable steps between the inner and outer domes that lead to a breathtaking view of Canton.
This program includes a discussion with Michelle Gullion of the First Ladies National Historic Site and Mark Holland of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.
Price: $7 per ticket includes all 3 short films (also part of the $30 2-Day and $60 All-Access passes)