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Book Into Film: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil @Central

Book Into Film is a library series meeting approximately every other month, where you are invited to read the book on your own, watch the film with others at the library, and stay after the screening for a discussion of both book and film. 

This time, it's New York reporter John Berendt's nonfiction account of a murder, featuring Savannah's colorful inhabitants and architecture, which became Clint Eastwood's movie starring Kevin Spacey.  The library has print and e-book editions you can check out.  Which version tells the tale better? 

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The Pushouts @THP South

Join us for a Screening of The Pushouts which focuses on the alarming rate of high school dropouts and the critical state of public education through the story of Victor Rios. Rios was a gang member in West Oakland who was headed for a life of incarceration when he met an inspirational teacher. Now a professor at UC Santa Barbara, Rios and his mentor dedicate their lives to motivating young Mexican and African-American teens to realize their potential.  Afterward, we will have a Q&A with Directors Katie Galloway and Dawn Valadez.   

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin @Central

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

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Movie: Back to the Future 1985 / 116 min. / PG

Seventeen year old Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is always in trouble at school. His parents are not happy with him. He wonders if THEY were ever teenagers? It so happens Marty’s eccentric friend, Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), has invented a time machine from a jiggered DeLorean. The accidental adventures Marty has in the DeLorean let him see his parents as teenagers, but at the risk of changing their lives and wiping out his own existence!

 

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Movie: West Side Story 1961 / 153 min. / NR

Two street gangs, one white, the other Puerto Rican, scrabble for turf on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with tragic results. Be warned. Two gang members die. It’s the Romeo and Juliet story, after all. The film stars Natalie Wood, George Chakiris and Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno. The dancing is enough to have recommended it for Best Picture, which it won, and 10 other Oscars as well. The film was adapted from the 1957 Broadway musical drama. It is directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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Movie: Duma 2005 / 100 min. / PG

A South African boy named Xan (Alexander Michaeletos) and his father (Campbell Scott) rescue an orphaned baby cheetah, which they name Duma, the Swahili word for cheetah. Before they can release the now nearly grown cat to the wild, Xan’s father dies. Xan runs away on his dad’s motorcycle, Duma in the sidecar, to return Duma to the mountains where he was born. On their risky journey they meet a suspicious man. Will he help? Directed by the brilliant Carroll Ballard, who also helmed Never Cry Wolf, The Black Stallion and Fly Away Home.

 

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Movie: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 / 129 min. / NR

In this piece of Frank Capra Americana, a governor appoints idealist Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), founder of the Boy Rangers, to a vacant US Senate seat. When Smith writes a bill to create a National Boys’ Camp, corrupt senators try to discredit him because they want the land Smith has chosen for a lucrative dam project. A Senate staffer (Jean Arthur) suggests Smith  filibuster to get his bill passed, leading to the famous scene that made James Stewart a star.

 

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Movie: Duck Soup 1933 / 68 min. / NR

Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) is a wealthy benefactor to the bankrupt country of Freedonia. She conditions her continued help on making Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) the country’s president. Chico and Harpo Marx play the parts of Chicolini and Pinky, spies from a nearby country. You will be hard-pressed to follow the plot, as Groucho talks a blue streak and slapstick reigns.  It’s directed by Leo McCarey and is probably the best Marx Brothers film.

 

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Movie: Pine Ridge @Claremont

Filmed entirely on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, this award winning documentary is a gritty exploration of what shapes the lives and dreams of Native American Youth today. Pine Ridge: the Lives and Dreams of Today's Native American Youth was the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the winner of the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary at the Goteborg Film Festival and was nominated for the Nordic Dox Award at  the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX).

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