As a result of Commissioner Rose Tydus setting goals to educate, unite and empower residents in the City of Opalocka, she recruited various businesses to sponsor FREE movie viewings for residents on the last Saturday of each month at 12:00 PM, during Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturday at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd Floor in Opa-locka.
“I have taken great pride in introducing initiatives that promote strong family values, non-violence, social consciousness, health, hope and historical awareness; a combination of issues that will be highlighted through a variety of movie themes, as I host ‘Lunch & Learn Cinema Saturday.’” The Presentation for August 28, 2010, was “MORE THAN A GAME” featuring newly signed Miami Heat basketball player Lebron James. This movie highlighted “four African-American hoopsters — including James, who became an NBA megastar, but faced a media maelstrom in his pressure-cooker senior year — test their unique bond when they prep for playoffs at their elite, largely Caucasian high school. Filmmaker Kristopher Belman crafts a compelling profile of raw talent, commitment and true friendship…”
After a well received “Day at the movies” in March, Commissioner Tydus began to explore the idea of bringing more films to Opa-locka, so that residents don’t have to leave home to seek knowledge and entertainment through video experiences. Thus, Tydus kicked-off the monthly cinematic movement on July 31, with “SUPER SIZE ME,” a compelling film nominated for the Academy Award’s Best Documentary. A movie the Commissioner chose to address the increasing spread of obesity, which the Surgeon General has declared an “epidemic” throughout the U.S. Directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, “Super Size Me” tells the story of a young man who ate only McDonald’s food three times per day, while experiencing mood swings and other dysfunctions as fat accumulated in his liver. Spurlock had every item on the chain’s menu and always chose to “super-size” his meal, when offered, while documenting the drastic effects the experiment had on his physical and psychological well-being, as he explored the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. It took fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his 30 day experiment. The video received two thumbs-up on “At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper,” and it gave a wake-up call to those attending the screening in Opa-locka.
According to Commissioner Tydus, “Understanding the value of promoting strong families, unifying neighborhoods and offering opportunities to present education, awareness and unity to our citizens can have a long term effect on individuals within the community, as well as the entire City. These quality movie experiences, accompanied by food, prizes and a gift bag, offer an enjoyable learning option in our own backyard for the residents, particularly the youth, on “Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturday” in the GREAT City of Opalocka. For more information or to RSVP, call 305 953-2821, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to confirm participation.
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