HEAR Film Series

Saturday afternoons in February

HEAR (Holistic Health + Empathy + Accessibility + Recovery) is a partnership between Ciné, Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. (FCS) and Nuci’s Space to raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental illness by screening relevant mental wellness-related films and videos for the Athens community every Saturday afternoon in February.  

THE S WORD - February 8th, 12:00pm
A suicide attempt survivor documents the stories of other survivors with courage, insight and humor. Q&A to follow: Mike Rentschler, LAPC, Family Counseling Services of Athens

CARE - February 15th, 12:00pm
Care pulls back the curtain on the poignant and largely hidden world of in-home elder care. Q&A to follow: Marnie Dodd, LCSW and Athens Area Council on Aging. Food Provided Good Shephard Presbyterian Church

GABRIELLE - February 22th, 12:00pm
Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Q&A to follow: Cyndi White, LPC & ESP, and Brittany Mauzy, LAPC.

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY - February 29th, 12:00pm
A TED TALK by Brené Brown who studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Panel discussion to follow: Cheran Bodry Stone, LCSW; SAP, John Helmly, LPC; NCC, Tyler Vance with Collegiate Recovery Center UGA.

Upcoming UGA Creative Writing Events:

Thurs February 27th, 7pm
Writer V. V. Ganeshananthan to Read

Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is the author of Love Marriage (Random House, 2008). The novel, which is set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.

Ciné is proud to participate in this year's SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a grant initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, that creatively pairs current, classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.  See below for this year's lineup of films and events:


A cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat.

Tuesday March 10
Reception 7:00-7:30pm
Screening and Discussion 7:30pm


Join us at 7:00 pm for a reception with honey tastings from Dan Long, a Georgia Master Beekeeper and President of Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers Association. Enjoy appetizers and baklava made with local honey by International Grill and Bar, or try a honey-based cocktail from the cash bar. There will be plenty of beekeepers on site to chat with and be sure to see the teaching and observation hives, and have a selfie taken with the queen bee! We'll move to the theater at 7:30 pm for a brief lecture by Dr. Lewis Bartlett entitled "One bee, two bee, dead bee, doomed bees?"


Thursday March 26
Reception 7:15-8:00pm
Screening and Discussion 8:00pm


A perfect bowling game is the one true pursuit of Jeff Lebowski. But does he realize the symphony of mechanical and mathematical equations that define the perfect strike? Dr. Craig Wiegert does and he will explain to us the absolute miracle of physics that a perfect bowling game entails, but not before we have a little Wii Bowling fun and some munchies.

The evening starts at 7:15 pm in the Ciné Lab where we'll transform the space with a rug to tie the room together, play Wii Bowling, enjoy nachos and a White Russian from the cash bar. Then its an 8:00 pm film with an introduction, "The Dude’s Perfect Game: How force, velocity and spin combine to create a strike" from Dr. Craig Wiegert, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of Physics and Astronomy at UGA. This is sure to help us all improve our game.


Friday March 27
Reception 6:30-7:30pm
Screening and Discussion 7:30pm


“Schwartzberg’s film quickly proves to be one of the year’s most mind-blowing, soul-cleansing and yes, immensely entertaining triumphs.”

~ Matt Fagerholm,

From mycologists to mushroom lovers, our last Science on Screen® event is sure to please everyone. Join us at 6:30 pm for a reception featuring tastings prepared by The National and the CCSD Culinary Arts Program with local mushrooms from UGarden. Collective Harvest is providing some local vegetables and will be on hand for discussion.

Drs. Anthony Glenn (Toxicologist, mycotoxins, USDA) and Marin Brewer (Plant pathologist, UGA) will let us know why mushrooms should be loved and feared with their brief talk, "Fantastic Fungi: friend and foe".

12th Annual Athens Jewish Film Festival

March 21–25, 2020
Festival Schedule available soon

The 2020 Athens JFF will comprise a 5-day schedule of films & events for an enhanced festival experience. The festival will begin on March 21 with a Celebratory Gala at the Georgia Museum of Art on the UGA campus. Mama’s Boy will present an exceptional dinner, paired with light adult beverages. After the Gala, we’ll be screening our opening night film—Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.

Check the AJFF website for more information. Gala and Festival passes available here.


Next Event Date TBD


Join us on Tuesday evenings for a social hour from 6:30p-7:30p. Meet up with your fellow members for fellowship and perhaps a cocktail.

Not a member yet? SIGN UP TODAY! and receive admissions for $7 or less depending on membership level.

AADM ROUNDTABLE: Discussing Race, Policing, & Difficult Conversations


Our society is experiencing some turbulent times and community members, parents, teachers, and leaders feel uncomfortable discussing difficult issues surrounding race, racism, sexism, immigration, police brutality and educational equity which only keep us divided. Beginning on January 9, 2019, on the second Wednesday of each month, Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will provide a safe space and platform for citizens to have difficult conversations, ask questions, find solutions and learning from each other's experiences. Hosted by Mokah Speaks Podcast, these sessions will include simulations and hands-on activities through dialogue and face-to-face engagement, with an overall goal to gain mutual understanding, and improve race and community relations. 



The OLLI@UGA CINEMA@CINÉ Special Interest Group meets once month to watch a matinee film together and enjoy a discussion about the film, with refreshments and snacks — the cinema equivalent to a book club.  Join in for an enjoyable evening of cinema, conversation and camaraderie!