Pare Lorentz Film Center

Programs and Events

The Pare Lorentz Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum develops and hosts a series of special programs and events throughout the year.

For more information about upcoming programs and events, and to sign up to receive email updates, please visit the library’s events page.


Our past programs include the Pare Lorentz: The Critic Speaks Film Series

  • October 3-4, 2015 “Food & Farming Film Festival” (Read press coverage here!)
    The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
    Dirt! (2009) with post-film commentary by farmer and food activist Jean-Paul Courtens of Hudson Valley Farm Hub
    Five Short Films by Pare Lorentz Center film interns, in cooperation with Spark Media Project of Poughkeepsie, NY
    A Place at the Table (2013)
  • February 7, 2015 “Winter 2015 Documentary Film Series”
    The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
    The River (1938)
    Misa’s Fugue (2012)
    CitizenFour (2014)
  • December 7, 2014 Tora, Tora, Tora (1970) in commemoration of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • February 26, 2014 Breath of Freedom (2014) a Black History Month presentation sponsored by Catharine Street Community Center of Poughkeepsie, NY
  • February 6, 2014 Red Tails (2012) this film about the World War II African-American aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen is part of the FDR Library’s commemoration of Black History Month
  • December 7, 2013 In Harm’s Way (1965) based on the novel, a commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
  • February 16, 2013 Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
  • November 18, 2012 Patton with discussion by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes
  • August 18, 2012 “Documentary Film: Then and Now”
    The Plow That Broke the Plains
    The River
    Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
    To Be Heard with Roland Legiardi-Laura
    “Selected Shorts From the Children’s Media Project”
  • December 7, 2011 Tora, Tora, Tora
  • November 6, 2011 Soul of a People with discussion by David A. Taylor