Friday, February 15, 2013
Don’t miss the final weekend of Denton’s Fine Line Film Festival
Go with an open mind. You'll be glad you tried something new.
DENTON This is the final weekend of the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, which is sure to entertain and enlighten with a full schedule of documentary films from all over the world. Here’s a summary of the screenings, which includes both full-length features and sets of “shorts,” miniature movies with a single focus, viewed back to back.
Here’s some advice for those of you who are new to the documentary film genre: Go with an open mind. You may not think you’re interested in what you’re about to see, but go anyway. You may be surprised at what you’ll learn about people and subjects you didn’t even know you cared about. Many of the films come with a bonus: Stick around after the final credits for the opportunity to hear back story from many of the filmmakers, who will answer audience questions.
Screenings will be held at Campus Theatre, 215 W. Hickory Street, and the Fine Arts Theater, 115 N. Elm Street in Denton, as noted. Individual tickets are $8 and can be purchase online or at the door at either venue. For more information about the festival, visit thinlinefilmfest.com.
Friday, February 15
At the Campus Theatre
3:30 p.m. The Lost Reunions/Part of the Change: Hear first-hand accounts from 65 World War II PT (patrol torpedo) Boat veterans interviewed at their reunion in Washington, D.C. This 73-minute film makes use of rare photos and archival footage from World War II.
6 p.m. Seadrift vs. the Big Guy: Follow the trials and tribulations of Jeff McAdams, a big, brash Texan who on a dare, takes on the Texas Water Safari, the world’s toughest canoe race that spans 260 miles. seadriftvsthebigguy.com.
8 p.m. 4 Nights in December (will also be shown February 18 at 4 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater): This 51-minute film, directed and produced by Patrick Flaherty, features Trebuchet, the Denton-based underground band, and the making of its second independent, full-length album. trebuchetfilm.com.
10 p.m. Shorts Program #7
Films include Distant Noises Other Voices; Leap Before You Look, Lifesavers; Written in Ink: Motorbike Midwife, and Part of the Change.
At the Fine Arts Theater
6:30 p.m. Drawing Dead: Take a look at the highs and lows of online poker in this 77-minute film that follows the lives of two players, Michael Korpi Jr. and Dusty Schmidt. Filmmaker Mike Weeks will be in attendance.
8:30 p.m. Backyard Blockbusters: Find out all about the fan-film genre, including its history, influence, and copyright and fair use issues, in this 2-hour documentary. Director and producer John Hudgens will answer audience questions. backyardblockbusters.net.
Saturday, February 16
At the Campus Theatre
11:30 a.m. Shorts Program #8
Screenings include: In the Shadows; Rehoboth; See the Dirt; The Corner Garden; Treasure.
1:30 p.m. DocuDenton 7K Films: See the results of the 2nd annual video race. Teams had a total of 7,200 minutes to create a short documentary on a randomly drawn topic. All videos compete for a $300 cash prize and the Denton Doc Award for $1,000 cash.
3:30 p.m. Brothers on the Line: Discover the legacy of the Reuther brothers and their success at creating social, economic, and political change through their work as leaders of the United Auto Workers union. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this film contains first-hand accounts and footage from the UAW archive. brothersontheline.tumblr.com/
6 p.m. The House I Live In: Writer and director Eugene Jarecki tackles the failure of America’s War on Drugs in this 108-minute film that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
8:30 p.m. The Informant: This documentary explores the controversial life of Brandon Derby, who switched from a leader in a successful grassroots relief organization to an FBI informant who was instrumental in the indictment of two activists arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention. informantdoc.com/
At the Fine Arts Theater
12 p.m. Swingman: This is the story of a Captain Marshall Allen, a Golden Gloves boxer and Salt Lake County Utah’s first black firefighter, who became a quadriplegic following a freak accident. Director and producer Mark Birmbaum and Capt. Allen will be in attendance.
2 p.m. Stories from Lakka Beach: Watch the stunning cinematography in this award-winning film as a fisherman, a carver, a restaurant owner, a local politician and an aspiring rapper talk about their lives in Lakka, a beach village 10 years after rebel conflict in Sierra Leone, West Africa. storiesfromlakkabeach.com/
5 p.m. Bat City USA: This hour-long film chronicles the story of a giant colony of bats that took over an Austin bridge in the 1980s, much to the dismay of the locals. When the city threatened to exterminate them, biologist Merlin Tuttle fought to save them. Filmmakers Laura Brooks and Rod Cole will be in attendance. batcityusa.blogspot.com
7 p.m. Invisible Young: Steven Keller’s 75-minute documentary intertwines the lives of four homeless youths and their struggles to transitions to more stable, productive lives. Keller will be in attendance. invisibleyoung.com
Sunday, February 17
At the Campus Theatre
2 p.m. The Anderson Monarchs: The 76-minute documentary follows three years of the Anderson Monarchs, an all-girls soccer team from an at-risk urban neighborhood in Philadelphia that overcomes obstacles to compete at a national level and was nominated to be Sports Illustrated’s Sports Team of the Year. Director Eugene Martin will be in attendance for the screening. theandersonmonarchs.com
4 p.m. In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter: Saul Leiter, a pioneer of color photography whose body of work is amassed in his New York apartment, is portrayed in this film. Director and producer Tomas Leach will be in attendance. innogreathurry.com.
6 p.m. Central Park Five: This story of injustice tells the tale of five innocent black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly arrested and thrown in jail for a brutal crime they didn’t commit. The two-hour film is based on the book by Sarah Burns and was co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, renowned filmmaker Ken Burns. ifcfilms.com/films/the-central-park-five
8:30 p.m. Building Babel: The hour-long film tracks a year in the life of developer Sharif El-Gamal and his struggle to build a Muslim community center two blocks from Ground Zero. The film was directed, written, produced, and edited by David Osit. buildingbabelfilm.com.
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