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AETN, Hendrix College partner to launch Community Cinema in Documentary screening series raises social issues, creates discussion

Posted 22 Oct 2009

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through film produced by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), premieres with a free advance screening of the upcoming PBS Independent Lens documentary, D TOUR.

Arkansas is joining more than 50 Community Cinema sites nationwide. AETN has partnered with Hendrix to host 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.

D Tour combines a band road trip with a personal quest for an organ donor. The film follows the journey of Pat Spurgeon, a talented indie rock musician on the rise whose life becomes consumed with the care and feeding of his failing kidney. Spurgeon is an integral part of the indie pop band Rogue Wave, whose three critically acclaimed albums and performances worldwide have earned them a growing fan base.

As the film begins, Spurgeon is embarking on tour, an exhausting prospect even for healthy musicians but almost impossible for someone coping with dialysis, dietary restrictions and the search for a living donor match. While his choice to keep touring and working toward the bands goals is put to the test, Spurgeon continues to deal with his challenges in a straightforward and matter-of-fact way.

D Tour also addresses issues within the U.S. healthcare system, including the lack of affordable insurance, the importance of organ donation, and much more. The film features live performances from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Nada Surf, John Vanderslice, The Moore Brothers, and of course, Rogue Wave.

The screening will be held in the rotunda of Bailey Library, 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 the library. For more information, call AETN at 800-662-2386, or visit

Following the screening, a community discussion will be held with panelists from the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA), the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission, and other healthcare organizations. Information will be made available about organ recovery and donation, kidney disease, dialysis and healthcare assistance.

Filled with unexpected twists and the joys and sorrows of life, D Tour directed by Jim Granato, premieres on AETN as part of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 11 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

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