Salem Progressive Film Series

Posted on October 6th, 2015 by Matt | Posted in

September 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grand Theatre
191 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301
$5.00 Donation
 raising awareness, one film at a time
Upcoming Documentaries Sept. 2017 

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In This Issue

 What we do and why we do it

The Salem Progressive Film Series (SPFS) mission is to raise awareness and educate the community on important current, local, national and world issues, provide a public forum for discussion and further research, and stimulate personal civic involvement.


Each month, we show high quality documentaries followed by expert guest speakers and an audience discussion.

Where and when we

do it

Every third Tuesday from September to May.
7PM, doors open 6:15


Salem’s Historic 
Grand Theatre
191 High St. NE
Downtown Salem, OR.


Grand theatre
Our Sponsors

Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre
Salem Weekly
LifeSource Natural Foods
John Gear Law Office
South Salem Cycleworks
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
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Venti’s Cafe
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Rafn’s Restaurant
& Local Goods
Salem City Club
Salem City Watch
Allied Video Productions
Marion County Democratic Party
Cindy’s Seams, Alterations and Repairs
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On Tuesday, Sept. 19th,
SPFS will begin its 11th year as a nonprofit documentary film series here in Salem! (yippee!!)
Over the past 10 years, we have brought you over 90 documentaries, with over 180 expert guest speakers and an opportunity to become engaged, helping to make our world a better place for everyone.
“The lifeblood of a democracy is your ability to understand and act upon a problem once the facts are presented to you. The purpose of this motion picture is to give you the facts and then you, as individuals and citizens of a democracy must take action”.
-Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. Us Surgeon General   1946
We hope you can join us for our first film of our 11th year, shown on:
Tuesday, September 19th
Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre
Harvest of Empire
The Untold Story of Latinos in America
Harvest of Empire focuses on seven countries located in the Latin American regions closest to the U.S. The documentary reveals the true origins of massive migrations from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The living history depicted in Harvest of Empire is a moving, inspiring and often heartbreaking tale that must become part of our national conversation about immigration.
The growing anti-immigrant movement has succeeded in polarizing communities across the country, tapping into fears about economic uncertainty and demographic diversity. Our hope is to spark a civil dialogue and help to raise awareness about the true origins of the Latino presence in the U.S. and focus attention on the contributions of Latino immigrants to our society.
Documentary is followed by guest speakers and an audience discussion.
See below for more information.
And thank you for your support.

 Upcoming Film

Tuesday, September 19th – 7 PM 
doors open at 6:15
Harvest of Empire
The Untold Story of Latinos in America
At a time of heated and divisive debate over immigration, Onyx Films is proud to present Harvest of Empire, a feature-length documentary that reveals the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today.
Based on the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist and Democracy Now! Co-host Juan González, Harvest of Empire takes an unflinching look at the role that U.S. economic and military interests played in triggering an unprecedented wave of migration that is transforming our nation’s cultural and economic landscape.
From the wars for territorial expansion that gave the U.S. control of Puerto Rico, Cuba and more than half of Mexico, to the covert operations that imposed oppressive military regimes in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the U.S.
“Sobering and much needed look at Latino immigration”
-New York Daily News
Guest Speakers:
Dr. Joseph Orosco, 
Associate Professor of Philosophy and
Director of the Peace Studies Program at Oregon State University
Second speaker: TBA
To view documentary trailer:
 Become an Individual Supporter of SPFS

Help support the Salem Progressive Film Series.
Your financial contribution will allow us to bring high quality films and expert speakers to Salem.
For only $70, we will mail you a pass for all 9 films, September through May, and your name will appear as a supporter on our loop video.
Not only will you have personal satisfaction, but you will also be helping to strengthen our community. Your donation is tax deductible.
Mail your check to:
PO Box 13184
Salem, OR 97309
Thank you!

We are not just an audience. We are not passive witnesses, sitting in a dark theatre. Many of the documentaries that we bring to Salem can be difficult to watch, but sometimes it’s what we need to jolt us into action. The goal of SPFS is that each and everyone of you can resonate with our films, and by working together with discipline and persistence, we can overturn unjust authority.

Salem Progressive Film Series, PO Box 13184, Salem, OR 97309

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