Berks alumnus moderates Sundance film program at Exeter Library in April

READING, Pa. -- Throughout April, the Exeter Community Library is screening five Sundance Institute films as part of "Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue," a program that seeks to engage in communication through documentary and narrative film with other cultures. The library is one of 21 in Pennsylvania that are participating in the program.

Penn State Berks alumnus Ben Sneeringer, an american studies major with an interest in film who once worked at the Exeter Community Library, is moderating discussions held after each presentation.

The series continues this week with "Dancing in Jaffa" on April 18, followed by "The Rocket" on April 24, and "If You Build It" on April 26. All showings are at 7:30 p.m. in the library's program room. The events are free and refreshments will be served.

The first two films shown were the Oscar-award-winning "20 Feet From Stardom" on April 12, and “Valentine Road" on April 14.

Sundance created the program in cooperation with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sneeringer’s interest in film began at Penn State Berks when he was a student in a film class taught by Michele Ramsey, associate professor of communication arts and sciences and women's studies. In fact, he enjoyed it so much that he has been acting as an informal teaching assistant for the class since completing it, even after graduating from the college.

Four states and four countries have been chosen this year. The Exeter library was the only one in Berks County selected for the program.

The other states selected were California, Michigan and Mississippi, and the countries chosen were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Exeter Community Library is located at 4569 Prestwick Drive in the township. For more information, visit the website at or call the library at 610-406-9431.

Last Updated April 16, 2014