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quietearth [Film Festival 10.26.09] movie news

The only big film festival in my own backyard is back and it runs from November 12th through the 22nd. While it caters more to heavy run fest material and arthouse film, they do have some of the more interesting films playing this year:

Ryan Ward's excellent Son of the Sunshine which is one of my favorite films of the year. (review)
The weird, lengthy comedy The Revenant (review)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

and much more. Program after the break!


Children of Invention
Two first-generation Chinese kids in suburban Boston find themselves on their own after their desperate mother is unwittingly involved in a pyramid scheme and arrested. Older brother Raymond takes a page from her marketing seminars to start creating a life for himself and his sister - casting a strange, pint-sized reflection on the American Dream.

A young woman awakens on Hollywood's Walk of Fame with no idea how she got there, why she's there - or even who she is. She must rely on the help of a mysterious stranger to discover and deal with the danger she's in over the course of this metadramatic exploration of the power of personal narrative.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
A surprising hybrid of the Hollywood musical and black-and-white cinema verité, this indie romance is part meditation on the loss of love and part high-spirited, original song-and-dance act.

Son of the Sunshine
Sonny, an angry young man afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, finds that it's precisely his debilitating disease that may prove the cure for his whole family's afflictions. Actor Ryan Ward directs himself against a gritty Ontario backdrop.

St. Nick
A young brother and sister flee mysteriously through the fields of rural Texas, taking refuge wherever they can find it. Finally settling, as winter arrives, in an abandoned country home, they know they will have to move on eventually in this unsettling drama at the intersection of vulnerability and resilience, freedom and oppression.

The Vicious Kind
Embittered by a recent breakup, construction worker Caleb gives himself over to misogynistic impulses and diatribes, warning his younger brother Peter off duplicitous women. But when he meets Peter's new girlfriend, he faces the dangerous irony that he may become an agent of betrayal himself.

The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award
Established in 1989, the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award is presented to a feature-length fiction film that reflects the artistic sensibilities of the late Polish director. This distinguished award was established under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and in collaboration with the widow of the late director. Presented by Screen International, the finalists for the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award are:

Applause (Denmark)
In this Cassavetes-esque Danish drama, Dogme 95 darling Paprika Steen stars as Thea, a fiercely charismatic, alcoholic actress determined to turn her life around so she can reconnect with the two sons she lost custody of in her divorce.

The Last Conversation (The Netherlands)
For this stark, experimental drama, Noud Heerkens trained 25 digital video cameras simultaneously on the troubled face of his lone character, a successful lawyer named Anna (Johanna ter Steege) who drives through the Dutch countryside while running the gamut of emotions on the phone with the married lover who has recently jilted her.

The Other Bank (Georgia)
A 12-year-old refugee of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict, unhappy that his mother has taken a lover, embarks on a dangerous odyssey in an attempt to find his father, crossing landscapes of unexpected beauty - and encountering scenes of lawless brutality - as he goes.

Protector (Czech Republic)
A Czech couple finds itself on opposite sides of World War II: while Nazis persecute Hana, a once-successful Jewish actress, her husband Emil, a journalist, becomes the radio voice of German propaganda. But that's not the only twist of fate that threatens to tear them apart in this dark period drama.

A Room and a Half (Russia)
Sixty-nine-year-old animator Andrey Khrzhanovsky's charmingly nostalgic, semi-fictional feature debut combines documentary footage, still photography, animation, classical music and poetry to depict the imaginary journey that Nobel Prize-winning, Russian exile, Joseph Brodksy takes back to St. Petersburg to relive his youth.

Sweet Rush (Poland)
From the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Katyn, SDFF 31) comes a complex, metafictional work of the heart that is, at once, a meditation on the magnetism between youth and experience, an homage to a longtime friendship, and an act of remembrance for a departed colleague.

The Maysles Brothers Award for the Best Documentary
Honored annually by Albert Maysles, this award recognizes a feature-length, non-fiction film without U.S. distribution. This year's winning film will represent the truth and purity of documentary filmmaking as established by the Maysles Brothers. The recipient of this award will also receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Denver Film Society. The finalists for this award include the following:

The deejay at Sidney, Ohio, radio station WMVR says it all: life in zip code 45365 is "simply the way it should be." Through this intimate cinematic conversation with their hometown, fraternal documentarians Bill and Turner Ross capture the nuances of rural America, comic and tragic - from square dancing to dope dealing to piglet racing.

American Faust
In his scathing documentary portrait of Condoleezza Rice, British filmmaker Sebastian Doggart charges the former Secretary of State (and University of Denver alumna) with ruthless opportunism, incompetence, the authorization of torture, and lying - especially about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda.

Big River Man
This startling documentary follows Martin Strel - an aging, hard-drinking, bigger-than-life extreme swimmer from Slovenia - as he makes a 66-day journey through crocodile- and piranha-infested waters, enduring infections and risking death, in an attempt to become the first human being ever to swim the length of the Amazon River.

The Good Soldier
In a documentary that is as difficult to watch as it is to turn away from, five veterans of four different wars reveal with stunning honesty their part in the mundane brutality of combat, as they did the job they were trained for: killing people.

My Neighbor My Killer
Documentarian Anne Aghion captures the struggle for forgiveness in a remote Rwandan village where Tutsis and Hutus engage in the excruciating process of reconciliation following the slaughter of more than half a million in the 1994 genocide.

October Country
This quietly haunting documentary follows working-class American family the Moshers over the course of one year as they deal with the ills of rural poverty, postwar trauma, teenage pregnancy, and abuse-and reveal a steadfast determination to shoulder the burden of it all.

Starz People's Choice Award
Festival patrons are able to vote for their favorite film, selected from the following categories: narrative feature-length fiction, documentary, and short subject. The winner of the People's Choice Award for Short Film will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


Excellence in Acting Award: Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy and Tony award-winning actor who has appeared in many roles on stage and screen. His career highlights include roles as the informant in All the President's Men, a shady businessman in The Firm, a surrogate grandfather to a wayward young man in Into the Wild, and most recently, a loving father worried about revealing his homosexuality to his teenage son in That Certain Summer. At age 82, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for his role in Into the Wild, making him the oldest performer to ever receive such recognition.

Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award: Gianni Di Gregorio
The Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker Award, funded through an endowment from the Anna & John J. Sie Foundation and named after Ann Sie's parents, recognizes emerging Italian filmmakers. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italian director, actor and screenwriter is the recipient of the second annual Maria & Tommaso Maglione Italian Filmmaker award for the directorial debut of his first, full-length feature, Mid-August Lunch.

Mayor's Career Achievement Award for Acting: Ed Harris
The noted actor/director Ed Harris will receive the 2009 Mayor's Career Achievement Award for Acting. A four-time Academy Award nominee, Harris has starred in more than 50 films since his career began 30 years ago. One of his most recent films, Touching Home, will screen during the 2009 SDFF.

Stan Brakhage Vision Award: Ernie Gehr
The Stan Brakhage Vision Award is presented annually to film artists whose work celebrates Brakhage's courage, boldness, uncompromising integrity and vision. This year, the award will be presented to Ernie Gehr, the renowned New York-based, experimental filmmaker known for his work as a part of the Structural film movement.

Rising Star Award: AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia Robb will be presented with the 2009 Rising Star Award during a private reception and will participate in the Women + Film panel discussion. At only 15 years old, AnnaSophia Robb has already acted in nine films - including Tim Burton's remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in which she played Violet Beauregarde. She has shared the screen with some of Hollywood's most talented stars such as Johnny Depp, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Jeff Daniels and Hayden Christensen. This born-and-bred local girl still resides in Denver, where AnnaSophia attends public high school and lives the life of a regular teen.

During the course of the 11-day celebration, the Starz Denver Film Festival highlights some of this year's best cinematic, Oscar-worthy films with Special Presentations at the King Center, including:

American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi
In his scathing documentary portrait of Condoleezza Rice, British filmmaker Sebastian Doggart charges the former Secretary of State (and University of Denver alumna) with ruthless opportunism, incompetence, the authorization of torture, and lying - especially about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda.

"An Evening with Ed Harris"
The noted actor and director, Ed Harris, will receive the 2009 Mayor's Career Achievement Award for Acting, one of the festival's most prestigious awards, following a clips program featuring highlights from his distinguished, on-screen career. Following the screening and award presentation, Robert Knott, an actor, writer and producer, will host an onstage conversation with Harris to facilitate a question and answer session with the audience.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Filmmaking legend Werner Herzog's thrilling remake of Abel Ferrara's 1992 cult favorite features Nicolas Cage as a corrupt, drug-addicted cop, Val Kilmer as his paunchy sidekick, Eva Mendes as his prostitute/girlfriend - and post-Katrina New Orleans as a city in even more trouble than Ferrara's New York.

Grab your backstage pass for Convention, which takes you on the historic, exciting, and downright complicated ride that was the 2008 Democratic National Convention right here in Denver, Colorado. SDFF favorite, AJ Schnack, (Gigantic, About a Son) directs.

Happy Tears
Jayne (Parker Posey) and Laura (Demi Moore) are about to take on the first man they just might not be able to handle: their elderly, irascible father. Returning to the house they grew up in, the sisters are forced to take a closer look at their own lives - through one another's eyes.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Delayed by the death of its star, Heath Ledger, the new phantasmagoria from Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil) parlays the legend of Faust into an elaborate morality tale. In a real-life dramatic twist, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law all stand in for Ledger at various stages of a fantastic journey.

Academy Award-winning auteur Barry Levinson sets out to explore the collision and collusion between politics and Hollywood in this engaging and powerful documentary, which gives audiences a front-row seat and backroom access to the most significant presidential campaign of the twenty-first century. Interviews with both celebrities and politicos reveal the media's influence over the democratic process.

Two Spirits
From the local producers of Iron Ladies of Liberia and They Killed Sister Dorothy comes this documentary by Lydia Nibley, who examines the murder of a transgendered teenager in Cortez, Colorado, in the light of the Native American tradition of honoring those who embody both the masculine and feminine.

Youth in Revolt
Based on the acclaimed novel by C. D. Payne, this coming-of-age comedy puts an outrageous spin on the timeless tale of rebellious young love. Michael Cera (Juno, SDFF 30; Superbad) stars as Nick Twisp, a quirky teen with a taste for the finer things in life, like Sinatra, Fellini - and the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni.


The 400 Blows (Le quatre cents coups)
Überauteur FrançoisTruffaut's profoundly affecting debut feature is a frankly autobiographical drama about growing up absurd in 1950s Paris, where feisty Antoine Doinel channels his adolescent discontent into acts of rebellion that ultimately cost him what little freedom he enjoys. Variety film critic Joe Leydon pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of this Nouvelle Vague classic.

A special presentation of The 400 Blows (Le quatre cents coups) will be sponsored by the Los Angeles Film and TV Office and the French Embassy.

SDFF32 is proud to partner with the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation of Colorado (ASIFA-Colorado) for Animation Station, a series of workshops and competitions open to the public. There is also an Animation Shorts Package, Close Encounters of the Animated Kind, as a part of the festival that will screen on Friday, Nov. 20 at 9:45 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Animation Workshop
Budding animators are invited to show up with a willingness to explore and broaden the scope of their own creativity as they help create a short film using traditional animation techniques. The Animation Workshop will take place Sunday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for ages 6 to 11 and 1 to 4 p.m. for those 12 years and above at the Tivoli Center on the Auraria Campus in Room 444.

Animation Competition
Using any animation technique available, teams will have six hours to create their own film in this year's competition. SDFF will announce the theme at the competition and entries will be judged by the ASIFA-Colorado board. Participating teams will have access to basic animation materials as well as cameras for capturing images, and may bring their own materials to use for the competition. The competition is $30 for entry per team, and will be held at the Tivoli Center on the Auraria Campus Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 444. A prize of $600 for best overall entry as well as other prizes will be offered.

ASIFA-Colorado will also award $500 to the Best Animated Short film in the SDFF32 program.

SDFF 32 includes four shorts programs:

Inner Stories - Hidden Lives
Films included: Ink, Curiosity of Penny Parker, Lowland Fell, Miracle Fish, Pockets, Steel Homes, Skhizein and Enter the Sandbox

It Takes Two to Tangle
Films included: A Mate, Slap, Sunshower, Terminated, Thompson, True Beauty This Night and Wunderkammer.

Navigating the World
Films included: Because There are Things You Never Forget, Bicycle, The Big 1-0, Dirty Girl and Why Sabreen?

Short But True
Films included: 575 Castro St., The Archive, Christmas with Dad, A Film from My Parish - 6 Farms, Four Questions for a Rabbi, More from Life, Patience of the Memory and The Solitary Life of Cranes.


Making a Difference: Myanmar, Nepal, and Swaziland
Films included: 12 Stones, Crossing Midnight and Likhaya

Winners and Losers
Films included: Aiming High, Beneath This Smile, Fledgling, Kalamity Kate, La Luz Del Perdón, The Predator, Souvenir, The Unrecoverable Loss of Eugene and Quillions.


First Look Student Film Festival
In 2006, The Denver Post called the First Look Student Film Section "arguably the best niche film festival in Denver" for its efforts to introduce Rocky Mountain audiences to the great filmmakers of the future by showcasing their early works. First Look has since been integrated into the Starz Denver Film Festival, and this year it will feature three film packages:

Destination Unknown
Films included: Danzak, Little Canyon, Looking Back, Psycho Hillybilly Massacre and Songs from the Tundra.

Philosophical Differences
Films included: Adelaide, A Day in the Life of Oakland, Gaining Ground and StereoLife.

Poetic Justice
Films included: After the Storm, Arranged: The Musical, Cuts, Operation Falcon and Sinkhole

Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award
In 2008, SDFF created the Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award to a deserving filmmaker. After receiving a B.A. in communications from Morehouse College, Spike Lee enrolled in the graduate film program at New York University. By the time he received his degree, he had won a Student Academy Award. Spike Lee is an enduring figure of inspiration to film students and filmmakers alike. Films in this year's competition include:

The life of 10-year-old Nina changes dramatically when her father - also known as Master Dancer - asks her to fulfill his last wish.

Gaining Ground (Land gewinnen)
A young couple illegally residing in Germany is always on the run from the immigration authorities - until the well-being of their young son dictates that they find a better way to get by.

A salesman approaches a mysterious landowner with an offer to buy the man's smoldering, abandoned coalmines - but finds that there is more at stake than meets the eye.

Songs From the Tundra
A lyric journey across the Kamchatka Peninsula - Russia's most remote frontier - and into the awkwardly modern world of the Even people.

Young Filmmakers Workshop
Each summer the Denver Film Society provides a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to immerse themselves in the world of moviemaking. Over the course of two weeks, participants not only learn how to watch and interpret film, but also how to plan, write, shoot and edit their own short works. The shorts in this 38-minute package were made the summer of 2009 workshop:

Young Filmmakers Workshop Screening
Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:15 p.m.
FREE SCREENING (tickets required and available an hour before show time.
Films included: Lights, Camera, Failure!; Sucks to Be You; Have you Scene?; Blood is the Almighty Sin; Unshelved and Escape.


Women + Film Panel - Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
This panel not only celebrates the art and achievements of women filmmakers around the world but also brings together a community of scholars, civil and human rights advocates, community leaders and concerned members of the public to shine a spotlight on women's and social justice issues through dialogues, panel discussions, workshops and of course, screenings.

It's a Documentary, But Can You Trust It? - Sunday, Nov. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
This panel of documentary filmmakers will discus how they build stories and create drama while remaining true to the facts. Denver-native Robert Denerstein will moderate as questions of style and substance are examined, considering different approaches to the art of the documentary - from the role of research to the use of staged footage.

Environment in Focus Panel - Monday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
SDFF will present a discussion with filmmakers and business leaders examining whether or not environmental responsibility can translate into good business sense. Can small, but responsible companies make a difference? Directors from the films So Right, So Smart and Split Estate, as well as local and national corporate leaders, will discuss these questions.

Indie-Film Roulette - Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Want some insight into some of the ugly truths about the indie biz? We've devised a way for you to see how filmmakers think. All of the panelists will be given a problem and asked to tell us how they'd approach it. The audience will then vote on which panelist should get to make his or her film.

Money & Movies: Avoiding Pitfalls When Making Your Magic - Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
NYU adjunct associate professor Reed Martin will discuss some of the methods and techniques for sidestepping major pitfalls of filmmaking. Included among the tips in this panel: how to discern what the future holds, how to raise capital and how to deal with screenplay theft.

Who Has the Write Stuff? - Saturday, Nov. 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Gallery 30 at Starz FilmCenter
Screenplays are seen by many as gateways to a creatively satisfying career in movies. Taking a cue from Peter Hanson's documentary Tales from the Script, our panelists will examine their calling and talk about potential gaps between the script and screen.

SDFF hosts Women + Film to celebrate the art and cinematic contributions of women filmmakers from around the world. The films featured in the Women + Film program include:

After the Rape
This documentary follows Mukhtaran Mai, a Pakistani woman who was gang raped by order of a tribal council to avenge a perceived infraction by her twelve-year-old brother. Expected to commit suicide, she instead defied custom and took her case to court, ultimately becoming a worldwide symbol of the fight for human rights.

My Neighbor My Killer
Documentarian Anne Aghion captures the struggle for forgiveness in a remote Rwandan village where Tutsis and Hutus engage in the excruciating process of reconciliation following the slaughter of more than half a million in the 1994 genocide.

One for the Road
Three well-heeled young men looking for action in Mexico City and find it when they cross the boundaries that divide them from the city's working classes to discover an entirely new world. Director Eva López-Sánchez based her drama on the real-life experiences of her coauthor, Alfredo Mier y Terán.

Precious:Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Already receiving Oscar buzz, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire is the story of a morbidly obese 16-year-old girl, pregnant by her father and horribly abused by her mother, who finds a glimmer of hope in the love of a teacher trying to inspire her and shepherd her toward a new life.

Quest for Honor
In her filmmaking debut, photographer Mary Ann Smothers Bruni documents the still prevalent practice of honor killings in Kurdistan, tracking the investigation of several cases by a small number of women's rights advocates on the ground in an attempt to bring this horrific practice to light.

Sin by Silence
For her candid documentary, Olivia Klaus spent seven years following Brenda Clubin, founder of Convicted Women Against Abuse, and the fellow inmates to whom she is a hero, helping them break the silence about domestic violence.

Two Spirits
From the local producers of Iron Ladies of Liberia and They Killed Sister Dorothy comes this documentary by Lydia Nibley, who examines the murder of a transgendered teenager in Cortez, Colorado, in the light of the Native American tradition of honoring those who embody both the masculine and feminine.

When the Mountains Tremble
This acclaimed, remastered 1983 documentary follows Rigoberta Menchú, a Quiché Mayan who became a Nobel laureate for her courageous stance against the Guatemalan military forces and death squads at whose hands her father and two brothers died.

The Mexican film industry is experiencing a period of flowering artistic growth and has clearly established itself as the cinematic leader of the Spanish-speaking world. The diversity of themes in some of the most recent and influential films of Mexico include women's issues, alternative lifestyles, gender consciousness, individual empowerment, and political struggle in contemporary society. The following films will be presented as a part of the panel:

Caja Negra (Black Box)
In this psychological thriller, a secret organization plots to kill a political candidate - using a dying man as its unwilling assassin. Black Box introduces us to the conspirators via complex, fast-paced animation - but slows midway to a methodical cat-and-mouse game played by captor and captive in alternating roles.

Cruzando (Crossing)
When hapless Manuel, a janitor at a Mexican strip club, hears that his father is about to be executed in Texas, he embarks on a picaresque trek for the border with his pal Diego in a quirky road movie that is by turns comedy and tragedy.

Corazón del Tiempo (Heart of Time)
In this political narrative styled as a documentary, a young woman in the volatile Mexican state of Chiapas brings the threat of chaos to her community when she breaks her engagement with a local boy in order to pursue her love for a Zapatista rebel.

Norteado (Northless)
In Oaxacan-born director Rigoberto Perezcano's first feature, Andrés, a young farmer from the south of Mexico, has made several attempts to cross the border into the United States - all dashed by the danger of the desert. On the verge of giving up, he decides to try one last brilliant if surrealistic plan.

La Ultima y Nos Vamos (One for the Road)
Three well-heeled young men looking for action in Mexico City and find it when they cross the boundaries that divide them from the city's working classes to discover an entirely new world. Director Eva López-Sánchez based her drama on the real-life experiences of her coauthor, Alfredo Mier y Terán.

Rabioso Sol, Rabioso Cielo (Raging Sun, Raging Sky)
In the experimental filmmaker Julián Hernández's mystical celebration of sexual desire, two young lovers are torn apart by circumstance and seek divine guidance to help bring them back together. On the brink of reunion, tragedy strikes again, but their passion is so pure that the gods immortalize them in myth.

El Arból (The Tree)
Santiago, a Madrileño bartender, is trying to come to terms with the deteriorating circumstances of his life. Thrown out by his wife, barred from seeing his children, and fired from his job, he walks the streets searching for salvation - which he might just find on a high bridge in the middle of the city.

Environmental advocacy is a powerful cultural thematic and a core focus of the 2009 Starz Denver Film Festival. Many efforts will be made during the festival to cut back the environmental impact of a large-scale event, such as the festival souvenir program will be online to save paper and festival patrons can reduce waste by recycling and reusing their Festival guides, rather than disposing of them. Programming will feature cutting-edge documentaries with the power to inspire audiences and empower them in ways that can make a difference in the interactions and impact we have on the natural world. The Environment in Focus program will feature the following films:

So Right So Smart
Business bigwigs and ecoactivists alike share the passion of Ray Anderson, CEO of carpet manufacturer Interface, Inc., for examining his change of heart about environmental stewardship and his subsequent work to dispel the myth that profit and sustainability are mutually exclusive.

Split Estate
The new drilling boom in the western United States has been accompanied by a blow to civil liberties, Colorado-born documentarian Debra Anderson shows, as homeowners find themselves battling energy companies who have the mineral rights to their land and are often drilling literally in their backyards.

Garbage Dreams
For nearly as long as anyone can remember, the Zaballeen, a Coptic Christian community, have served as Cairo's garbage collectors. Though their living conditions are beyond anything most Westerners can imagine and their social status almost nonexistent, this winning documentary reveals the pride they deservedly take in a job well - and sustainably - done.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Japan's age-old love affair with insects may at first seem odd to Westerners, but by the end of Jessica Oreck's entrancing documentary debut, we come to appreciate a culture that reveres all of nature in everyday life. Forty-seven dollars for a rare beetle? Why not?

Not for the squeamish, the subtle or the unimaginative, the cult treats of The Watching Hour are too deviant to be shown during prime time screenings.

Troll 2
This cult classic (and subject of Best Worst Movie, also playing at SDFF 32) tells the utterly garbled story of a family that moves to the creepy town of Nilbog, only to become vegetarian food for a clan of rabid - and badly costumed - things. Must see to believe.

When the parents of Staten Island began conjuring up the legend of Cropsey to get their children home before dark, they likely never imagined that the boogeyman would embody himself in convicted transient Andrew Rand. Was he really a murderer? Or did an urban myth help seal his fate? This documentary examines the controversy.

The Revenant
Bart, a deceased Iraq soldier, returns from the grave and enlists the help of his best friend Joey as he tries to figure out why he's come back as neither a zombie nor a vampire but something completely different. How will they solve his predicament - and how can they explain it to his girlfriend?

Global warming causes a small Canadian town to overflow with delicious truffles, and Charles has the best nose for sniffing them out. But why are the owners of a strange furriery - along with their fuzzy minions - so interested in him and his schnozz?

Zombies of Mass Destruction
The idyllic town of Port Gamble is already beset by gay marriage, environmentalism, Muslim immigrants and the left wing - and now it looks like everyone's becoming a zombie. When the bloody dust settles, who will remain - and who will be pro-health care?

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Peter Dow (12 years ago) Reply

"American Faust
In his scathing documentary portrait of Condoleezza Rice, British filmmaker Sebastian Doggart charges the former Secretary of State (and University of Denver alumna) with ruthless opportunism, incompetence, the authorization of torture, and lying - especially about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda."


"ruthless opportunism" The difference between Rice and Doggart is not between ruthless and ruthful but between Rice's smart, problem-solving ruth and Doggart's hand-wringing, do-nothing ruth.

"Incompetence" - No incompetence would be leaving Iraq and Afghanistan as enemy bases - Doggart-style incompetence.

Rice did not authorize torture - she was only National Security Advisor in the first Bush term and had no authority under the US constitution to authorize anything. Only legal acts COULD EVER be authorized and so if the President's attempted authorization of water-boarding was illegal it was up to the legal advisors to quash the president's go ahead to the CIA. Later on Rice argued against such interrogation methods in alliance with Senator McCain and turned the Bush administration policy around. We have Condi to thank for ending water-boarding.

No "lying" would be making false charges against Rice. Inaccuracies in CIA reports are hardly Rice's fault. Rice correctly identified Saddam and Al Qaeda as dangerous enemies who had to be stopped that was far closer to the truth than Doggarts' film will get.

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