Cutting Room for September 27

  • Our friends in Colorado are facing actual flooding (donate if you can), but the only overflow here so far is from Film Streams, whose banks are spilling with cool fall/winter entertainment! First up, in honor of his new film Nebraska (a title I’m particular to), Film Streams’ repertory series running from Oct 4 to Dec 26 was curated by Alexander Payne. Payne is described as a “cinephile,” a term I don’t like because it sounds like someone who wants to do dirty stuff with celluloid, and his choices reflect that. From Walkabout to Tokyo Story, Payne’s choices include works by directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirô Ozu. Hit up filmstreams.org for specific show times so you can hit up the theater for films that hit Payne right in his inspiration parts.
  • As if bringing the Payne wasn’t enough, Film Streams is also bring two special screenings to the Ruth Sokolof Theater. On Oct 24, the theater is buddying up with The Nebraska Veteran Leader Corps to screen Lioness, about women who served in combat roles in Iraq before they were technically allowed to. I would not mess with those women. The post-screening discussion will examine the long overdue policy changes that finally treat women soldiers as simply soldiers, even if there are ongoing issues of abuse and systemic coverup. That may be a bit much to get into in a film column though, so let’s talk about the second screening. Growing Cities is a documentary about urban farming made by folks from Omaha. The three filmmakers, Dan Susman, Andrew Monbouquette and Brent Lubbert, will be on hand for a post-show discussion on Oct 29. Only serious gardening questions now: nobody ask about growing the sticky-icky-icky plant that our friends in Colorado enjoy.

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posted at 06:10 pm
on Friday, September 27th, 2013

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