About Community Cinema

The Independent Lens Community Cinema series is a ground-breaking civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings and community discussions of films from the Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens," airing on PBS. Free and open to the public, Community Cinema gatherings are held regularly in more than 95 cities and towns across the nation, focusing on key social issues of our time.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center partners with several community organizations to co present community cinema each month. After each film we encourage film goers to stay for the talk back.




Community Partners

WYES New Orleans

WYES is a partnership between citizens, foundations, businesses and local, state and federal governments, working together toward the education and development of our community.It is the oldest public television station serving Louisiana and Mississippi, the 12th oldest in the nation, and the most utilized non-profit organization in our two states with as many as a half-million people using our broadcasts, educational outreach activities and web site each week.

Charitable Film Network

 Founded in 2004, the Charitable Film Network (CFN) is a diverse community of media-makers, dedicated to Connecting and Collaborating with non-profits, artists, and activists on noteworthy programs that benefit the community–at–large. CFN connects media-makers to good causes! We use community storytelling and media-making as tools for uniting, educating, and rebuilding our community. CFN coordinates youth media programs, film festivals and screenings, and provides valuable media services and program support to community groups in need.

New Orleans Film Festival

 The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) was founded in 1989. 2013 marks the 24th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival, which has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films. In addition to the annual Film Festival each fall, the NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, Film-o-Rama, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals.