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Ready to host your own I'm Carolyn Parker It's easy--red carpet not required! Here's a guide to getting started.


Set a date and place -- Invite as many people as you like to your home, school, community center or any location to watch I'm Carolyn Parker on your television or laptop. I'm Carolyn Parker will have its national broadcast premiere onThursday, September 20th at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Host your party the night of the premiere or during the first two weeks that the film is streaming online.

Invite your guests -- Use the Punchbowl invite template for an easy way to invite friends and family. Sign into Punchbowl for free and choose the Movie/TV theme to create your Premiere Party invitation--

Test your A/V equipment and check your local listings -- Make sure your TV or computer connection works before the big bash. And check to make sure that I'm Carolyn Parker is airing at the right time on your PBS station by entering your zip code on POV's TV Schedule Page.

Watch I'm Carolyn Parker!

Talk about the film -- Encourage your guests to share their insights and reactions. You can also give your guests a bit of context about the film (head over to the Film Description to read more about the film, and see what the filmmaker has to say).

One way to get a discussion going is to pose a general question such as:

  • If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would you ask and what would you ask him or her?
  • What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?
  • Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?

Or try a film-specific discussion question:

  • At the beginning of the film, Father Joe describes Carolyn Parker saying, "Miss Parker is a trip." How would you describe her? How do you think that people she has confronted would describe her (like the people on the panel at the town meeting)? How do we (and media outlets) use adjectives to cast someone as a role model or, alternatively, as a troublemaker?
  • Carolyn's daughter Kyrah knows that her success in school and as a college scholarship recipient is often met with surprise because she is from the Lower Ninth Ward, "Where they said that none of us would make it." How did such assumptions about life in the Lower Ninth Ward influence recovery efforts and the allocation of resources for rebuilding?
  • Carolyn Parker announces to the panel at the town hall meeting, "I didn't die with Katrina." In your view, why did she think the panelists needed to hear those words? Besides her body, what does Carolyn want to keep alive? What would successfully surviving Katrina look like?

Take pictures-- Take pictures of your party and upload them to POV's Premiere Party Flickr group

Tweet, Blog, Facebook-- We want to know who joined in, what you thought of the film and what you talked about. Blog about your party and send us a link, Tweet @POVengage to tell POV what you discussed, or Fan POV on Facebook and leave us a comment.

Take Action-- Find out more about the issues and learn how you can take action.

Tell us about your Premiere Party for a chance to receive a POV Prize Pack-- Visit the I'm Carolyn Parker Premiere Party Entry Page two weeks after the Thursday night premiere (the contest ends at 5 p.m. ET two weeks after the national broadcast premiere) to tell POV about your experience and to enter the giveaway.Make sure to leave us your email address, and you may be selected to receive a POV Party Pack!

There will be two Party Pack winners for each POV broadcast for a total of 26 winners. All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will include all of the gifts plus a Sony a77 DSLR camera and lens (Retail value: $1,999). The Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 29, 2013.