Fwd: OCT 5-18 NYC: Cinema Village - STRANGE CULTURE

Posted by ryan griffis | Fri Sep 21st 2007 7:18 p.m.

> 2007 - USA - English - 75 minutes
> Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
> Featuring Peter Coyote, Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton,
> Cassie Powell, Wallace Shawn
> Cinema Village
> 22 East 12th Street
> New York, NY 10003
> 212.924.3363
> Showtimes and Tickets
> http://www.strangeculture.net/media/qthi-strangeculture.mov
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikNO1ANHIQs
> The surreal legal nightmare of internationally acclaimed artist and
> professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep
> of heart failure. Police arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz's art,
> and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a
> suspected bioterrorist, as dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted
> through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books,
> cat, and even his wife's body. Today Kurtz and his long-time
> collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics
> Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of
> Public Health, await a trial date.
> "Probably the best and certainly the most urgent film in Sundance
> 2007's
> Frontier section." --Dennis Lim, INDIEWIRE
> "Younger filmmakers should be looking to Hershman Leeson for
> lessons on how to reinvent old forms while at the same time telling
> an urgently topical story. The director not only breaks the fourth
> wall, she reduces it to plaster dust." --John Anderson, VARIETY
> "Why should this case concern us? If the government can just detain
> willy-nilly, find no cause and still move forward, it's a gross
> abuse of human rights... STRANGE CULTURE is an important heads-up
> to what's going on in our country right now in the name of national
> security, and a brilliant statement on artistic freedom and the
> dangers it faces. This film should be seen, should be discussed and
> is an important document on our times." --Mark Bell, FILM THREAT
> http://www.cinemavillage.com/chc/cv/show_movie.asp?movieid47
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