First Friday Films at UUSD

The potluck is at 6:00 p.m., the film at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion.
Contacts: Karen & Wayne Lunstead, 302-231-8192
Anne Riley, 302-436-2211


January 6 — Meeting to select films for the year.

There will be a meeting on Friday, January 6 to make plans for the movies for 2017. Bring your ideas, and if you cannot attend the meeting, contact Karen or Wayne Lunstead or Anne Riley with your suggestions. Please note that all movies have to be checked to be sure that we have the right to show them under our licensing agreement.

February 3 — Selma (2014) 

The next First Friday Film on February 3 will honor Black History Month with Selma.The film, which will be sponsored by the Social & Environmental Justice Committee (S&EJ), follows the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories of the civil rights movement. A discussion after the movie will be led by Don Peterson, S&EJ Chair. The potluck starts at 6:00 p.m., the movie at 7:00 p.m. First Friday Films are open to the public. For more information, contact Don Peterson or

March 3 — Breaking through the Clouds
To commemorate Women’s History Month, we will show Breaking through the Clouds, the award-winning documentary about the first women’s national air derby. Tickets were sold out when recently shown at the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, and UUSD has special permission from the filmmaker to show this inspiring true story of twenty female pilots including Amelia Earhart, who defied convention by racing across America for nine grueling days in the summer of 1929.
The discussion following will be led by Karen Lunstead.

April 7 — Invictus
Invictus will be the First Friday Film in April and will be sponsored by the UUSD’s Leadership Development Committee. The movie tells the inspiring true story of how newly elected Nelson Mandela believed he could bring his people together through the universal language of sport. Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unite their apartheid-torn country by enlisting the team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
The discussion will be led by Kath Johnson.

May 5 — Planet Ocean

In this beautifully filmed documentary, Planet Ocean, dive into our planet's greatest mysteries with a team of international underwater cinematographers as they explore the breathtaking bond between humanity and the ocean. In the ocean we can find the answer to many of our questions about life as we know it, because it is there that life itself seems to have begun. This documentary explores the depths of this unknown, yet powerful force that may have marked the beginning of life billions of years ago. Planet Ocean is an international award-winning documentary.
The discussion after the viewing will be led by Anne Riley

June 2 – film on bullying; info to come.

July 7 — Eddie the Eagle
 Inspired by true events, this is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski jumper who never stopped believing in himself, even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sport fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

 August 4 – King of Hearts

Set in a small town in France near the end of World War I, this is a cult classic! As the German Army retreats, they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb. 
The discussion will be led by Laura Borsdorf.

September 8 (Held on Sept. 8th due to holiday weekend) - Princess Bride

A fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Directed by Rob Reiner, it’s an enchanting classic the whole family will love! 
The discussion will be led by Beth Law.

October 6 – Spotlight

This is the true story of how the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and decades-long cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. This film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2015.

November 3 – Akeelah and the Bee

This film tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, a precocious 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her mother (Angela Bassett), her schoolmates, her coach (Laurence Fishburne), and her neighbors are united as they witness the courage and inspiration of this one amazing little girl!

December 1 – Elf

A true holiday classic! Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. The adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father.  As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.