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Special Screenings


Tue, Jun 4, 2013
at 7 PM

YALE UNION AND NWFC PRESENT: RED HOLLYWOOD
DIRECTOR: THOM ANDERSEN, NOËL BURCH
US, 1996

A landmark examination of the films and lives of those filmmakers, screenwriters, and other Hollywood players targeted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the early 1950s, Andersen and Burch’s film delves deep into the Hollywood archives, bringing to light those films and stories that challenged the studio system’s status quo. Through interviews with some of those blacklisted (writers Abraham Polonsky and Ring Lardner Jr. among them) as well as numerous film clips, RED HOLLYWOOD seeks to reverse Billy Wilder’s famous statement about the Hollywood Ten that “two had talent, the others were just unfriendly.” What the film does, instead, is show us the political, social, and moral effects that the artistic works of these ostracized men had on postwar American society. (118 mins.)

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Wed, Jun 12, 2013
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THE PORTLAND DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION AND NWFC PRESENT: THE HUMAN SCALE
DIRECTOR: ANDRES DALSGAARD
DENMARK, 2013

Today 50 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050 this figure is expected to increase to 80 percent. The megacity is both enchanting and scary. This rapid growth will take place as we face additional challenges of peak oil, climate change and severe health issues. THE HUMAN SCALE questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equation. How do we plan these cities in a way which takes human behavior into account? For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behaviors in the cities, focusing on Life Between Buildings, including how humans use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet and interact with each other. Using statistical methods and asking questions about how well our public spaces are performing for all users, Gehl Architects teams assisted in planning projects in cities around the world, from the slums of Bangladesh to the financial district in New York City. In a kaleidoscopic use of images and sound, THE HUMAN SCALE takes audiences to these cities as experts in urban planning share their work and observations. By portraying how humans and the built environment affect each other, the film investigates whether city planning based on the human dimensions can be an integral part of the solution to global challenges resulting from rapid growth. (83 mins.)

Join us for a post-film discussion session on Human Scale Design moderated by Dr. Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, co-founder and Director of International Making Cities Livable Conferences LLC and Child-Friendly Communities Alliance.


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Fri, Jun 14, 2013
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Fri, Jun 14, 2013
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Sat, Jun 15, 2013
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Sat, Jun 15, 2013
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Sun, Jun 16, 2013
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THE PAINTING
DIRECTOR: JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAGUIONIE
FRANCE, 2011

Inside the magical world of a painting, figures divide themselves into three castes: the realistically rendered, highly polished Alldunns, who hold court in a castle; the Halfies, who for want of a brushstroke are denied the privileges of the Alldunns; and the Sketchies, rough and ragged outlines treated as untouchables by the others. A forbidden romance between the Halfie Claire and the Alldunn Ramo leads the two, along with Claire’s friend Lola, to run away—all the way to the edge of their painting, where they hop out of the frame and into the studio of the man who created them. An inventive animated fable about art and life, appearance and perception. “Enchanting!... This consistently enjoyable, inventive, and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages...a constant feast for the eyes.”—Variety. (76 mins.)

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Fri, Jun 21, 2013
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Sat, Jun 22, 2013
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ANDRÉ GREGORY: BEFORE AND AFTER DINNER
DIRECTOR: CINDY KLEINE
US, 2013

Kleine’s affectionate documentary takes us into the world of groundbreaking director, actor, and artist André Gregory. A witty raconteur, Gregory’s decades of creative expression have earned him iconic status in the theater and arts communities and a fascinating perspective on being an artist and on the creative process. He recalls the making of MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ (1981), the Louis Malle-directed classic which he co-wrote and starred in; reflects on his pivotal role in American theater; dishes on his brief sojourn in Hollywood; and talks about the discovery that led him to question his own identity and his life’s work. As the stories and experiences shift back and forth in time, a sparkling portrait of a modern renaissance man emerges. (108 mins.)

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Fri, Jun 28, 2013
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Fri, Jun 28, 2013
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Sat, Jun 29, 2013
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LEVIATHAN
DIRECTOR: LUCIEN CASTAING-TAYLOR, VÉRÉNA PARAVEL
US/FRANCE/UK, 2012

Set in the North Atlantic, LEVIATHAN is an amazing film about men at sea and fish on boats. Creatively (to use an understatement) deploying numerous small digital cameras, the filmmakers capture the sensory experience of the labor, ecology, sound, light, and motion of one of man’s oldest activities. “The filmmakers have made the ne plus ultra of immersive documentaries. In this stunning and unparalleled masterpiece, they have discovered new forms of cinema. See, hear, and feel it for yourself. It’s a monster.”—Vancouver International Film Festival. “The result is a hallucinatory sensory experience quite unlike any other. To paraphrase Francis Ford Coppola describing his APOCALYPSE NOW, LEVIATHAN isn’t a movie about commercial fishing; it is commercial fishing.”—New York Film Festival. (87 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 5, 2013
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Sun, Jul 7, 2013
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THE SOLITUDE TRILOGY: STROMBOLI
DIRECTOR: ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
ITALY, 1950

The film where Rossellini fatefully met Ingrid Bergman, STROMBOLI—like their later VOYAGE TO ITALY—is a semi-autobiographical portrait of its star’s stranger-in-a-strange-land predicament. Bergman plays a Lithuanian war refugee who marries a fisherman on the remote Sicilian island of Stromboli in order to escape an internment camp. Moving from the environmental reality that characterized his earlier neo-realist films to a psychological realism foreshadowing Antonioni’s L’AVENTURRA (1960), Rossellini’s film contrasts the island’s desolate, volcanic landscapes with its leading lady’s emotional turmoil. The barren, sulfurous rock proves a formidable and unpredictable rival for Bergman’s ferocious will. “An intensely moving exploration of sainthood and spirituality.”—Martin Scorsese. (107 mins.)

SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE FEATURE with EUROPA '51 and VOYAGE TO ITALY

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

For the July 7 triple feature, please select the GENERAL ADMISSION (or MEMBER/STUDENT/SENIOR) DOUBLE FEATURE ticket option as well as the $3 DOUBLE FEATURE to add the third film.


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Sat, Jul 6, 2013
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Sun, Jul 7, 2013
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THE SOLITUDE TRILOGY: EUROPA '51
DIRECTOR: ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
ITALY, 1952

The second collaboration between Rossellini and Bergman chronicles the life of a wealthy American woman living in Rome who is thrown into turmoil when her young son commits suicide over what he perceived to be her lack of affection for him. The woman’s grief leads her to the realization that she has been living a shallow, bourgeois existence and propels her to change her ways. As if on a spiritual quest, she begins devoting her life to helping the less fortunate—a sick prostitute, an unwed mother with numerous children, and a young boy—all of which disturbs her husband in tragic reaction. While the film has been viewed as Rossellini’s vision of the state of the world in all its confusion, many also read it as an exploration of Ingrid Bergman’s personal struggle. (113 mins.)

SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE FEATURE with STROMBOLI and VOYAGE TO ITALY

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

For the July 7 triple feature, please select the GENERAL ADMISSION (or MEMBER/STUDENT/SENIOR) DOUBLE FEATURE ticket option as well as the $3 DOUBLE FEATURE to add the third film.

 


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Sat, Jul 6, 2013
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Sun, Jul 7, 2013
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Mon, Jul 8, 2013
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THE SOLITUDE TRILOGY: VOYAGE TO ITALY
DIRECTOR: ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
ITALY/FRANCE, 1954

A reserved British couple (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) take a break from the chaos of London and retreat to the rugged landscape of Naples, only to find that outside of the structure of their everyday lives, the tedium of their marriage begins to emerge. Under the glistening surface of its minimal plot, Rossellini’s film amasses subtle details and small moments that build towards one of postwar cinema’s most enigmatically poignant conclusions. Again, Rossellini’s use of the environment as a relevant character is a precursor to Antonioni’s bleak industrial landscapes, serving as a link between neo-realism and the subjective, psychological cinema of the 1960s. (97 mins.)

SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE FEATURE with EUROPA '51 and VOYAGE TO ITALY

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.

For the July 7 triple feature, please select the GENERAL ADMISSION (or MEMBER/STUDENT/SENIOR) DOUBLE FEATURE ticket option as well as the $3 DOUBLE FEATURE to add the third film.


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Fri, Jul 12, 2013
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Sat, Jul 13, 2013
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Sat, Jul 13, 2013
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Sun, Jul 14, 2013
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Mon, Jul 15, 2013
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MUSEUM HOURS
DIRECTOR: JEM COHEN
AUSTRIA/US, 2012

Jem Cohen’s (BENJAMIN SMOKE, CHAIN) intriguing new film drops us into the world of Johann, an amiable guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Surrounded by precious Brueghel paintings, Johann seems content. One day he meets Anne, an enigmatic Canadian woman visiting an unfamiliar city where her cousin is ill in the hospital, and the two form a bond. Johann acts as Anne’s guide to Vienna; he relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge of its art and architecture, acknowledging he is rediscovering the place himself. “How to make films that encourage viewers to make their own connections, to think strange thoughts, to be unsure of what happens next or even what kind of movie this is?”—Jem Cohen. “A charming rumination on art and observation featuring strikingly beautiful images that appear to have been captured casually and engaging, perfectly pitched performances from Bobby Sommer and Mary Margaret O’Hara as characters meeting at a crossroads in their lives.”—London Film Festival. (107 mins.)

 

The Willamette Week says: "Cohen uses the protagonists’ unusual bond to explore our intense relationship with art and its role as balm, company and incitement." READ FULL REVIEW


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Fri, Jul 19, 2013
at 7 PM

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LES BLANK TRIBUTE: GARLIC IS AS GOOD AS TEN MOTHERS
DIRECTOR: LES BLANK
US, 1980

It is hard to think of anyone who did more than the recently deceased Les Blank (1935-2013) to document American folk, food, and music cultures. Roaming regional backroads, his laid-back camera captured people with a deep appreciation of life and the commitment to celebrate it seriously. Blank’s loving garlic film is a lively salute to the “stinking rose” and its place in our lives and myths. From the Gilroy Garlic Festival to the Chez Panisse kitchen, Blank uncovers an enthusiastic entourage of garlic lovers: growers, chefs, musicians, and eaters who turn their passion and imagination into feast. (51 mins.) 

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WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE
US 1980
DIRECTOR: LES BLANK

Herzog fulfills a promise to filmmaker Errol Morris upon the completion of Morris’s first film, GATES OF HEAVEN (screening August 9). (26 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 19, 2013
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Sat, Jul 20, 2013
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LES BLANK TRIBUTE: BURDEN OF DREAMS
DIRECTOR: LES BLANK WITH MAUREEN GOSLING
US, 1982

Werner Herzog spent four years in the jungles of Peru making FITZCARRALDO, the chronicle of a mad Irish dreamer who wants to bring opera to the Amazon. Like the film’s hero, Herzog himself became a man of total obsession. Overcoming the seemingly impossible challenges of finances, location, weather, cast turnover, and wars with both native Indians and star Klaus Kinski—not to mention such well-publicized feats as trying to haul a 30-ton steamboat over a mountain—Herzog’s singular determination is revealed. Les Blank’s evocatively titled chronicle of the production of FITZCARRALDO is one of the most remarkable and absorbing studies of the creative process ever filmed—a film as enduring as its subject matter. (95 mins.

FOLLOWED BY

WERNER HERZOG EATS HIS SHOE
US, 1980
DIRECTOR: LES BLANK

Herzog fulfills a promise to filmmaker Errol Morris upon the completion of Morris’s first film, GATES OF HEAVEN (screening August 9). (26 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 26, 2013
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Sat, Jul 27, 2013
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DAISIES
DIRECTOR: VERA CHYTILOVÁ
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1966

One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two bored but brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema, world acclaim for the film earned Chytilová banishment from making another film for almost a decade. “A philosophical documentary in the form of a farce.”—Vera Chytilová. (93 mins.)

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Fri, Jul 26, 2013
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Sat, Jul 27, 2013
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CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS
DIRECTOR: JIŘÍ MENZEL
CZECHOSLOVAKIA, 1966

Menzel’s feature debut was enormously popular in Czechoslovakia and won him the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Audaciously linking sexual desire with the struggle for freedom during the German Occupation, the story follows Milos, a teenage railway trainee learning the ropes in a small train station in the country. Emulating the lessons of an older, womanizing guard, Milos is more motivated by the possibilities of love than the call of the resistance. Menzel’s touchingly beautiful coming-of-age film is at once a celebration of life’s everyday dreams and longing and a mindful meditation on the cataclysm of war. (89 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with DAISIES)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Fri, Aug 2, 2013
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Sat, Aug 3, 2013
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IN BED WITH ULYSSES
DIRECTOR: ALAN ADELSON, KATE TAVERNA
US, 2012

IN BED WITH ULYSSES details the provocative story of how James Joyce’s novel ULYSSES, widely considered among the greatest works of modern fiction, came into existence. Revisiting the toll it took on its author and his family and the shockwaves it caused around the world, the film expertly reveals the dramatic human story behind the novel’s origins. Through interviews (among them Irish novelist Edna O’Brien and National Book Award winner Colum McCann) and readings, the people, places, and characters involved in the novel’s creation—including Leopold and Molly Bloom, the latter played by New York stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (“Angels in America,” “Wit”), the filmmakers succeed in revealing how accessible and amusing the language of the novel is and how it is a work to be enjoyed by all. “The movie lets fresh air into ULYSSES like a gust from the Irish Sea.”—The New York Times. (80 mins.)

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Fri, Aug 9, 2013
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Sat, Aug 10, 2013
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GATES OF HEAVEN
DIRECTOR: ERROL MORRIS
US, 1978

Morris’s classic film follows the shifting fortunes of two Bay Area pet cemeteries. One, San Francisco’s Foothill Memorial Gardens, stems from the lifelong dream of owner Floyd McClure to give Fido the dignity of a human-style burial. But when McClure goes bankrupt, some 450 sets of remains are shipped north to the Napa Valley’s Bubbling Well Memorial Park, and Morris goes with them. In between, Morris casts his deadpan gaze on pet owners, a professional animal byproducts recycler, and other richly bizarre exponents of weird America. “Surrounded by layer upon layer of comedy, pathos, irony, and human nature. I have seen this film perhaps 30 times and am still not anywhere near the bottom of it. All I know is, it’s about a lot more than pet cemeteries.”—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times. (85 mins.)

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Fri, Aug 16, 2013
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Sat, Aug 17, 2013
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NOSTALGHIA
DIRECTOR: ANDREI TARKOVSKY
USSR, 1983

Russian master Tarkovsky’s penultimate film, shown here on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, follows Yankovskiy (Andrei Gorchakov), a poet who falls in with a Tuscan madman (Erland Josephson) while traveling through Italy and researching the life of an 18th-century Ukrainian composer who spent his final years there. Yankovskiy, increasingly isolated from those around him, becomes drawn into a complex relationship with this strange man, while at the same time experiencing deep nostalgia for his Russian homeland—much like Tarkovsky himself, exiled from the USSR during this period. NOSTALGHIA, winner of several awards at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, is a film in which “Tarkovsky evokes the textures of dreams and memories through ravishing monochrome and sepia-toned reveries and flashbacks, while conjuring the hushed and haunted tone of a trance in this late-career masterwork.”—BAMcinématek. (125 mins.)

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Fri, Aug 16, 2013
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Sat, Aug 17, 2013
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THE MIRROR
DIRECTOR: ANDREI TARKOVSKY
USSR, 1975

The most visually poetic and personal of Tarkovsky’s films, THE MIRROR has no conventional plot. Rather, the film takes the viewer on a chronological journey through the memories—real and imagined—of an unnamed narrator who lies dying of cancer. The seemingly random images create a melancholic montage of the mundane events of our lives through which we search for spirituality and truth. Employing the same actors in several different roles throughout the film and leaving many questions unanswered, Tarkovsky deflected attempts to over-explain the film, urging viewers to accept it as a simple autobiographical reflection. “I should like to ask you all not to be so demanding… It is no more than a straightforward, simple story. It doesn’t have to be made any more understandable.” (108 mins.)

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Fri, Aug 23, 2013
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Sat, Aug 24, 2013
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GREGORY CREWDSON: BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
DIRECTOR: BEN SHAPIRO
US, 2012

Gregory Crewdson’s riveting photographs are elaborately staged, elegant narratives compressed into a single, large-scale image, many of them taken at twilight. Set in small towns in western Massachusetts or in meticulously recreated interior spaces, his strange tableaus call to mind the haunting worlds of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, and Edward Hopper. Shapiro’s fascinating profile includes stories from Crewdson’s childhood (in which he tried to overhear his psychologist father’s patients), his summers in the bucolic countryside (which he now imbues with a sense of dread and foreboding), and his encounter with Diane Arbus’s work in 1972 at age 10. Novelists Rick Moody and Russell Banks and fellow photographer Laurie Simmons comment on the motivation behind their friend’s haunting images. But Crewdson remains his own best critic: “Every artist has one central story to tell. The struggle is to tell and retell that story over again—and to challenge that story. It’s the defining story of who you are.” (78 mins.)

On Friday, 8/23 Portland Art Museum's Minor White Curator of Photography Julia Dolan will give a 20-minute presentation about Crewdson, moving image art, and photography. The film will begin at 7:30

On Saturday, 8/24, Reed College's Gallery Curator Stephanie Synder will be in attendance to introduce the film.


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