June Film and Discussion Series - History and Place: Local Interpretations

To most living in South Bend, the city is a place to work, a place to enjoy friends and family and – depending on who you talk to – either a dying city, or a city on the rise.  How did we as a city become what we are today and how can we work together to build a tomorrow that is inclusive, productive, and full of potential?


Those with a discerning eye look to the voices of our past and listen closely to those in the present to imagine our future.  In June 2017, LangLab presents a film series that examines a sense of place through different types of artistic explorations.  Join us on Tuesday evenings to screen locally-produced films that focus on interpretations of place through visual arts and theater.


All showings begin at 7:30pm in the LangLab gallery and are free of charge.  Doors will open at 7pm and a cash bar will be available to those 21 and over.  Each film series will run between 90-120 minutes and will be followed by a short Q&A session with those representing the film.


A final discussion of the concepts raised by each film and fundraiser for the distribution of the filmed theater production Heartland: The Civil War will be held on Saturday July 1, beginning at 7pm.


Dates and Info


Tuesday 6/13: Voices of the Present

The Citizen Project, Presented by Ultreia, Inc.​​


Presented at LangLab in the summer of 2016, The Citizen Project used theater and interpretation as a mirror, empowering the residents of South Bend to define the city by sharing their stories. Through a series of 20 interviews, a wholly unique script was developed, in an attempt to spark curiosity and deeper investigations into local issues.




Tuesday 6/20: Art with a Sense of Place and Time

Dreaming in Public, Presented by Grass Roots Media and Peter O’Keefe


Episode 1: Making Art in the Real World.  Highlighting the work of local artists Kay Westhues and Jake Webster

Episode 2: Art and the Art of Living.  Highlighting the work of local artists Laurie Rousseau and ​

​Ramiro Rodriguez





Tuesday 6/27:  Our History Through Story

Heartland: The Civil War, Presented by Lifetime Education and Research Network (LERN)


This theater production-turned-film presents a docudrama of eleven South Bend, Mishawaka, and ​

​Elkhart individuals from the start of The Civil War through 1890.  It explores an account of the founding historical figures of our area using non-fiction source material and research.








  • Saturday 7/1: Fundraiser for Heartland: The Civil War, educational component, and final showing of Round ‘Em Up: Works by Laurie Rousseau and Ramiro Rodriguez in the LangLab Gallery

    • 4:00pm Encore presentation of Heartland: The Civil War

    • 7:00pm Music and Silent Auction begin

    • 7:30pm Moderated discussion summarizing the themes of the series, History and Place: Local Interpretations

    • 9:00pm Music and conclusion of Silent Auction


Cost for the evening is $10.00.Additional donations accepted by LERN in support of the educational component and distribution of .


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