NEA Big Read Virtual Film Screening: Lives Well Lived

Our friends at the Massillon Museum are presenting an online film screening as part of the NEA Big Read event for 2020!  More info on The Big Read can be found here:

View the virtual film screening here:

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Massillon Museum’s annual Big Read, presented in conjunction with the Massillon Public Library, is partially funded by the Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029 and The Rotary Club of Massillon.

CANCELLED: Mysteries & Monsters, presented by Small Town Monsters

As of March 17, 2020 this event has been cancelled.  Refunds will be processed automatically to the credit card used for purchase.


Movies, guest speakers and vendors!
Bigfoot, legendary monsters and UFOs are the subject of this special, one-day event being put on by Small Town Monsters at the Canton Palace Theatre. Take part in a special five year anniversary screening of the documentary about Ohio’s own, Minerva Monster, along with special guest speakers and films by Small Town Monsters, culminating with the world premiere of On the Trail of… UFOs.

Meet the Small Town Monsters crew and take part in a Q&A about the creation of their various film projects. Special presentations by Bigfoot investigator, Lyle Blackburn and paranormal radio host, Shannon LeGro.

Small Town Monsters films, Minerva Monster and The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear will be soon along with the world premiere of the epic, 8 episode miniseries, On the Trail of UFOs. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and speak with paranormal investigators and purchase paranormal and Bigfoot-themed merch in the vendors area.

10:30 Doors Open
11:30 Introduction by Seth Breedlove and Mark Matzke
11:40 Minerva Monster Screening, Q&A to Follow
1:30 Shannon LeGro – “Paramalgamation”
2:45 The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear, Q&A to Follow
4:00 Lyle Blackburn – “The Missouri Monster Mystery”
Dinner Break
6:00 On the Trail of UFOs Premiere, Followed by Q&A


ADMISSION: $12, general admission. $6 for “On the Trail of UFOs” only.  Kids ages 10 and under free with adult admission.  Tickets also available at the door.

CANCELLED: Special Film Presentation: The Library That Dolly Built

As of March 16, 2020 this event has been cancelled.  There is no reschedule date at this time.

The Canton Palace Theatre, Stark Library and United Way of Greater Stark County present a special screening of the documentary The Library That Dolly Built.


During the last 25 years, Dolly Parton has quietly built one of the largest literacy-focused non-profits in the world. Started as a gift for the children of her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in now active in all 50 states and five countries and delivers more than 1.5 million free, age-appropriate books to children every month.

The Library That Dolly Built goes behind-the-scenes of this unprecedented program to show how one of the most famous performers in the world has developed an efficient and effective program, beloved almost universally by its recipients.

Featuring original interviews with authors, policy makers, Imagination Library staff, recipients, and the legend herself, Dolly Parton, The Library That Dolly Built introduces the viewer to all aspects of the Imagination Library, from how the books are selected and mailed to how the Imagination Library was originally formulated and where they expect to go in the future.

The film also provides a glimpse of the profound impact the Imagination Library has on the people it serves by sharing the stories of people like John Gibeau. Gibeau runs an Imagination Library program in rural Minnesota. His town has no library, school or bookstore. Through tears, Gibeau explains that without the Imagination Library some children in his community would not have any books.

Weaved throughout the story of the Imagination Library is a biographical sketch of Dolly Parton, featuring rare photos and films from her childhood. Unlike most biographies of Dolly, it doesn’t focus on her music.  Instead it demonstrates that at every point in her career, any time she has had success, Dolly Parton has come back to Sevierville to give back to her people.

Dolly has gifted her story, her music, her inspiration and her Imagination Library to people throughout the world. It is her Imagination Library, however, that will most likely be remembered as the sweetest gift of all.


ADMISSION: $10, general admission. Tickets also available at the door.
RATING: Not Rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour 8 minutes

Free Movie: “The S Word”

THE S WORD is a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories.

Join the Suicide Prevention Coalition at the Canton Palace Theatre on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00pm for a FREE showing of the film.

Presented by Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery


A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of courage, insight and humor. Along the way, she discovers a rising national movement transforming personal struggles into action.


RATED: Documentary not rated
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 33 minutes

CANCELLED: 2020 Canton Film Fest

As of March 19, 2020 the Canton Film Fest for 2020 has been cancelled.  Refunds for the base price of tickets already purchased will be processed at the point of sale.  Thank you., in association with the Canton Palace Theatre, will host the 2020 Canton Film Festival in downtown Canton on April 25.

4:30PM           Doors Open
5:00PM           Documentary Screening: Like Harvey Like Son
6:39PM           Documentary Ends
6:40PM           Q&A with Harvey Lewis
7:15PM           Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) Winning Short Films
8:45PM           CIFF Q&A
9:15PM           Event Ends

Tickets: $15 Day Pass
$10 for Like Harvey Like Son only
$5 for the CIFF films only

Community Movie: “Brian Banks”

The Mary Church Terrell Club and Simply Youth present a community movie featuring the Brian Banks story.


A football player’s dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.



Documentary: “Roll Red Roll”

Canton Film Festival, Canton Palace Theatre and Compass are hosting a FREE screening of Roll Red Roll documentary on Wednesday, September 18th.  Q&A panel with Joe Samalin of MenChallenging directly following the film.

*This film could be potentially triggering or sensitive.  The topic of sexual assault will be discussed in a manner that could be upsetting to some audiences.  If you feel triggered at any time during this event, a counselor from the Alliance Rape Crisis Center will be available to talk to.

Joe Samalin has been helping communities engage men and boys in gender-based violence prevention for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of MenChallenging, and is currently working as a consultant on with numerous colleges and universities, government agencies, and more. Prior to that he was Senior Program Manager for Community Mobilization & Leadership Development with Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that works to challenge the culture of violence against women and girls. He has been working to address violence against women and girls since he was an undergraduate student, and as an activist and organizer addresses domestic violence, sexual violence, and anti-stalking, through trainings and programming with hundreds of communities on these issues.


Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller and impact campaign that goes behind the headlines of the notorious Steubenville, Ohio rape case to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. The film unflinchingly asks, why didn’t anyone stop it? The impact campaign engages communities around the nation to answer this question for themselves, creating opportunities, tools and pathways for men and boys to challenge ingrained thinking about masculinity and explore their leadership potential in the fight against gender-based violence.

Roll Red Roll shifts the lens and burden from the victim to the perpetrators, bystanders, witnesses, and communities to understand and address the problem. By examining harmful notions of masculinity, Roll Red Roll is shining a light on “rape culture”— a culture that allows sexual assault to be normalized and dismissed. At the heart of this film and campaign, we are opening up a national dialogue that engages men and boys including fathers, coaches, and teens, to get involved in the work to prevent violence and shift culture.

As both an educational tool and a catalyst for social and behavioral change, Roll Red Roll is uniquely poised to incite critical conversations with students, thought leaders and grassroots activists working to eliminate gender violence. Director Nancy Schwartzman, a globally recognized human rights activist, has been using film and technology to transform the culture around gender-based violence for over 10 years. Never have we been so primed for this conversation.



Movie Screening: Farmers For America

Canton, Ohio…  The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum will host a FREE screening of the documentary Farmers for America at The Palace Theatre on September 24 at 7:00 PM. The program is part of Project EAT!, a countywide initiative that celebrates food in Stark County in 2019. The event is sponsored by Arts in Stark.

Narrated by Mike Rowe, this film examines the central question of “Who will feed us?” in the future.  The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60. Half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years. 20% of our food is imported. This is the story of young people who are stepping up.

Stark County has a rich food history starting with our agricultural roots and continuing into the present with urban and rural farming, field-to-fork restaurants and many other food-focused agencies.  Project Eat! highlights the many great existing programs doing work in our community, while showcasing exciting new food-related events created throughout the Stark County area in 2019.  Partners include the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton Museum of Art, Massillon Museum, First Ladies National Historic Site, Stark Fresh, Canton Food Tours, Palace Theatre, Carpe Diem, Kent State Stark, Walsh University Food Design Institute, Visit Canton, and Arts in Stark.  For a complete list of programs, visit

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr NW in Canton.  The Keller Gallery is the Museum’s temporary exhibition space and features a variety of topics each year.  The Museum also includes the McKinley National Memorial, McKinley Gallery, Street of Shops, The Stark County Story, Discover World, and the Hoover-Price Planetarium.  The Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


The average age of the U.S. farmer is 60.  Half of America’s farmland is going to change hands in the next 12 years.  20% of our food is imported.  This is the story of young people who are stepping up.


RUN TIME: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Documentary: “MOMO, The Missouri Monster”, presented by Small Town Monsters


A new “docu-drama” from indie film production company, Small Town Monsters, seeks to tell the true, and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster. The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of “Star Hill” near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was seen by terrified citizens for weeks. The case gained national media attention during the 70’s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director, Seth Breedlove, is told in narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear under the guise of a lost b-movie from the 70s. The horror film depicts the widely believed details of the MOMO story (said to have been inspired by Breedlove’s love of grindhouse movies and old “creature features”) and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual people who lived through the events. The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).


ADMISSION: $7, general admission. Tickets also available at the door.
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 22 minutes

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