FRCC Presents: Try Harder!

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April 22, 2022
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Welcome to Front Range Community College's presentation of Try Harder! This sneak peek screening will be followed by a live panel discussion on Zoom at

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Try Harder! | Pre-Show Video

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Indie Lens Pop-Up Preview | Independent Lens | PBS

The 2021-2022 Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes five new documentary films that fight for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ultimately a richer understanding of society today: Storm Lake, from filmmakers Jerry Risius and Beth Levison, is the story of Pulitzer Prize winner Art Cullen and his family who deliver the news to their Iowan farming community through their biweekly paper, The Storm Lake Times—come hell or pandemic. In Missing in Brooks County, filmmakers Jeff Bemiss, Lisa Molomot and Jacob Bricca take viewers inside Brooks County, Texas, where migrants go missing more than anywhere else in the U.S. The film follows community activist Eddie Canales, who runs the South Texas Human Rights Center, as he helps families find loved ones who disappeared after crossing the border. In a Midwestern state caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration for women, Apart by Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger, paints an intimate portrait of three unforgettable mothers—Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda— who rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Writing with Fire, from filmmakers Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, chronicles the work of India’s only all-female news network as they strive to cover the country’s inequities even as they themselves work within a male-dominated news system. Debbie Lum’s Try Harder! takes an in-depth look at a prestigious public high school with a majority Asian American student body, fiercely competitive seniors share the dream, and the stress, of getting into a top university. The students proudly own their identity as nerds and tell their stories with candor and humor despite the pressure, but how do they define their identities outside of acceptance letters? Learn more about Independent Lens: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:

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76min 25sec


  • Kalynn Amundson

    Kalynn Amundson is a professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus


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    Kathleen Strong


    Kathleen Strong is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves FRCC students through our counseling office.

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    Mara Tinajero Daza


    Mara Tinajero Daza (she/hers) serves as Graduate Student for Equity Program at FRCC’s Office of Student Life at the Larimer Campus. She is also a first year graduate student in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at Colorado State University. Mara has a passion for supporting students at the college level by providing them with access to campus resources and support services through the lens of equity, access, and community. In her free time you can find Mara drinking coffee, watching professional baseball games, or traveling!

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    Ian Her Many Horses


    Ian Her Many Horses grew up on the Rosebud Reservation and is a graduate of Todd County High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.S. Computer Science, Math Ed. Certification). He has taught Math and Computer Science in the past at Todd County HS, as well as worked for CU-Boulder as the program coordinator for the Indigenous Alliance Program, which is a STEM recruitment program for Native HS students. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in CU-Boulder's School of Education focusing on Computer Science Education.

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