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TODAY IS Monday, September 23 , 2002

Wilmington Independent Film Festival
Presented by the City of Wilmington Film Office

Feature Film Descriptions
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A Chronicle of Corpses, USA 2001
Director: Andrew Repasky McElhinney
Running Time: 83 minutes

Philadelphia, San Francisco, Rotterdam Film Festivals

A lushly detailed early 19th century period piece concerning the last days of a family of once-wealthy aristocrats. The film is an elegiac thriller- a totally unforgettable, sinister and darkly comic cryptogram.


A Gentleman’s Game, USA 2001
Director: J. Mills Goodloe
Running Time: 111 minutes

A Gentleman’s Game penetrates the layers of the Fox Chase Golf Club from it’s well-heeled members to the caddies who observe the passions and peccadilloes of the club’s players. Men bond and tempers boil over perfect drives, missed putts and sand pits that trap a shot that might just cost the game. A captivating tale, A Gentleman’s Game is richly insightful, not only into the game of golf, but also into the foibles that cost tournament victories and wind up changing lives.

Told from Timmy Price’s (Mason Gamble) point of view, A Gentleman’s Game captures the ties that bind men to the game of golf and each other. An average guy who works hard and plays by the rules, Jim Price (Dylan Baker) gains prestige through the accomplishments of his son Timmy, who, at age twelve scoring 79 on the course, is going to be a better golfer than his dad ever was. When Timmy’s father sends him to be a caddy for the summer, Timmy learns much more about the workings of the game than a “looper” might suggest. Charlie Logan (Philip Baker Hall), one of the club’s oldest members, remembers almost all of the club’s legendary players, and his stories may be part of what made them legends. Foster Pearse (Gary Sinese), once the U.S. amateur champ, has disappeared from the game with a secret that nearly costs him his life.

Angels of the Universe, Iceland, 2000
Director: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Running Time: 97 minutes

Paul loses his grip on reality when his girlfriend is easily persuaded to drop him by her wealthy parents who do not appreciate the boy’s proletarian background. Unable to control his temper or moods, his conduct becomes more erratic, and soon he is diagnosed as schizophrenic.

He is placed in a mental institution, which does not pretend to cure him, just separate him from the rest of society and minimalize the damage he might wreak around him.

Most of the film takes place within the walls of this institution, focusing not only on Paul, but also on several other inmates, and while it is unsparing in its penetrating depiction of the torment of madness, it is told with such sympathy for its characters, such humor, such strong lyrical dialogue, and such lush and artful cinematography that the viewer is drawn effortlessly inside Paul’s world.

Bikini Bandits, USA 2001
Director: Steve Grasse
Running Time: 59 minutes

Philadelphia’s own Steve Grasse’s collection of shorts began as a series of shorts made for the Internet. Entertainment Weekly called Bikini Bandits “like watching a Russ Meyer flick while thumbing through Maxim and spraying Cheez Whiz down your throat”. Lots of profanity, big breasted women, who are real-life strippers, in small bikinis with guns. Starring Corey Feldman, Jello Biafra, Dee Dee Ramone as the Pope and Maynard James Keenan as the devil, Bikini Bandit’s best moments come courtesy of “real people”, like the animated, taped phone conversations between Grasse and the producer of the film.

Cheerleader Ninjas, USA
Director: Kevin Campbell
Running Time; 96 minutes

When meddling, self-righteous Church Ladies mistakenly believe that perky Happy Valley Hamster Cheerleaders are responsible for the "Internet Smut" invading their children's bedrooms, they decide to take action!

The Church Ladies recruit Stephen, once rejected by the cheerleading squad, who burns with the desire for revenge! Now teaching at a parochial school, Stephen recruits slutty schoolgirls to beat some sense into those cheerleading hussies who rejected him.


Dischord, USA
Director: Mark Wilkinson
Running Time: 104 minutes

Rhode Island, Atlantic City, RiverRun, Marco Island and Bare Bones Film Festivals

Gypsy’s music rocked the world until the alternative rock violin star inexplicably disappears. Soured by the industry_s commercialism, Gypsy (Annunziata Gianzero) slips away with her husband, Lucian (Andrew Borba), a famous New Age composer, to the desolate environs of off-season Cape Cod.

Yet, even here, Gypsy cannot escape her talent and celebrity. Lucian_s arrogant exterior thinly masks an element of his professional jealousy, which threatens to destroy what little remains of their once vibrant marriage.

While Gypsy searches for personal and creative peace, the couple_s retreat is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of Lucian_s estranged brother, Jimmy (Thomas Jay Ryan). Unbeknownst to them, Jimmy is silently tormented by his shattered past and has brutally killed his girlfriend.

As a retired local detective (Dick Bakalyan) closes in on Jimmy, another dead body turns up in the local waters. Meanwhile, Jimmy is becoming increasingly captivated by Gypsy_s free-spirited nature, and as Lucian further alienates Gypsy, she is left in Jimmy_s more attentive company. When Jimmy and Gypsy become friends, this unlikely bond between a tormented murderer and a pure artist strains the delicate balance of nature into discord.


Hamlet, USA 2000
Director: Michael Almereyda
Running Time: 112 minutes

A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal story about Hamlet’s plight to avenge his father’s murder in New York City. Ethan Hawke plays Hamlet with a superb supporting cast including Julia Stiles as Ophelia, Bill Murray as Polonius, Live Schreiber as Laertes and Sam Shepard as Ghost. Director Michael Almereyda has effectively transposed many of the enduring themes of this classic work to our contemporary high-tech era.

Hejar (Big Man, Little Love), Turkey/ Greece/Hungary 2001
Director: Handan Ipek_i
Running Time: 120 minutes

Rifat is a Nationalist pensioner living in western Turkey who instinctively sides with the police when they raid the apartment next door and kill his Kurdish neighbors in an exchange of gunfire. Yet he can’t resist offering his protection to 5-year-old Hejar, who miraculously survives the blitz.

Writer-director Ipecki makes much of the language question, using it as the hinge of Kurdish identity. Rifat repeatedly tries to get Hejar to speak Turkish, which she can’t, and gets angry when his housekeeper Sakine talks to Hejar in “forbidden” Kurdish. Gradually, the straightlaced old judge is led to question the national ban on speaking the language of the country’s 12 million-strong minority.

When, at the end, Rifat takes Hejar back to her relatives in the southeast- in the film’s most understated and successful section- he finds their poverty and misery too horrifying to bear.

In Praise of Love, France/Switzerland 2001
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Running Time: 98 minutes

Realized in two sections, Godard’s film takes place in Paris. Shot in luxuriant in black and white, part one is about Edgar, a director involved in a project that deals with the four stages of a love affair- meeting, sexual passion, separation and rediscovery- as experienced by three couples, one young, one adult, and one elderly.

During the casting process, Edgar discovers a beautiful and enigmatic young woman who it turns out, he had met earlier. She seems perfect for his leading role, but their unresolved romantic feelings for each other get in the way. When Edgar is finally ready to offer her the part, he hears some tragic news that casts his mind back two years to his first encounter with her.

The second segment of the film, shot in striking, vibrantly saturated color video, takes Edgar to the house of an elderly couple whose granddaughter is the woman Edgar encounters later while casting the film. The couple, former Resistance fighters during the war, are negotiating the sale of their life story under Nazi occupation to Hollywood producers, and reflecting on the past while wondering about the future.

Jane White is Sick and Twisted, USA 2001
Director: David Michael Latt
Running Time: 84 minutes

Hollywood Underground Film Festival, Houston’s WorldFest, Bare Bones Film Festival

Kim Little stars as Jane, an unstable female version of "Being There’s” Chance the Gardener, whose life is so wrapped up in television that she imagines the popular Jerry Springer clone "Gerry" (David L. Lander) to be her long-lost father. Desperate to rejoin him and leave the orbit of her agoraphobic, overprotective mother (Alley Mills), she sets out on a quest to become any kind of sideshow freak that could conceivably land a guest spot on "Gerry".

Lethal Force, USA 2002
Director: Alvin Ecarma
Running Time: 71 minutes

Austin, Tromadance Film Festival, MicroCinefest

Open on Jack Carter, a gangster whose family is being held captive by Mal Locke, a fallen crime lord. After his wife Linda is executed for attempting an escape, and with Patrick, his young son, in Mal’s clutches, Jack arranges to sell out his best friend Savitch, a ruthless killer. Assisted by Rita, an aide-de-camp, and Big Bertha, his lieutenant, Mal has concocted a scheme to take revenge on Savitch, who had left him for dead many years ago.

This hilarious satire is to action movies what SCREAM is to horror..


Loaves, USA 2000
Director: Shannan Keenan
Running Time: 73 minutes

In this heartland tale of love, ill-fated murder plots and day-old bread loaves, a dimwitted man hires his equally dimwitted cousin to murder his wife, only to have unexpected results.


Lying Beside You, USA 2001
Director: Joe Valenti
Running Time: 106 minutes

New York & Los Angeles International Film Festivals

A romantic comedy dealing with the fact that love, lies and filmmaking do not mix, while also showing the trials and tribulations of making an independent film.


One Man’s Ceiling, USA 2002
Director: Richard LaPorta
Running Time: 102 minutes

Tribeca Film Festival, European Film Market- Berlin, IFP Market- New York

One Man's Story: A not-so-successful architect and would-be artist, with a broken-down car, married without kids, whose wife is ready to start a family, reaches the end of his rope with an inconsiderate upstairs neighbor. What does it take to make a change in life? It’s not always that earth shattering. Sometimes a long, slow burn can result in an epiphany.

Romeo and Juliet, Italy 1968
Director: Franco Zefferelli
Running Time: 140 minutes

Franco Zefferelli’s Romeo and Juliet beautifully brings William Shakespeare’s tragic drama to the big screen. The lyrical score by Nino Rota and the splendid period costumes combine with the sensuous cinematography to evoke the Italian Renaissance’s setting perfectly.

In keeping with the specifications of the original play, Zefferelli made a daring move in casting the film. For the first time in movie history, two teenage actors portray Shakespear’s tragic protagonists. Olivia Hussey as Juliet and Leonard Whiting as Romeo physically fit the roles exactly.

Romeo and Juliet was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won for cinematography and costume design.

Scotland, PA, USA, 2001
Director: Billy Morrissette
Running Time: 111 minutes

Scotland, PA is a black comedy retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set against the backdrop of a fast-food restaurant in the early ‘70’s in rural Pennsylvania. This classic tale of guilt and betrayal centers on the McBeths, Joe “Mac” (James LeGros) and Pat (Maura Tierney), who are stuck in their dead end jobs at Duncan’s restaurant. Pat is getting restless and hatches a plan as Mac starts to see things- three hippies (Andy Dick, Amy Smart and Timothy Levitch) to be exact.

Their boss, Norm Duncan (James Rebhorn), is a visionary who has dreams of turning his restaurant into a fast food empire. His idea will revolutionize the fast food industry and nobody knows about it- not the happy customers in his small town, his employees, or his two dysfunctional teenage sons, Malcolm and Donald. When Norm meets with a bizarre death, Lieutenant Ernie McDuff (Christopher Walken) is called in to investigate.

Things seem to work out well for Mac and Pat after Malcolm and Donald sell the restaurant to them, until their friend and coworker Anthony “Banko” Banconi (Kevin Corrigan) starts becoming suspicious as people begin to disappear.

The bodies continue to drop as Mac’s visits from the three hippies become more frequent, and Pat, with a few obsessions of her own, starts to break down. With McDuff hot on the trail, the McBeth’s dream of fame, fortune and french fries crumbles before their eyes.

Seduction of the Will, USA 2001
Director: Jim Starr
Running Time: 115 minutes

New York, Santa Fe, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Film Festivals

Leni Riefenstahl: greatest woman filmmaker of all time or a master Nazi propagandist? A pawn in the game of politics, or did she knowingly help Hitler secure his Third Reich?

These questions dog Leni Riefenstahl. It’s 1945. Germany is ruined. So too, it seems, is Riefenstahl as she faces these hard questions from U.S. Army investigators. She tells them her story, and slowly, the layers of lies and fact are peeled away to reveal what this woman did to create great art, and even greater controversy.

Fifteen years earlier: Young Leni gives up her successful career as a dancer for a bawdy new venture: movies. Soon, she’s starring in Mountain Films, and learning the craft of filmmaking. She resolves to make her own films. Remarkably, her directorial debut is a critical success, and its romantic, heroic themes bring her to the attention of a rising star in German politics- Adolph Hitler.

Hitler asks her to produce a documentary that will capture the essence of his Party on film for the world to see. She tries to delegate the project, but at a fateful confrontation with Hitler in Nuremberg, it’s clear that the Fuehrer of Nazi Germany has made his choice and his will must be obeyed. The project brings her into the conflict with the man who most covets the Fuehrer’s attention- the Reich Minister for Propaganda, the dark, shriveled genius Dr. Goebbels.

Despite the immensity of the project and interference from Goebbels and his Storm Troopers, “Triumph of the Will” is completed to nationwide acclaim. Riefenstahl is then commissioned to document the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Finally, art is overshadowed by life: Kristalnacht; the Jewish Question; and the Invasion of Poland, where Riefenstahl witnesses the horror of Nazi ideology in practice. Shaken, she returns to Berlin to confront Hitler with these facts, only to find her fate is in the hands of her hated enemy, Goebbels.

A broken woman, all that remains for Riefenstahl now is the decision to the U.S. Army investigators. Will she, too, be tried in Nuremberg? Certainly she’s guilty. But of what?


Simply Being, USA 2002
Director: Lu Marin
Running Time: 85 minutes

An ex-con in search of peace and happiness renounces his familiar wayward path for a simple life.

The Haven, USA 2001
Director: Andrew Bowen
Running Time: 111 minutes

New York, Long Beach, Vermont, Ojai Independent Film Festivals

We all search for a place to belong, a home, and for Trevor McCaffery and this three best friends, that place has always been the Haven, a makeshift camp in the Connecticut mountains that they have come to all their lives. After graduation from college, the friends make a pact to spend one last summer there before they head out into the real world. Through their often-humorous adventures in urban night life, the film chronicles their last months together as they are forced to come to terms with their lives, the inevitable changes that accompany adulthood and the night that none of them could have prepared for…


The Taming of the Shrew, Italy 1966
Director: Franco Zefferelli
Running Time: 126 minutes

This was the directorial debut for Franco Zefferelli, and it’s Shakespeare with a real zest; a treat to both scholars and film lovers.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring gusto and ferocity to their roles as Katherine and Petruchio in the quintessential battle of the sexes, a vibrant adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play. The roles of these battling lovers are perfectly suited to Burton and Taylor, whose passionate and publicized love affair was in full flower at the time.

The realistic period detail is lovingly photographed by Luciano Trasatti, while Nina Rota contributes a lively score.

The War on the War on Drugs, USA 2002
Director: Cevin Soling
Running Time: 87 minutes

Comprised of over 60 independent short scenes shot in a wide variety of cinematic styles, The War On The War On Drugs parodies drug war propaganda and those who insist we fight the drug war at any cost.

The Zookeeper, Denmark/UK/Czech Republic/The Netherlands, 2001
Director: Ralph Ziman
Running Time: 108 minutes

A disillusioned ex-Communist is left behind to take care of the animals in the capital’s zoological gardens until a U.N. rescue force arrives. Sam Neill plays the zookeeper, who finds himself forced to come to terms with the mess he’s made of his own life. The film is gritty and realistic, showing the effects of war on both man and beast.


Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, Japan 2001
Director: Shohei Imamura
Running Time: 119 minutes

2001 Cannes International Film Festival, 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, and 2001 New York International Film Festival

Yosuke has been laid off, his wife has given up on him and he’s living on the streets of Tokyo, constantly looking for work. He stumbles upon an interesting story told by Taro, a homeless wanderer. Taro tells Yosuke that he stole a valuable gold Buddhist statue from a temple in Kyoto, and hid it in a house by a red bridge in a town on the Noto Peninsula near the Sea of Japan.

When Taro suddenly dies, Yosuke recalls the story of the Buddhist statue and sets off to find it. Upon reaching the town, he meets a woman named Saeko, who has mystical powers. Taro decides to stay in town and gets a job with some fisherman.

Meanwhile, another acquaintance from the streets of Tokyo, Gen, has also heard Taro’s story, and arrives in town to ask about the long-missing golden treasure.

World Traveler, Canada/USA 2001
Director: Bart Freundlich
Running Time: 103 minutes

A contemporary road movie in the tradition of FIVE EASY PIECES, WORLD TRAVELER centers on Cal (Crudup,) a man to whom everything in life has come easily. Possessing the sort of dashing good looks and effortless charm that endears him to both women and men, Cal enjoys success as an architect and shares a comfortable West Village apartment with his lovely wife and adorable young son. But, in a classic case of “watch-out-what-you-wish-for,” Cal finds himself in his early 30’s with everything a man could want and with his grasp far exceeding his reach. And so, in a gesture that is at once completely sudden yet obviously long in-the-works, Cal hits the road in the family car – but without the family.

On his cross-country journey Cal takes a job as a day laborer, shares drunken nights with a new-found buddy (Derricks), picks up a hitchhiker (Balaban,) and tumbles into a series of rented beds with a series of unquestioning, undemanding women (Allen and Moore). But, with every encounter, the romance of the open road somehow eludes him. Even though he is looking for something, Cal can’t escape the fact that he is also running away from something, and what he has left behind is worth more than what he hopes to find.

WORLD TRAVELER premiered at this Fall’s Deauville and Toronto Film Festivals and will be presented as part of the inaugural “American Showcase” event at Sundance 2002. The film will open in exclusive engagements beginning in April.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, USA 1973/1983/2002
Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Running Time: 91 minutes

The digitally remastered glam-rock classic features David Bowie as his gender-bending alter ego Ziggy Stardust, in his final performance given at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in 1973. The original album which inspired the show “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"”(named as one of the Greatest Albums of All Time by both Rolling Stone and VH-1) celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 6, 2002.

Outfitted in some of the most outrageous, form-fitting, colorful outfits this side of Mars, David Bowie helped invent glam-rock in the early 1970’s. With striking red hair, long legs and a face of strikingly androgynous beauty, his Ziggy Stardust was an inspiration for the recent glam-rock spoof, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In the movie, Bowie performs some of his greatest hits including “Changes”, “All the Young Dudes”, “Suffragette City” and “Ziggy Stardust”.

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A Skin Too Few: the Days of Nick Drake, The Netherlands 2000
Director: Jereon Berkvens
Running Time: 48 minutes

One chilly autumn afternoon in 1974, Nick’s parents were unable to wake their son. British singer-songwriter Nick Drake (1948-1974) is one of rock’s most tragically romantic figures. “A Skin Too Few” portraits this artists who symbolizes the destructive effect of loneliness. Dutch director Jeroen Berkvens and Lithuanian cameraman Vladas Naudzius depict the silent landscapes, people and music from Drake’s life in an attempt to understand the tragedy of this loner.


Between Resistance & Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Scene, USA 2002
Directors: Joe Carroll & Ben Holtzman
Running Time: 44 minutes

This documentary explores the Long Island Do-It-Yourself punk scene, both in its success and its shortcomings in attempting to create an alternative community.


Catching Fire, USA, 2001
Director: William McMeekan, Jr.
Running Time: 59 minutes

"Catching Fire" chronicles 24 hours in the life of a small New Jersey Fire Department as they work, train and respond to emergencies

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, USA 2002
Director: Sam Jones
Running Time: 92 minutes

The film began as a 16mm black & white documentary by first-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones about alt-country turned experimental rock band Wilco’s recording of their forth album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” (the album was released on April 23, 2002). Initially intended to follow the collaborative process of this handful of very creative artists making a highly anticipated album, director Sam Jones soon had unexpected human drama and corporate intrigue to contend with when the band started breaking apart and their new album was rejected by their record label, Reprise Records.

What ensued was a bidding war that eventually led Wilco to sign with Nonesuch Records, another label under the AOL/Time Warner umbrella. After its release in April, the record received overwhelming critical acclaim, and climbed to #13 on the Top 100.

In Honor, USA, 2002
Director: Erin M. Callaway
Running Time: 41 minutes

A touching look at the memories of three WWII veterans

Local 82, USA, 2000
Director: Doug McLennan
Running Time: 35 minutes

Inside look at local "ski bums" in Aspen, Colorado.


Mitch Dorge: Downsampling Perception, Canada 2002
Director: John Barnard
Running Time: 24 minutes

A documentary about Crash Test Dummies' drummer Mitch Dorge and his transition from large-scale to up close and personal with his innovative and inspiring performance "In Your Face and Interactive". You'll watch as Mitch tries to find answers to difficul


New Strings, USA/Paraguay, 2002
Director: Greg Shih
Running Time: 38 minutes

A documentary that tracks the burgeoning careers of three classical guitarists as they speak about their lives, trials and love for music.

Promises, USA with Arabic, Hebrew and English dialogue with English subtitles
Directors: Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg
Running Time: 106 minutes

Best Documentary, 74th Annual Academy Awards
Best Documentary, IFP Spirit Awards
Truer Than Fiction Award, IFP Spirit Awards

In 1995, Justine Shapiro traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to shoot an episode of Lonely Planet. The strong words and violent emotions she encountered in her Israeli cousins and in the Palestinian children she met inspired her to make PROMISES.

PROMISES follows Goldberg’s journey as he travels to Palestinian communities and settlements in the West Bank- places he had never ventured before- and to the familiar neighborhoods of Jerusalem. He meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages and nine and thirteen.

When two of the children, Israeli twins, see a Polaroid of one of the Palestinian children, their curiosity is peaked, and they want to visit him. The twins travel to the camp, and it is the first time that the Palestinian children have ever seen anyone from “the other side”. They share a meal, play soccer and begin to get close. But the promise of friendship is short-lived as physical and cultural obstacles intercept their hopes of becoming closer.

Two years later in a sobering yet honest epilogue, the children share their views on the “other”, their thoughts about the possibility of meeting and their dreams for the future.

Ray 4 the NBA, USA 2001
Director: Jim O’Donnell
Running Time: 27 minutes

Ray, a 5'3" 30-year old student finally follows his dream and tries to get into the NBA. He puts together an intramural basketball team with hopes of being noticed by the NBA. Rays wonders when he will get his day on the court.


Slumming It: Myth & Culture on the Bowery, USA 2002
Director: Scott Elliott
Running Time: 55 minutes

"Slumming It" is a documentary film that traces the history of New York's Bowery from the 19th century to the present.


STRUT!, USA 2001
Director: Max Raab
Running Time: 68 minutes

Hamptons International Film Festival, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema

STRUT! celebrates the world of the Mummers and the Mummers Parade, the annual New Year’s Day event that for 14 captivating hours transforms Philadelphia from the City of Brotherly love to the world capital of Surrealism.

From the parade’s pre-colonial roots and the evolutionary contributions of European and African immigrants- to the Vaudeville slapstick routines and the 4 _ minute Broadway shows- to the extraordinary bonding of Mummers families, and the powerful loyalty of fraternity- to the extraordinary exclusiveness and social tolerance of everyone except the competition- STRUT! captures the pride, passion and pure soul of America.

Shot with no specific script and improvised on a day-to-day basis, the colorful and ebullient tale is told through revealing interviews, vintage footage, captivating still photographs and feel-good music. The result? A cinematic gem that’s personal, epic, touching and funny. It’s American, but quintessentially Philadelphia.


The Endurance, USA 2001
Director: George Butler
Running Time: 93 minutes

THE ENDURANCE recounts one of history’s greatest tales of survival, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1916 expedition to Antarctica. The expedition, Shackleton’s third, followed the tragic death of the famous English polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Shackleton was determined to be the first to cross the Antarctic on foot and claim this last great terrestrial prize for Britain. In August 1914, at the outbreak of World War I, Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition set sail from Plymouth, England on board the Endurance. A three-masted wooden sailing ship _ a barkentine _ she was designed to withstand ice. Shackleton had named her Endurance after his family motto, "By endurance we conquer." The crew of 28 men would not be heard from again for nearly two years.

In an act of astonishing foresight, Shackleton had brought on the expedition Frank Hurley, a gifted Australian photographer and cinematographer. More than one hundred of Hurley’s stunning photos and extensive 35mm motion footage have survived. The visual record provided by Hurley’s images, coupled with poignant diary accounts by the men themselves, bring Shackleton’s expedition alive in this remarkable film.

Director George Butler of White Mountain Films together with WGBH/NOVA mounted a film expedition to the Antarctic in 2001. This team filmed locations of the original expedition, capturing scenes of striking and foreboding beauty. The end result is a film unsurpassed in its compelling narrative and breathtaking imagery.

The Poor Made By God, Canada/China 2002
Director: Yu Qian
Running Time: 48 minutes

A journey through a Roman Catholic village in remote northwestern China

The Turandot Project, USA 2001
Director: Allan Miller
Running Time: 84 minutes

In 1997, celebrated filmmaker Allan Miller began chronicling an unprecedented cross-cultural collaboration. World-renowned conductor Zubin Mehta and award-winning Chinese film director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Ju Dou) joined forces to produce Puccini's opera Turandot in Florence, Italy.

Before the year was out, an extraordinary opportunity arose: to stage Turandot in its original setting of the Forbidden City of Beijing. The outdoor production was an undertaking on an epic scale, including the expansion of the site with the construction of huge new sets, the creation of breathtaking hand-sewn Ming Dynasty costumes and the adding of hundreds of soldiers and local extras, to lend a lavish authenticity to the staging.

A fascinating chronicle collaboration, The Turandot Project combines the pageantry of this opulent opera production with a spectacular cinematic portrait of the struggles and triumphs of Zubin Mehta and Zhang Yimou to mount their production in this most historic venue of China.

The Witness, USA 2000
Director: Jenny Stein
Running Time: 43 minutes

The Witness tells the story of Eddie Lama, a construction contractor from a violent Brooklyn neighborhood who was raised in a family with an aversion to animals. Eddie describes his step-by-step journey to compassion for animals.


Three Nights At Ground Zero, USA 2002
Director: Matt Siegel
Running Time: 31 minutes

The film is based on the personal experiences of 2 volunteer rescue workers at Ground Zero during the week of 9/11/02.

Why Can’t We Be A Family Again?, USA, 2002
Directors: Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel
Running Time: 27 minutes

“Why Can’t We Be A Family Again” is a cinema verité portrait of the bond that develops between two brothers who long to be reunited with their mother. The film chronicles their mother’s agonizing battle with crack addiction and their grandmother’s struggle to keep the family together.

Narrated by Ossie Davis, and shot over a three-year period, this emotionally wrenching story reveals how two brothers who were devastated by their mother’s addiction and neglect found a way to thrive and redefine what it means to be a family.

F I L M  F E S T I V A L
Wilmington Independent Film Festival
Presented by the City of Wilmington Film Office

• About 70 films slated, from shorts to documentaries
• Eclectic filmmaker gets Wilmington festival rolling

• Thursday 09/26/2002
• Friday 09/27/2002
• Saturday 09/28/2002
• Sunday 09/29/2002
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