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Wednesday @ The 17th Annual Media City Film Festival

Tuesday May 24th, 2011, 1:40pm


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Wednesday is the second day of the Media City Film Festival and is also the opening night celebration.  All of the evenings screenings take place at the Capitol Theater.

Here is a run down of the day’s schedule.

Opening Party – 6:00 pm
Meet, mingle and have a drink with your fellow festivalists in the Capitol’s Joy Theatre. Enjoy complimentary signature appetizers from Chanoso’s, Oishii, and 255 Catering and a cash bar with wine from Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery.
Under the Tower: films of William Raban – 7:30 pm
For more than 25 years, the films of William Raban have been scrutinizing the changing face of east London, combining experimental methods of construction with a political, documentary approach. This program presents five of Raban’s films made since 1992. A discussion with the filmmaker follows the screening.
International Program 1 – 9:30 pm
A series of 5 short international films.
Flag Mountain
A view across the border in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, from the rooftops of the Greek Cypriot south to the mountains of the Turkish Republic in the north. Moving between macro and micro perspectives, Flag Mountain sets dramatic spectacle against everyday life as the inhabitants of both sides of the city go about their daily business.
Ground Control
The viewer is placed in the situation of an external observer who seemingly has a function to fulfil in a remedial act of vengeance. But the notion gradually arises that things are not so simple. A reflection on manipulation and authenticity.
In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails
“Creation and destruction, as seen in the tiny turtles crawling their way to the sea, or heard in the crackling of a Geiger counter as a masked man sprays plants with pesticides. Revelers in Bahia parade through the streets, a gnat-sized Mercury passes across the surface of the sun, and men slowly make their way up the giant steps of an ancient temple. The film resides in a well of deep time, history swallowed by the life of the planet.” – Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot

Emerging at dawn, two mountains appear to be in dialogue with each other. It is a dialogue between two nations, with historical, political, biblical and utopian connotations. This dialogue is based on testimonies and eyewitnesses from both sides of a conflict going back to the early 20th century.
Square and Mountain

A public square in a Greek village, from mid-afternoon to nightfall. The space depicted is formal in the foreground, mundane in the middle distance and grand in its mountain backdrop. 

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