Reel to Real

Real to Reel

"The audience thoroughly enjoyed the film and was engaged in the discussion that followed. It was great to see new faces coming to our library."

Jane Henze
Adult Services Coordinator
DeForest Area Public Library

Reel to Real works with public and academic libraries across the state to combine the power of documentary cinema with community dialogue and action. Reel to Real helps libraries host public screenings of critically acclaimed PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussions with local experts. Libraries can choose from an array of films addressing a wide range of topics, including race and diversity, social justice, health care, history, the arts, education and civic engagement - some of the most critical issues facing communities in Wisconsin today.

Reel to Real events are designed to meet core community needs. The screenings successfully bridge the gap between viewing a film and creating community dialogue and action. We have discovered that participation in these events can have powerful effects on public dialogue, participation and involvement. Simply put, Reel to Real seeks to turn viewers into doers.

Reel to Real is a partnership with the Wisconsin Library Association.

Film Categories

Showcasing some of the best that Wisconsin has to offer, these films range from Jerry Apps: A Farm Story to Wisconsin From the Air. Made in Wisconsin films capture the people, places and events that contribute to Wisconsin's culture. Additional films that are available, but not listed here are Aldo Leopold: Learning from the Land and Aldo Leopold: Prophet for all Seasons.

Recorded in the natural settings of the regions that native people have called home for centuries, these films feature tribal members sharing the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped their vibrant communities across generations.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories tell Wisconsin's history one town at a time. This series of films tells of the people, businesses and events that shaped communities throughout Wisconsin.

Wisconsin War Stories are films in which Wisconsin's men and women in uniform share personal accounts of courage and sacrifice from some of America's historic battles.

Learn about the women who have made an impact in Wisconsin and throughout the world.

POV: Art and Craft

The jig is up for art forger Mark Landis, who has donated his expert copies to museums for 30 years. But stopping isn't simple. This cat-and-mouse caper uncovers the universal in one man's search for connection and respect.

Dr. David Eagleman explores how the brain conjures the beautiful world we all take for granted.

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