Popcorn & Chat
About Popcorn & Chat
In the Popcorn & Chat events, attendees watch a social-issue-focused movie and engage in facilitator-led discussion. The popcorn & Chat program allows attendees to learn about important social issues through movie nights and followed discussions. All our events are geared towards entertainment, education, and analysis with a growth mindset. The social issues are based on topics such as avoiding food waste, productive discourse, LGBTQ+ pride, and small businesses. Similar to our other programs, Popcorn & Chat combines an entertaining activity with important social issues in the events.
Click here to suggest any social issue topics that you’d be interested to see!
What to expect at Popcorn & Chat events?
Think Bookclub, but with Movies!
Similar to a book club where you read and discuss the topics related to the book as a group, in our events, we live-stream a movie related to a specific social issue and discuss it as a group!
You will be able to interact with other attendees through live chat throughout the movie. Our movies are all PG-13 or less, and we keep our genre options pretty broad! Our facilitator-led discussions are done on Zoom after the movie. Some discussions may have zoom breakout room to allow more interactive discussions.
All of our Popcorn & Chat events are virtual and FREE to attend!
IYC invites speakers to various events. Click here to see some of our favorite quotes from our special guests.
“Everything I learned I learned from the movies”
“Movies have heart. Have mind. Have power. Have ambition”
“It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem real when you watch them on a
Discussion Points from Program Attendees
"What they were showcasing in this documentary is what can you do on an individual level and that’s what I’ve been working through myself."
"I was infuriated by how much food is wasted at the farm and the supermarket. And it’s just like they showed us like “so what?” And I’m thinking about all the people that are hungry out here you know that could use that food or we could send it overseas where somebody needs that food. it’s disgraceful!"
"I recently found out that if you put strawberries unwashed in a mason jar with a paper towel in the bottom to absorb the moisture, put the lid on it, and put it in the fridge, it preserves those strawberries for the longest time. and I tried it twice already and I’m stunned!"
Popcorn & Chat FAQ
What is Popcorn & Chat?
Popcorn and Chat program hosts movie nights and post-movie discussions related to specific social issues.
Who can attend the Popcorn & Chat events?
All our events are open to everyone of all ages.
Are the movies kids-friendly?
Yes! All our movies are kid-friendly.
How do I sign up for Popcorn & Chat event?
You can sign up on our site or on Eventbrite.
When and where are the Popcorn & Chat events located?
All events are virtual. Our events are on Thursdays from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm EST.
What do I need to do to attend the event?
All you need is to sign up on Eventbrite or our site and you will receive instructions and links for the event!
How much do the events cost?
All Inform Your Community events including Popcorn & Chat events are free to attend.
What kind of movies do Popcorn & Chat stream?
The movies are relevant to specific social issues. We keep our genres pretty broad when doing our research. They are all kid-friendly though parents are advised to check parent guides on their own to determine whether to allow their children to attend.
Are Popcorn & Chat events virtual or in-person?
Popcorn & Chat events are virtual.
What do Popcorn & Chat events entail?
Attendees get to watch a live-streamed movie virtually based on a specific social issue. The movie and the issue are discussed on Zoom after.
Where does the post-movie discussion take place?
The discussion takes place on Zoom. The link to Zoom is shared in the live-stream chat box.
Can I suggest event topics and social issues?
Yes! We are open to suggestions. Click here to fill out our interest survey.
How can I learn more about other event topics and social issues?
Visit our Get Informed page to learn about other social issues we have discussed at our events.
How do I support Inform Your Community?
Your support is invaluable to us! Click here to learn more about how to support us and donate.
How do I find out more about Inform Your Community?
For additional FAQ questions about Inform Your Community click here.
Jenny Rustemeyer is the producer and a writer for the documentary film "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story."
"Something that we filmed that we didn’t put in the film was cauliflower - a field of cauliflower, huge heads of cauliflower, like so big that he said they’re actually too big for the marker and they were plowed."