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Spring Film Series to Begin
At UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Jan. 15, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus film series resumes for the spring semester with free screenings of "Office Space" Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 23-26, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Described by film critic Roger Ebert as a "comic cry of rage against the nightmare of modern office life," Mike Judge's 1999 film stars Ron Livingston as a cubicle slave whose hypnotherapy session leaves him with a who-cares attitude that makes him a great candidate for upper management. Gary Cole, Steven Root and Jennifer Aniston costar. Admission is free at the door.
For most other campus film presentations, tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students, at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. Membership in the International Film Society entitles community members to purchase tickets to campus films throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.
Other spring semester films include the following:
- "Moulin Rouge" (United States/Australia 2001), Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-nominated musical drama set in 1899, starring Ewan McGregor as a young poet who begins a doomed love affair with Paris' most famous courtesan (Nicole Kidman), lead chorine at the Moulin Rouge; Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
- "American Beauty," winner of the 1999 Academy Award for Best Picture, about a suburban Everyman (Kevin Spacey) who makes a few changes in his life and turns everyone else's upside down; Feb. 6-9.
- "Donnie Darko" (U.S. 2001), a critically acclaimed indie about a suburban teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) who sees dark visions, guided by a tall reptilian rabbit who leaks warnings about the end of the world; Feb. 13-16.
- "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," the 1975 cult classic that has become a Winter Carnival tradition (midnight screening with special ticket pricing); Feb. 14.
- "Aimee & Jaguar" (Germany 1999), Max Farberbock's fact-based drama about a dangerous love affair that blossoms between two women, one of them a Jewish member of the underground, in 1943 Berlin; Feb. 20-23.
- "The Color Purple," Steven Spielberg's 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker's intimate story of suffering, endurance and triumph set in the early 20th-century South, starring Whoopi Goldberg; Feb. 27-March 2.
- "Chasing Amy" (U.S. 1997), a romantic comedy about lifelong best friends (Ben Affleck, Jason Lee) enjoying success as creators of a cult-hit comic book, whose relationship is strained when they meet a beautiful fellow artist (Joey Lauren Adams); March 6-9.
- "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore's 2002 exploration of the roots of America's predilection for violence, voted the best documentary of all time in a recent International Documentary Association poll; March 27-30.
- "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" (U.S. 2002), an animated feature (from the hit TV show) about how five-year-old triplets got their crime-fighting superpowers; April 3-6.
- "The Fast Runner" (Canada 2001), a compelling human drama of astounding visual beauty, based on an Inuit folk epic set in the Arctic wilderness at the dawn of the first millennium; April 10-13.
- Woody Allen's semi-autobiographical "Annie Hall," Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1977; April 24-27.
- "Bloody Sunday" (United Kingdom/Ireland 2002), Paul Greengrass' documentary-style drama relating the events that led to British soldiers shooting dead 13 unarmed civilians during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, on January 30, 1972; May 1-4.
- "Spirited Away" (Japan 2001), an anime adventure about a sullen 10-year-old girl who wanders into a world ruled by witches and monsters, where humans are changed into animals; May 8-11.
Presented by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the films most often screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs office, (715) 836-4833.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: January 15, 2003