Millersville University is one of only eight sites throughout the country presenting this film series where visiting On Screen/In Person filmmakers develop participation in community activities that provide context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film. 


The series includes six films from award-winning documentary filmmakers, and also includes talk-back sessions with the film’s directors, an incredible opportunity to learn more about the art and process of creating a film, and to rediscover and renew our love of film as a vital genre to change the world we live in for the better.




Kicking off the series on September 13, 2016 is Sweet Dreams, directed by the brother and sister film-making team of Rob & Lisa Fruchtman, follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of genocide to create a new future for themselves. These pioneering women create the first all-female drumming troupe, and open the first ice cream shop in Rwanda, Sweet Dreams, as a means for economic self-sufficiency. Pre-show activities for this event begin at 6:00 PM with free ice cream from Carmen and David's. At 6:15pm, we will host an informal community forum that will explore issues examined by the film, including genocide, justice and reconciliation, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. Panelists include Dr. Onek Adyanga, Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El, and Dr. Timothy Shea, all on the faculty of MU; Isadore Iradukunda, a Millersville alum from Rwanda; and Ruby Taylor, MSW, Founder of “For Black Girls.” Click here for tickets!


You Belong To Me, directed by John Cork, tells the story of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy black woman in Suwannee County, Florida, who in 1952 shoots State Senator-elect Dr. Clifford Leroy Adams. What began as a bizarre murder case quickly turns into a bright light on the rotting underbelly of the Old South. You Belong To Me will be shown on Thursday, October 13, 2016.


Love Thy Naturedirected by Sylvie Rokab and narrated by Liam Neeson, shows how deeply we have lost touch with nature. It takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world, and shows us that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well-being, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises. Love Thy Nature will air on Monday, November 21, 2016.


Hilleman – A Perilous Quest To Save The World’s Children, directed by Donald Rayne Mitchell, tells the story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. He came to prevent pandemic flu, develop the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and invent the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. This film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man. Hilleman – A Perilous Quest To Save The World’s Children will be shown on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.


Real Boy, directed by Shaleece Haas, relates the story of 19 year-old Bennett Wallace Gwizdalski, following him through the first two years of his transition from female to male, and his journey as a singer/songwriter. As Bennett grows from a troubled teen to a confident young man, we also see changes in his relationships with his mother and his mentor. As Bennett matures and his relationships shift, he chronicles his process in his music, writing raw and undeniably catchy songs, which are woven throughout the film. Real Boy will be shown on Thursday, March 30, 2017.


States Of Grace, directed by Mark Lipman, captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Director Lipman relates that the film is a labor of love documenting his friend, Dr. Grace Dammann’s, remarkable journey following this tragic event. Grace hoped that something positive could come out of the accident, and Lipman believes that her story and the many lessons embedded within it will have a profound effect on audiences. States Of Grace will air on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


TICKET PRICES for all films are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students.