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March 21 - April 23, 2002

VES Faculty Screenings


Special Event - All seats $10
March 21 (Thursday) 7 pm - Introduced by Director Hal Hartley


Directed by Hal Hartley
US 2001, 35mm, color, 90 min.
With Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Julie Christie

Hal Hartley’s latest feature—a cross, as one French critic put it, "between Beauty and the Beast and King Kong"—sets an ironic eye on the media and its pursuit of sensationalism as it explores the human condition. Canadian ingenue Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter) is cast as a guileless young reporter who is sent to Iceland by her ratings-obsessed boss (the inimitable Helen Mirren) to investigate a murderous, misanthropic monster after a television crew goes missing. Once there, however, she befriends the creature, whose all-too-human suffering can be dispelled only through a death he cannot accomplish himself. Hartley veteran Robert John Burke plays the monster and British veteran Julie Christie a mad-scientist doctor.

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April 11 (Thursday) 8 pm


Directed by Frank Capra
US 1936, 35mm, b/w, 115 min.
With Gary Cooper, George Bancroft 

Celebrated Polish animated-film director Piotr Dumala will present and discuss a survey of his acclaimed work from the past fifteen years, including the short Nervous Life of the Universe (Nerwowe zycie kosmosu, 1986); Freedom of the Leg (Wolnosc nogi, 1988); Franz Kafka (1991), Grand Prize–winner at the International Animation Festival in Zagreb; and his newest work, Crime and Punishment, a thirty-minute adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel that received the Most Innovative Design Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Introduced by Directors Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan
April 23 (Tuesday) 8:45 pm


Directed by Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan
US 1995, 16mm, color, 88 min.

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern is the tale of the Jordan family, who cling to a way of life that is fast becoming a relic. This engaging documentary, nominated for an Academy Award as best documentary, is a bittersweet reminder of how the family farm, once a pillar of American life, is slowly vanishing. Jeanne Jordan, the farmer’s daughter, and her husband, Steven Ascher, use an engaged form of observational filmmaking to tell the story of her family and to create a larger allegory about the nature of farming, big business, and the American economy.Through these loving portraits, we witness a remarkable history filled with noble examples of how to live, work, age, and love in America today.

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