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Documentary

Miss Representation

Directed by: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, USA, 89 minutes, Rating: TN

Filled with interviews with journalists, scholars and politicians including Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem and Condoleeza Rice, this revealing documentary addresses the harsh reality of the representation of women in modern society. Miss Representation studies the norms forming the message that a woman’s value lies in her youth, beauty and sexuality.

Note: The 4/17 screening showtime is actually 12:45, not 12:30 as it appears in the schedule grid

Mr. Happy Man

Directed by: Matt Morris,
USA/Bermuda
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11 minutes, Rating: TN

For the last three decades, Bermuda's most beloved resident, Johnny Barnes, has dedicated his life to making the world a happier place in his own unique way.

Mr. Hypnotism

Directed by: Bradley Beesley, USA, 14 minutes, Rating: MT

Mr. Hypnotism chronicles the bizarre riches to rags story of legendary stage hypnotist Dr. Dante. He was once married to Lana Turner, and is considered -- by some -- to have been one of the most notorious con-men of the 20th century.

Nénette

Directed by: Nicolas Philibert, France, 70 minutes, Rating: TN

Rapt observation of Nénette, a 40-year-old orangutan who’s resided at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris since 1972, has the uncanny knack for eliciting astonishing bits of philosophy and whimsy from her human visitors.  The film is the latest effort from Nicolas Philibert, whose 2002 film To Be and To Have is also featured in our Contemporary French Masters Spotlight.

Patty - This Is My Normal

Directed by: Martin Tucker, USA, 22 minutes, Rating: MT

In this first person account, Patty talks about her life as a hobo, where her only possessions are an 80-pound backpack, a guitar and her dog Ashes.  Patty waxes philosophical about the life she’s come to know and love, addressing everything from religion and politics to personal safety, relationships and even her choice of trains in the process.

Seltzer Works

Directed by: Jessica Edwards, USA, 7 minutes, Rating: TN

The siphon machines at Gomberg Seltzer Works don’t turn like they used to. Nevertheless, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket-seltzer takeover and honors this cherished drink’s place in history.

Space Tourists

Directed by: Christian Frei, Switzerland, 98 minutes, Rating: TN

In Space Tourists, director Christian Frei examines an age-old dream of man: the desire to leave our planet as a “normal person” and travel into outer space.  For 20 million dollars, the American Anousheh Ansari was able to fulfil this childhood dream, and this remarkable documentary follows her journey into space and shows everyday life as it is on the International Space Station.

Surpriseville

Directed by: Tim Travers Hawkins, Scotland, 10 minutes, Rating: TN

The film explores 21st century suburbia in the city of Suprise, Arizona, a man-made oasis, a master-planned community where residents go to great lengths to ensure life is as safe as possible.

The Day Carl Sandburg Died

Directed by: Paul Bonesteel, USA, 82 minutes, Rating: TN

Equal parts poet, troubadour, journalist, historian, and philosopher, Carl Sandburg stood as one of the most towering and singular cultural figures of the 20th century.  A delightful and uplifting amalgam of archival footage, commentary, spoken word performance and songbook selections, the film is a worthy edifice to a monumental American.  World Premiere - Director to be in attendance for screenings

The Flaw

Directed by: David Sington, UK, 78 minutes, Rating: TN

Through interviews with some of the world's leading economists, including housing expert Robert Shiller, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and economic historian Louis Hyman, as well as Wall Street insiders and victims of the crash, the film presents an original and compelling account of the credit bubble and the toxic combination of forces that nearly destroyed the world economy.

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