Dates: Thursday 9/15
Age Group: Adults 18+
Location: Ambler Theater
Description: The Ambler Theater, Upper Dublin Public Library, and Wissahickon Valley Public Library present a three-film series exploring civic engagement in a fun, entertaining way. Each film in the series looks at a Constitutional Amendment through the lens of film with introductions from a local scholar, legal expert, or politician.
Sept 15 – Watch the film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”
1939 – 2 hr 9 min – USA – b/w – DCP – d: Frank Capra – w/ James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains
Capra’s stirring crowd-pleaser about American democracy and ideals, featuring one of Jimmy Stewart’s best roles ever. He plays Jefferson Smith, the naïve head of the Boy Rangers, who gets appointed to the US Senate because the political bosses think he’ll be easy to control. When he finally comes face-to-face with political corruption, he must decide whether or not to fight. A true American classic.
Presented with an introduction by Kate Harper, retired PA House Member and lawyer, that explores the film’s connection to the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which relates to the direct election of senators.
Presenter: Kate Harper, a partner at Timoney Knox since 1997, was also a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the House of Representatives, representing eastern Montgomery County for eighteen years. She has argued before the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, all of the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the county courts in southeastern Pennsylvania. In the Pennsylvania Legislature, Kate served as Chair of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Local Government Committee and on the Pennsylvania Local Government Commission. Before that, she was a local government elected official as a Supervisor in Lower Gwynedd Township for thirteen years.
Tickets: $5. Purchase tickets at the Ambler Theater box office or online at amblertheater.org.
Check out the other films in this series: Sept 22 – I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang / Sept 29 – Election
This series is funded, in part, by the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.