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OIL CITY, PA-Clarion University-Venango Campus announces its popular Independent Film Series for fall 2010. The series is free and open to the public. This year's offerings will feature films from independent filmmakers from Vietnam, the United Kingdom, South Africa, 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 7:00 p.m.

 September 11                         Paper Clips                                         Rated G
This compelling documentary tells the story of a rural Tennessee middle school class that goes on a quest to collect six million paper clips to represent each Jewish person killed in the Holocaust.

 September 18                         Babies                                                 Rated PG
A visually stunning and joyful new film that simultaneously chronicles the lives of four of the world's newest human inhabitants-in Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo, respectively-from first breath to first steps, on a journey at once universal and amazingly original.

September 25                         The Owl and the Sparrow                  Rated PG
On the bustling streets of Saigon, three very different people, all seeking connection, are about to collide: a beautiful flight attendant looking for love, a zookeeper hiding within his animal kingdom to nurse a broken heart, and the young flower-selling runaway who brings them together. But to avoid the authorities and a strict uncle tracking her down, she will need all of her cleverness and determination if she is going to grab any chance at lasting happiness.

October 9                               Wake                                                   Rated R
When things get tough for offbeat Carys Reitman, she does what any emotionally isolated, modern girl would do: she goes to strangers' funerals. At one fateful funeral, she unexpectedly meets Tyler, a man mourning his fiancée. Despite the warnings of her undertaker, best friend Shane, and her roommate Lila, she finds herself connecting to someone for the first time. Searching for answers, Carys goes to see her estranged mother to confront her past. And as she tries to open herself to the risks of love with Tyler, she realizes she may have more to fear than just a broken heart.

October 16                             Disgrace                                              Rated R
In a landmark performance, Oscar® nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, 1993) stars as Professor David Lurie, whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, Disgrace stands out as a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope.

October 23                             Hey, Hey, it's Esther Blueburger       Rated PG-13
This hilarious coming-of-age comedy explores what it's really like to be an outsider in your own world. Esther is not like other girls: she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and break-dances at her bat-mitzvah. Her school is a daily torment of mind-numbing conformity and bell-ringing rituals. Home is a pressure cooker driven by her mother Grace's demand for perfection. But life changes when Esther meets uber-hip Sunni and her offbeat single mother Mary. Esther slips out of her oppressive all-girls private school and into a public one under the guise of a foreign exchange student. She learns that it's okay to be different and that being true to yourself is more important than fitting in.

October 30                              Winter's Bone                                      Rated R
Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell.

November 6                           Youth in Revolt                                   Rated R
Based on the wildly popular novel by C.D. Payne, this film is the hilarious and irreverent story of brainy highschooler Nick Twisp who is on a mission to lose his virginity. He sets his sights on the precocious and gorgeous Sheeni Saunders and immediately falls head over heels. His insane schemes to be with her result in him burning down half of Berkeley and becoming a wanted man in the process.

November 13                         The Kids are Alright                           Rated R
Two teenaged children get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers have built for them. Once the donor is found, the household will never be the same, as family ties are defined, re-defined and re-re-defined.

November 20                         Invictus                                                           Rated  PG-13
The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Believing he can bring his racially and economically divided country together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies his underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.


8/23/2010 12:00 AM

Clarion University–Venango Campus Announces Fall Independent Film Series