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Films & Schedules - UNITED STATES

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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DIRECTOR: Spencer Alexander - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A dumpster diver (Andy Copeland) has no difficulty holding up both ends of a conversation with his new friend in Oregon’s “Best Picture” winner of the 2011 48-Hour Film Project. (7 mins.)

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A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM

DIRECTOR: Marina Goldovskaya - UNITED STATES

In her fearless quest to uncover the wrongdoings of the Russian state, Anna Politkovskaya inspired awe in some and fear in countless others. An investigative journalist for Moscow’s liberal Novaya Gazeta, she was often the only spokesperson for victims of the Russian government. Her scalding criticism of Russia’s government-sanctioned war in Chechnya, A Dirty War, infuriated many in power. In 2006, at age 48, she was assassinated for simply doing her job. The murder remains unsolved, but for many that fact does not eliminate Vladimir Putin himself from suspicion. Drawing on unique footage of Anna’s conversations with filmmaker Marina Goldovskaya,...

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BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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BY FOOT-CANDLE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Mary Helena Clark - UNITED STATES

“Scenes from the proscenium wings. A film imagined and recounted by foot-candle light. You close your eyes and suddenly it is dark.”—Mary Helena Clark (9 mins.)

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DARLING COMPANION

Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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DARLING COMPANION

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Kasdan - UNITED STATES

In Darling Companion, Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved doctor husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after a wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, a distraught Beth enlists the help of the few remaining guests and a mysterious young woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a spiritual search for her new canine soul mate. Each member of the search party is affected by...

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DEAR PETER, GOATS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEAR PETER, GOATS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Nutt successfully documents the normal goats of Glacier National Park for his friend, the unreliable videographer Peter. (2 mins.)

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEAR PETER, YAKS

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

In this video letter to Peter, filmmaker Nutt confesses that yaks confuse him and ice should fear him. (2 mins.)

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DEVICE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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DEVICE

DIRECTOR: Lawrence Johnson - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A middle-aged man and his young female student take an awkward trip through America’s Southwest. (7 mins.)

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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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EL SICARIO, ROOM 164

DIRECTOR: Gianfranco Rosi, Charles Bowden - UNITED STATES

The lone voice and sole subject of Rosi’s harrowing film is a nameless former Mexican narco hitman (or sicario) who spent 20 years executing male kidnapping victims, raping and strangling helpless women, setting thieves on fire, and otherwise following the bloody orders of whichever esteemed drug cartel he worked for. His face obscured in a claustrophobic Juárez hotel room, he describes his “career” and the rampant corruption of the Mexican political and law enforcement establishments in matter-of-fact tones salted with machismo. All the while, he illustrates his tales with primitive drawings on a notepad and sometimes reenacts the roles of...

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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ENTERING THE ATMOSPHERE

DIRECTOR: Brian Libby - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

This catchy edit of the filmmakers’ home movies and astronomic images compares the concepts of birth and arrival. (4 mins.)

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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS

DIRECTOR: William Joyce - UNITED STATES

This lyrical love letter to books celebrates the transformative powers of storytelling. (17 mins.)

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FIRST POSITION

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FIRST POSITION

DIRECTOR: Bess Kargman - UNITED STATES

Just as Spellbound certified that spelling bees are akin to gladiatorial combat, Kargman proves that ballet is not for the faint of heart either. The film follows six ballet students, aged 9-19, as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a top competition at which the world’s leading dance companies and schools prospect for new talent. Some of the delightful youngsters featured include Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone nurtured by her American mom; Aran Bell, a boy dance wonder from a US military family; and Joan Sebastian Zamora, a Colombian youth with aspirations for a career with...

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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE FLYING HOUSE

DIRECTOR: Winsor McCay, Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A “re-imagining” of Winsor McCay’s classic 1921 short Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House, hand-colored by Plympton using reprints of Winsor’s color comics as a guide. (7.5 mins.)

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Fri, Feb 24, 2012
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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT

DIRECTOR: Jon Shenk - UNITED STATES

The Maldives—200 tiny inhabited islands and 1,200 coral reefs in the middle of the Indian Ocean—are “the height of the good life, a cross between paradise and paradise,” says Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s president. Nasheed endured years of imprisonment, torture, and exile as a result of combating an often brutal dictatorship, but he now faces a worse evil than dictators: climate change. If sea levels continue rising at present rates, the Maldives will cease to exist. Shenk captures the beauty of the Maldives and Nasheed’s charm and charisma, following Nasheed as he navigates intricate backroom diplomatic battles, trying to forge...

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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Fri, Feb 10, 2012
at 6:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)
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JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

DIRECTOR: David Gelb - UNITED STATES

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. For most of his life, Jiro has been mastering the art of making sushi,...

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LA LUNA

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
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LA LUNA

DIRECTOR: Enrico Casarosa - UNITED STATES

This Pixar-produced film tells the story of a boy who finds himself conflicted about the ways of his elders as he takes to the sea with his Papa and Grandpa. (7 mins.)

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LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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LANDSCAPE WITH DUCK

DIRECTOR: Patrick Neary - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A wayward duck tries to catch up with his companions on their migration south in this hand-drawn animated short. (4 mins.)

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LAST DAYS HERE

Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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LAST DAYS HERE

DIRECTOR: Don Argott, Demian Fenton - UNITED STATES

In the basement of his parents’ house in suburban Maryland lives Bobby Liebling, former vocalist with the 1970s cult legends Pentagram. A band once described as the street Black Sabbath, Pentagram’s heavy rock and heavy metal riffs blew audiences’ minds. But something went wrong in their career trajectory and Liebling ended up battling many years of drug addiction. New friend, fan, and manager Sean Pelletier believes he can help Bobby quit his addictions and launch Pentagram once again. A combination of the unexpectedly hilarious, tragic, poignant, and of course rocking, Last Days Here offers a fascinating portrait of the vocalist,...

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MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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MOSSGROVE/BED OF MOSS

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Hough slugs it out in the forested Northwest in this memorable diptych. (10 mins.)

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PELOTERO

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 1:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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PELOTERO

DIRECTOR: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jonathan Paley - UNITED STATES

In the build-up to the most important day of their lives, two young Dominican baseball players confront competition and corruption to achieve their Big League dreams. Baseball is a way of life in the Dominican Republic. From the streets to the stadiums, young boys dream of one day emerging from the dugout onto a Big League field. From the time they can walk, kids practice with rolled-up sock balls and broomsticks, waiting for the day they are old enough to sign. That day comes at age 16 when they try out for professional teams. Pelotero follows two of the nation’s...

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE RENTER

DIRECTOR: Jason Carpenter - UNITED STATES

On a young boy’s Lynchian visit to his grandmother’s farm he learns that caring can be shown in unexpected ways. (10 mins.)

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SALTY

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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SALTY

DIRECTOR: Malia Jensen - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Possibly hilarious, possibly erotic (depending on your sexual and comedic fetishes) art converges with behavioral science when cattle find an anatomically correct salt lick in their pasture. (13 mins.)

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SHINE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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SHINE

DIRECTOR: Jesse Blanchard - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Members of a barbershop quartet fear their moment out of the spotlight. (3 mins.)

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SMALL FRY

Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SMALL FRY

DIRECTOR: Angus MacLain - UNITED STATES

Pixar’s new installment in its “Toy Story Toons” finds Buzz hilariously getting trapped at a fast food restaurant support group for discarded Happy Meals toys from over the years. (7 mins.)

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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Wed, Feb 22, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Cinema 21)
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SOMEWHERE BETWEEN

DIRECTOR: Linda Goldstein Knowlton - UNITED STATES

Somewhere Between tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US in different kinds of families, and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China because all four had birth parents who could not keep them due to personal circumstances colliding with China’s “One Child Policy.” Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, these strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come of age in today’s America as transracial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical...

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THE STRANGE ONES

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE STRANGE ONES

DIRECTOR: Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein - UNITED STATES

A man and a boy traveling to an unknown destination find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is what it seems to be. (5 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SUMMER BUMMER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A man about to go swimming imagines what horrors are lurking deep in the waters of his backyard pool. (2 mins.)

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TIME FREAK

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TIME FREAK

DIRECTOR: Andrew Bowler - UNITED STATES

Chronology goes comically awry for a wacky inventor trying to change his life using his time machine. (10 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TMZ

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

Plympton animates a new “Weird Al” Yankovic music video. (4 mins.)

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TO BE HEARD

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TO BE HEARD

DIRECTOR: Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer, Edwin Martinez - UNITED STATES

To Be Heard is a riveting documentary that tells the story of three teens from the Bronx who use spoken word/beat poetry as a catalyst to inspire change in themselves and others. Karina, Pearl, and Anthony are in many ways your average teenagers. They call themselves “The Tripod” and they constantly support one another in their efforts to succeed, find love, and overcome life’s challenges. But they are also unique. The top talents in a poetry workshop called Power Writing, they use the power of the written and spoken word to articulate their deepest experiences. To Be Heard is the...

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TREEVERSE

Thu, Feb 23, 2012
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TREEVERSE

DIRECTOR: John Waller - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Two arborists spend five days traversing the canopy of a grove of Oregon white oaks. (15 mins.)

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TWO’S A CROWD

Sun, Feb 19, 2012
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TWO’S A CROWD

DIRECTOR: Jim Isler, Tom Isler - UNITED STATES

Quintessential New Yorkers Allen and Collette, after four years of marriage, finally decide to move in together. (19 mins.)

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UNFINISHED SPACES

Sat, Feb 11, 2012
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 26, 2012
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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UNFINISHED SPACES

DIRECTOR: Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahimas - UNITED STATES

In 1961, in the expansive first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects—Ricardo Porro, Roberto Gottardi, and Vittorio Garatti—to build the Cuban National Arts Schools—one school each for dramatic arts, modern dance, ballet, music, and sculpture—on what had been the golf course of a country club. But before construction was completed, the Revolution took a Soviet turn and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counterrevolutionary. The story has many more fascinating twists and turns as these radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and...

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WEST OF THE MOON

Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WEST OF THE MOON

DIRECTOR: Brent Bonacorso - UNITED STATES

An old man plays cards with a robot, has a grenade instead of a heart, and pines for his long-lost love. (10 mins.)

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