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Edgy Films and Documentaries That Change the World

By Staff | Nov 23, 2011

BIG ARTS Film Society brings back the ever-popular Not-for-Monday-Night Film Series in November with three U.S. documentaries and the 2011 Oscar-nominated “The Kids Are All Right.” Following each matinee screening, the tradition of lively discussion led by a variety of local film aficionados, critic and buffs will continue. Filmgoers will also enjoy surround sound, the enhanced viewing experience provided by a newly-installed high-definition projection system, larger screen, and Blu-ray Disc player. All films begin at 1 p.m. in Schein Performance Hall.

Not-for-Monday-Night films:

Nov. 30 The Tillman Story (2010); R

Dec. 6 The Kids Are All Right (2010); R

Dec. 28 Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010); R

A documentary film about the cover up of the 2004 death of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman during the war in Afghanistan, The Tillman Story was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin.

Kids is a smart, modern comedy about two partnered women (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore) raising their teenage son and daughter. The plot centers on the family’s new relationship with the man who had anonymously donated his sperm to allow for the women to conceive. The film was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy and earned Bening a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Kids also received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

Client 9 takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. As New York’s Attorney General, Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. Many believed he was on his way to becoming the President. When The New York Times revealed that Spitzer had been caught seeing prostitutes, the “Sheriff of Wall Street” fell from grace. With unique access, Client 9 explores the hidden contours of hubris, sex and power.

General Admission is $5. All films begin at 1 p.m. in Schein Performance Hall. Listening devices are available.

BIG ARTS Film Society Annual Meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Phillips Gallery. All BIG ARTS members, as well as anyone from the community, are invited to attend. The meeting will include an overview of the upcoming 15th anniversary season, an introduction to members of the Executive Film Committee, and an open forum for suggestions for future films and Society events.

If you are a film lover who believes in the power of movies to touch people’s lives, be sure to attend this meeting and bring your ideas. After the meeting Potiche will be shown in Schein Performance Hall at 7 p.m, as part of the regularly-scheduled Monday Night Film Series.

BIG ARTS Film Series is supported by Series Sponsor Bank Of The Islands and Stan & Visnja Gembicki, Supporters George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, Jerry’s Foods of Sanibel, Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, and Sanibel Taxi.

For the complete listing of BIG ARTS films, to purchase tickets, to sign up for workshops, or to become a member, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, call 239-395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org, or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.