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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.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Chiwetel Ejiofor (2019, 113 min.)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 7PM

132 HUB Flex Theatre


Amy C. Elliot (2019, 57 min.) + additional shorts

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 @7pm

Happy Valley LaunchBox

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Lydia Smith (2013, 85 min.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @7PM

Foxdale Village Auditorium

A Will for the Woods

Amy Brown, Tony Hale, Jeremy Kaplan, & Brian Wilson
(2014, 102 min.)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 7PM

St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code

Judith Helfand (2018, 76 min.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 7PM

The State Theatre 

Arts, Society, and Place: An Evening of Shorts

(90 min.)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 7PM

3 Dots Downtown

Woman at War

Benedikt Erlingsson (2019, 101 min.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 7PM

132 HUB Flex Theatre

Youth Unstoppable

Slater Jewell-Kemker (2018, 87 min.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Penn State Views


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


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