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AETN, Hendrix College host Community Cinema featuring free screening of ‘Young@Heart’ Documentary features elderly chorus group performing popular rock and punk songs

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

Young@Heart, a film by Stephen Walker, introduces a chorus that sings classic rock and punk songs and just happens to have an average age of 80. The film follows the group, founded in 1982 by director Bob Cilman, during a seven-week period in 2006 as they prepare for their Alive and Well concert in their hometown of Northampton, Mass.

Originally performing classical, opera and Broadway songs, Cilman has moved Young@Heart to popular rock and punk songs, ranging from the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Coldplay, James Brown, Radiohead and The Clash. With around two-dozen members, Young@Heart has become a phenomenon in Northampton and has performed over a dozen concerts in Europe.

The screening will be held in the Murphy Building, located on the Hendrix campus at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winfield Street in Conway. Refreshments will be provided, and parking is available in lots adjacent to Bailey Library. Attendees may register to win a free DVD copy of Young@Heart that will be given away following the screening. For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit www.aetn.org/engage.

Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with panelists from the Arkansas Department of Health Services Division of Aging and Adult Services and other senior services organizations.

Young@Heart premiered on AETN as a part of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m.

Hendrix, founded in 1876, is a selective, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college emphasizing experiential learning in a demanding yet supportive environment. The college is featured in the 2010 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the countrys best 371 colleges, was identified as the nations top Up and Coming liberal arts college for 2010 by U.S. News and World Report, and is ranked among 44 Best Buy colleges by the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (www.aetn.org) provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.


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