Limits of the Imagination Film Series
Hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Penn State
How far can our imagination take us? When we’re on a roll, our minds develop vivid new ideas and alternatives that may appear farfetched yet offer exciting possibilities to explore. But sometimes we confront limits to our imagination–“wicked” problems like climate change, poverty, and social inequality whose complexity, feedbacks, and intersecting scales of space and time challenge our comprehension and ability to envision solutions. Sometimes, too, we confront realms of personal and social life where our capacity for empathy or fortitude seems bounded.
Limits of the Imagination explores these challenges through diverse, powerful stories of overcoming limits and changing perspectives on the complex intersections of people, society, and planetary systems. Incredible people, every day, face questions about their future, safety, survival, and identity. Despite adversity, they see possibilities, not limits. From adversity, they take action.
Join us, as we explore limits to sustainability and whether these limits may, in fact, be imaginary! A complete list of films is below.
Limits of Imagination Schedule
The Limits of Imagination film series runs monthly at different locations around State College and Penn State. All films are free and open to the public. All films are shown unrated. With most films, there will be a facilitated post-film discussion for all who are interested. A complete pdf schedule of the series is available here.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, 7 p.m., HUB 132 Flex Theatre
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019, Chiwetel Ejiofor, 113 min.)
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 7 p.m., Happy Valley Launchbox
Salvage (2019, Amy C. Elliott, 57 min. + shorts)
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, 7 p.m., Foxdale Village Auditorium
Walking the Camino (2013, Lydia Smith, 85 min.)
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Methodist Church*
A Will for the Woods (2014, Amy Browne, 102 min.)
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 7 p.m., State Theatre*
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code (2018, Judith Helfand, 76 min.)
Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020, 7 p.m., 3 Dots Downtown Gallery
Art, Society & Place: An Evening of Shorts (~90 min.)
Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, 7 p.m., HUB 132 Flex Theatre
Woman at War (2018, Benedikt Erlingsson, 101 min.)
* Location still tentative