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Film Appreciation Series offered free to Shelby County Public Library patrons

Film aficionados unite!


Movie buffs can sign up for a Film Appreciation Series on Orson Welles or Pre-Code Hollywood, before censorship took hold.


Sign up by Feb. 20.


Classes are free for library patrons, but they must register to get class materials. Classes will meet through Zoom, and codes are needed.


  Owen Field


Instructor Owen Field, a Southwestern High School graduate, will teach the classes.


Eye of a Poet & Soul of a Magician: Celebrating Orson Welles will be held on Monday nights from Feb. 27 to April 3 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm.


THEY SHOWED THAT!?!? Pre-Code Hollywood will be held on Wednesday nights from March 1 to April 5 from 6:30 to 8:45 pm.


All classes meet by Zoom; patrons will need a code for the Zoom classes.


Students will watch an assigned film before each class session, and discussion takes place during class. All titles will be available in the library for short-term checkout. Links to films online will also be provided.


Check the library website for the lists of films for each class.


To register, email Michael Daniels at or sign up in the library to receive Zoom credentials and course materials.


Field has practiced law in Chicago for 25 years, but he is in his 15th year of teaching film classes through City Colleges of Chicago. Shelby County Public Library is proud to partner with Field to offer college-level classes free to the community.