CATS to screen documentary series |

CATS to screen documentary series

I was only two days into my job as features editor when I got a call from Jeannie Wood, executive director of the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, asking to meet with me.

Those familiar with Jeannie won’t be surprised by her deft response, when most were still unaware there were any changes at the paper. Her organization, skills and attention to detail are among the best I’ve had the chance to experience and it is certainly evident in all things produced and supported by CATS, a nonprofit community theater group.

The organization chooses to only stage one production each year and make it shine, which could explain their multiple Elly Awards nominations year after year.

When the play wraps, CATS is just getting started. The organization uses the rest of the year to offer programming and education to the community about the Asian culture represented in its spring productions. This year’s highly successful run of “Miss Saigon,” for example, has CATS Cultural Enrichment Series focused on the Asian Pacific.

Beginning Tuesday, CATS will present a sequence of award-winning documentaries by the Center for Educational Telecommunications, Inc. They will show eight films in three evenings in historic chronological order about the Asian Pacific American Experience and History, according to CATS.

These programs are designed for general audiences. The films will show historical sites, artifacts, and documents interwoven with local stories and analyses of renowned scholars. The audience is welcome to stay for commentaries that follow each screening, according to CATS.

Tuesday’s screening and that of July 29 are two hours each. There is also an Aug. 26 screening that will last about one hour. The screenings are free to the community, but donations to CATS will be accepted.

All three films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Madelyn Helling Library. With Jeannie and CATS involved, these films are definitely worth a look.

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Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at or by calling 530-477-4219.

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