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OIL CITY, PA, 1/22/10—The Clarion University-Venango Campus 2010 Independent Film Series is free and open to the public.  The series will feature films from independent filmmakers from Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, and the United States.  All films will be shown in the Robert W. Rhoades Center Auditorium. For questions regarding the series or any of the films, please contact Emily Aubele at 676-6591, ext. 1269.

            All films will be shown on SATURDAYS at 7:00PM

January 30                        Sunshine Cleaning                                               Rated R

Rose Lorkowski leaves her cheerleading days behind and is now a single mom working as a cleaning lady. Rose finds her best chance at quick financial success and getting her troubled son into private school in the lucrative field of crime-scene clean up.


February 6                        Precious                                                                        Rated R      

 Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Clareece "Precious" Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father. Precious may sometimes be down but she is never out. She finds her answer when she is asked to join a special school that will lead her from darkness to light.       


February 13                        Paper Heart                                                          Rated PG-13          

Charlyne embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand, love. She meets a boy after her own heart and he becomes the object of her affection. Weaving together reality and fantasy, the film combines elements of documentary and traditional storytelling to bring a fresh perspective to the modern romance.


February 20                        Treeless Mountain                                              Not Rated          

What is the nature of childhood resilience? Sisters Jin and Bin, ages 6 and 3, live with their mother. Jin likes school and does well. One day, their mother leaves the girls with their father's sister, a woman they do not know, to seek reconciliation with their father. The girls scrub and clean for their aunt, a tippler who's often cranky and complaining. The girls earn a few coins for their work but they miss their mother and wait every day for her return. In Korean with English Subtitles


February 27                        The Drummer                                                            Not Rated

Sid (played by Jackie Chan's son Jaycee), the rebellious son of a controlling and savage crime boss in Hong Kong, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father's adversary, a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the mountains, Sid discovers a group of Zen drummers whose mesmerizing art, rigorous physical training, and austere way of life pique his interest, and he requests to join them. Immersed in the world of the Zen drumming, Sid morphs into a firm and focused young man. His independence from the crime life and his father is profoundly challenged, however, when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong and forces him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself.


March 20                        Fraulein                                                            Not Rated

Ruža left Belgrade more than 25 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Mila, a waitress there, is a good-humored Croatian woman who also emigrated decades ago, but, unlike Ruža, she dreams of returning to a house on the Croatian coast. Both of them receive a jolt when Ana, a young, itinerant woman who has fled Sarajevo, breezes into the cafeteria looking for work. Ruža hires her but is annoyed by Ana's impulsive and spirited efforts to inject life into the cafeteria. Gradually the acrimony will dissipate, as Ana, who hides a tragic secret under her passionate spirit, begins to thaw Ruža's chill, and their relationship will change both women in ways they never anticipated.


March 27                        Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity                        PG-13

In Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity, twelve-year old Mindy Ho (Valerie Tian) tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's (Sandra Oh) financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.  Mindy's misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery.  The guard, the butcher and her mother's stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy's attempts at magic intervention.  Set in the Chinese Canadian community, this is a story of hope and the importance of keeping faith in this sometimes difficult world.


April 3                                    The Forest for the Trees                                                Not Rated

Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city. Desperate to fulfill her hopes, Melanie intends to do everything the right way. Politely she introduces herself to her neighbors with homemade schnapps. At her first day of school she gives a very ambitious speech for her colleagues. She wants to be a "fresh breeze" to the school, but it is not easy to start a new life, as Melanie copes with loneliness, established teachers and ninth grade students.


April 10                                    Falling Angels                                                                        Not Rated

Canadian filmmaker Scott Smith directs the black comedy Falling Angels, based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy and adapted for the screen by poet and author Esta Spalding. Set in the late '60s and filmed on-location in Saskatchewan, this dark family drama focuses on the three teenaged daughters of the Field household. Callum Keith Rennie plays Jim Field, the loud-mouthed, domineering patriarch who has intimidated his wife Mary (Miranda Richardson) into a catatonic state of alcoholism and depression. Norma (Monté Gagné) is the oldest, most responsible daughter; she is overburdened and preoccupied by events from the past. Middle child Lou (Katharine Isabelle) chooses the rebellious path in order to escape her father's unreasonable demands. Youngest daughter Sandy (Kristin Adams) aspires to maximum femininity, engaging in an affair with an older, married man (Mark McKinney) in the process.


April 17                                    A Single Man                                                                             Rated R   

Set in Los Angeles on November 30, 1962, a month after the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a middle-aged British college professor who has struggled to find meaning in his life since the sudden death eight months earlier of his longtime partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). Throughout the single day depicted in the film, George dwells on his past and his seemingly empty future as he prepares for his planned suicide that evening. Before meeting his close friend Charley (Julianne Moore) for dinner, he has unexpected encounters with a Spanish prostitute (Jon Kortajarena) and a young student (Nicholas Hoult) who has become fixated on George as a kindred spirit.


            Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.   The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed.  Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses.  The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences.  Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

1/27/2010 10:25 AM

Clarion University–Venango Campus announces spring Independent Film Series