Schedule for Thursday, August 13
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"Food, Inc. is more than a terrific movie-it's an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works (or, in this case, has started not to work)." (Entertainment Weekly)
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner talks to best-selling authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemma) to lift the veil on our nation's food industry—a nexus of mechanized farms, engineered food, and unhealthy practices that's been effectively hidden from American consumers by slick public relations and slack government regulation. This eye-opening documentary explains how unfettered corporations exploited laws and subsidies to create wholesale monopolies, and explores how modern developments in food production pose grave risks to our health and environment.
Robert Kenner. 2008. 94 m. NR. US. Magnolia Pictures.5:00 PM
"An exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller, complete with bugged hotel rooms, clandestine derring-do and mysterious men in gray flannel suits.” (New York Times)
In this suspenseful eco-thriller, a crack team of divers, activists, and special effects artists—including director Louis Psihoyos, a veteran National Geographic photographer, and Richard O'Barry, a former trainer of "Flipper" who now rescues dolphins from captivity—infiltrate a secret cove in Japan to expose a shocking and unimaginable crime against nature. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope. Winner of the Audience Award (and repeat standing ovations) at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME STORY ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Louie Psihoyos. 2009. 92 m. US. Lionsgate.5:05 PM 9:20 PM
In the Loop
"A sharply written, fast-talking, almost dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft." (New York Times)
The US President and the UK Prime Minister fancy a war. But not everyone agrees that war would be a good thing. When one British official makes a passing comment to a reporter that "war is unforeseeable," it becomes a major news story that accelerates a run-up to war in the Middle East. A laugh-out-loud political satire on the diplomatic misunderstandings and behind-the-scenes power plays between the British and US governments preceding the Iraq war. The Village Voice calls it "a flying circus of backstage political damage control and deal-making."
LULU ("Animation Shorts Suite")
Armando Iannucci . 2009. 106 m. NR. UK. IFC Films.5:10 PM 7:25 PM 9:40 PM
A hidden gem of Australian cinema, Heatwave is a political (and, at the time, controversial) mystery inspired by the disappearance of a real-life Sydney journalist and anti-development activist. Judy Davis, in a criminally overlooked performance, plays a friend of the missing journalist who exposes the corruption behind an inner-city housing project with the help of its architect. Director Phillip Noyce brilliantly conjures an oppressive mood in his noir-inspired conspiracy drama.
Phillip Noyce. 1982. 91 m. R. Australia. Warner Bros.7:15 PM
The Baader Meinhof Complex
A sweeping, fast paced epic that traces the rise and fall of the notorious West German terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF), The Baader Meinhof Complex was selected as the official German submission for last year’s Academy Awards and was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe. Beginning with the RAF’s formation in the late 1960s during the German Student Movement and charting their growth over the next decade, the film is a no holds barred examination of this extreme leftist organization that, despite their violent tactics, is not always easy to pigeonhole.
Uli Edel. 2009. 150 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. Vitagraph Films.7:30 PM