Appell Center and York College Host 18/19 On Screen/In Person Film Series

Aug 15, 2018

All Tickets Now On Sale!

York, PA – August 15, 2018 – The Appell Center for the Performing Arts and York College of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Engagement are excited to announce that they are teaming up to co-host the 2018-2019 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's On Screen/In Person Program. Made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and with local support from Erda Erdos, the On Screen/In Person program tours six of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers across the mid-Atlantic regionfor public film screenings and live Q&A opportunities. Each film will screen at 7:00 and will be preceded at 6:30 PM by a panel of community experts to discuss the film’s topic. The series will run from September 2018 to April 2019, and all tickets are only $7 for the general public.


Break the Chain

Sept 19 I York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall

Director Laura E. Swanson

Break the Chaincaptures the first-hand accounts of Debbie and Kwami, two survivors of child sex and labor trafficking, to provide a startling look at how this overly sensationalized issue is, in reality, hiding in plain sight. Accompanied by interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and develop creative solutions to combat this global problem, the film helps us learn that we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, and what we support.

Holden On

Oct 12 I York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall

Director Tamlin Hall

Holden Layfield is a 17-year-old junior and it's homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarship offers. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden’s harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.


Nov 15 I Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre

Director Pamela Tom

Tyrusis Pamela Tom's tour-de-force documentary about Guangzhou-born, American artist, Tyrus Wong, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. Weaving together images of his work, archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the artist himself, the film captures how Wong’s unique style helped shape the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942), and established a signature style of animation in early Hollywood.

Man on Fire

Feb 25 I Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre

Director Joel Fendelman

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn't talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town's dark past. Man on Fireuntangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave

Mar 17 I Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre

Directed by Pamela Tom

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Waveis the story of filmmaker, Pam Maus, told through the voices of others who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Landmark legislation of 1960's outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.


Apr 3 I Capitol Theatre

Director Daresha Kyi

A thought-provoking look at the life of Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, CHAVELA weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, perform, and dream to her own unique beat. Centered around exclusive, never-before-seen interview footage of Vargas shot in 1991 and guided by the artist’s voice, CHAVELA explores the myths and tales others have told about her and those she spread about herself.

For tickets, visit, call 717-846-1111or visit the Appell Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 50 N. George Street in York, PA.