Free To Ride: Columbus Premiere April 12th

The Fight for a Route Across the Hidden Boundaries of Privilege

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:00pm
Gateway Film Center
1550 N High Street | Columbus, OH 43201

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The Kirwan Institute’s upcoming feature-length documentary film, Free To Ride, will make its Columbus premiere as part of the Gateway Film Center’s Ohio Grown Series on April 12, 2017 at 6:00pm. Tickets are on sale through the Gateway Film Center.

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Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion exploring the issues the film addresses. After the panel, there will be a reception with the Free To Ride Director Jamaal Bell, Scriptwriter and Producer Matt Martin, and Co-producer and Editor Max Chamberlain.

Free to Ride, the compelling story of hard-working residents of Dayton, Ohio, fighting for safe, reliable transportation to employment opportunities in the nearby suburb of Beavercreek, “demonstrates why transportation equity is a critical civil and human rights issue for our nation,” said president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Wade Henderson. “For decades, metropolitan areas have been expanding outward, and jobs have been moving farther away from low-income people and people of color who disproportionately remain in urban cores. For many of these people, inadequate or unaffordable transportation is a significant barrier to employment. This inspiring narrative will undoubtedly have viewers on their feet, chanting ‘Let the People Ride.’”

Amid growing racial tension in the United States and around the globe, Free To Ride shows that peaceful change is possible and provides communities with a film they can use to build meaningful equity movements in their part of the world.

A trailer for the film, educational materials, featurettes, and more information are available at

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.