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UW-Eau Claire Students Organize Progressive Film Festival for Class Project

RELEASED: April 25, 2006

Progressive Film Festival logoEAU CLAIRE — The first Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival will run Friday, April 28, through Sunday, May 7, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Organizers of this non-profit, independent, community-based film festival said their goal is to raise awareness and spur activism in relation to a range of issues they consider to be of significant concern by showing a variety of progressive films. Each film will be followed by a facilitated discussion, providing opportunities for audience members to become more actively involved in organizations and campaigns focused on the featured topics. There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

Eighteen UW-Eau Claire undergraduate and graduate students worked with associate professor of English Bob Nowlan to organize the festival. Most of the students are enrolled in a special directed studies course: English 395, "Progressive Film Festival." The students are graduate students David Gardner, Wisconsin Rapids, and Jed Mortenson, Birnamwood; second degree student Juli Pitzer, Eau Claire; seniors Eddy Kaiser, Duluth, Minn., Zach Koss, Bangor, Matt Royten, Mukwonago, and Andrew Werthmann, Osceola; juniors Maria Boland, St. Paul, Minn., Liz Hirschmann, Whitefish Bay, Katharine Kolb, Marshfield, Jeff Kesterson, Spokane, Wash., John Nicksic, Camp Douglas, and Andy Wilkins, Prior Lake/Lakeville, Minn.; sophomores Jerad Hill, Stratford, Joe Reichert, Eagan, Minn., and Karl Thomalla, Marshfield; and freshmen Jackie Rose, Eagan, Minn., and Rick Slembarski, Mosinee.

Organizers also said they hope to associate the festival with the ongoing development of a growing, strong progressive presence, and community, in this area. The Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival is a project of the Progressive Media Network, a UW-Eau Claire student organization that works actively to communicate and advance the goals of human emancipation, collective equality, social justice, ecological sustainability, and a peaceful world.

Following is the film festival schedule. For additional information, including a thorough description of each film, please visit www.uwec.edu/English/ecpff.

Friday, April 28

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and Selling the American Empire," (Hill and Slembarski, post-screening facilitators), 68 minutes, 2004.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "School of Americas Assassins," 18 minutes, 1995, and "A Place Called Chiapas," (Hill and Boland, post-screening facilitators), 89 minutes, 1998.

Saturday, April 29

  • 2-5 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "The War at Home," (Kolb and Hirschmann, post-screening facilitators), 100 minutes, 1979.
  • 5-8 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Blood in the Face," (Hill and Thomalla, post-screening facilitators), 78 minutes, 1991.
  • 8-11 p.m., Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "Justifiable Homicide," 85 minutes; 2002.

Sunday, April 30

  • 2-5 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle," 120 minutes, 1997.
  • 5-8 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "A Grin without a Cat" (Nowlan, post-screening facilitator), 180 minutes, 1977/1992.
  • 8-11 p.m., Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "Blacks Britannica," (Hill, post-screening facilitator), 58 minutes, 1978.

Monday, May 1

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 230, Hibbard Hall. "Weekend" (Stacy Thompson, post-screening discussion facilitator), 105 minutes, 1967.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "Out: the Making of a Revolutionary" (Nowlan, Hirschmann and Nicksic, post-screening discussion facilitators), 60 minutes, 2000.

Tuesday, May 2

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 321, Hibbard Hall. "Brothers and Others," (Kolb and Rose, post-screening facilitators), 54 minutes, 2002.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "Lost Boys of Sudan," 87 minutes, 2003.

Wednesday, May 3

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Farmingville," (Paul Kaldjian, post-screening facilitator), 79 minutes, 2004.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "The Future of Food" (special guest post-screening facilitator) 88 minutes, 2004.

Thursday, May 4

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Bonhoeffer," (Slembarski, post-screening facilitator), 90 minutes, 2003.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "Priest," (Nicksic, post-screening facilitator), 105 minutes, 1994.

Friday, May 5

  • 6-9 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Punishment Park," (Kaiser, post-screening facilitator) 88 minutes, 1971.
  • 9 p.m.-midnight, Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "The War Game," (Kaiser, post-screening facilitator), 48 minutes.

Saturday, May 6

  • 2-5 p.m., Room 264, Phillips Hall. "No Dumb Questions," (Hirschmann, post-screening facilitator), 24 minutes, 2001.
  • 5-8 p.m., Room 265, Phillips Hall. "Knock Off: Revenge of the Logo," (Kolb and Rose, post-screening facilitators), 45 minutes, 2004.
  • 8-11 p.m., Room 007, Phillips Hall. "My Name is Joe," (Boland and Kesterson, post-screening facilitators), 105 minutes, 1998.

Sunday, May 7

  • 2-5 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Working Women of the World," 53 minutes, 2000.
  • 5-8 p.m., Room 323, Hibbard Hall. "Medium Cool" (Stacy Thompson, post-screening discussion facilitator) 110 minutes, 1969.
  • 8-11 p.m., Room 100, Hibbard Hall. "The Take" (Kaiser, Boland and Nowlan, post-screening facilitators) 87 minutes, 2004.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Nowlan at (715) 836-4369 or ranowlan@uwec.edu.

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