FF13 Fri Sept 27 Film Schedule

Friday September 27


Paepcke Auditorium

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia

Gore Vidal "I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television." "Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically by definition be disqualified from ever doing so." The eminently quotable Gore Vidal, blustery and brilliant, never shied away from slinging his stinging opinions about government, his contemporaries, or the American people in general, conversely eliciting cheers and jeers. Intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself anchor this fascinating and wholly entertaining tribute. Nicholas Wrathall's documentary dives into Vidal's years on the page, screen, and scene, including commentary by those who knew him best, like filmmaker-nephew Burr Steers and the late Christopher Hitchens. Unforgettable moments like the infamous feud with Norman Mailer on the Dick Cavett Show and an equally memorable verbal parrying match with William F. Buckley, Jr. remind us why Vidal will forever stand as one of the most dazzling and fearless critics of our time. (USA, 2013, 89 min.)

Q+A with director Nicholas Wrathall follows.

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia Website + trailer

Special thanks to the Embrey Family Foundation

Paepcke Auditorium

Mother, I Love You

Mother, I Love You Janis Nords emerges as a confident directorial talent with this small narrative gem that took top honors at the Los Angeles and Berlin festivals. Poor choices create thorny situations for a bright young lad as he veers from mild naughtiness into more hazardous realms of misbehavior and crime, before reconciling with personal responsibility. Like lots of kids, 12-year-old Raimonds (beautifully played by newcomer Kristofers Konovalovs) has his quiet side, his talented side (he plays saxophone in the school band), a mischievous streak and a resourcefulness born of desperation. Routinely left on his own by his mom, an over-worked doctor and strict parent, and often at odds with her when they're together, Raimonds finds thrilling companionship in Peteris, a boy who sneaks into one of the apartments his mother cleans. Filled with sensitive insight and emotional suspense, this coming-of-age drama carries an echo of the New Wave classic 400 Blows but is its own distinct character study of a wayward boy navigating the road to maturity. (Latvia, 2013, 83 min.)

Mother, I Love You Official trailer

Paepcke Auditorium

Code Black

Code Black In his arresting filmmaker debut, physician Ryan McGarry penetrates beyond the E.R. chaos where he began his emergency medicine residency to probe issues at the heart of today’s health care debate. With extraordinary access to life-and-death moments and his own illuminating medical perspective, McGarry follows a dedicated team of bright, energetic doctors as they grapple with the divide between ideals and the reality of practicing medicine in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration: "C-Booth," Los Angeles County Hospital's notorious trauma bay. Winner of the Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival this summer, this urgent report from the front lines of emergency health care confronts the increasingly impersonal approach to medicine, while capturing the concerns of medical professionals treating a growing population of uninsured patients. On-the-job, sometimes graphic, footage provides potent illustrations of these principles in action as impassioned doctors, caught in a bureaucratic logjam, strive to deliver on their commitment to the Hippocratic oath. NOTE: Includes some scenes which graphically depict real-life medical procedures conducted in E.R. situations. (USA, 2013, 80 min.)

Q+A with director Ryan McGarry and executive producers Billy Mallon MD and Jan Shoenberger MD follows.

Special thanks to the Embrey Family Foundation

Paepcke Auditorium

One Chance

One Chance Could you spend your whole life preparing to make a dream come true? Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) is back with a hugely inspiring biopic chronicling British tenor Paul Potts' meteoric rise to stardom via the hugely popular Britain's Got Talent. While Potts’ achievements dazzled global television audiences in 2007, the aspiring opera singer's story is actually one of arduous self-actualization and against-the-odds success. One of four children born to a bus driver and a supermarket cashier, Potts (James Corden) grew up in Bristol listening to his parents' opera records, and discovering his vocal gift in local choirs, but he was also ruthlessly bullied. Later he worked as a mobile phone salesman and performed in an amateur opera company, but even after meeting the love of his life he still seemed to yearn for something more. The tale of how Potts went from unfulfilled everyman to media sensation is a testament to the human spirit, and an engaging true story. Colm Meaney and Julie Walters also star. (UK, 2012, 103 min.)

One Chance Website + trailer

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