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'Half Nelson' to Screen
at UW-Eau Claire May 10-13

RELEASED: May 2, 2007

Half Nelson posterEAU CLAIRE — "Half Nelson" (2006) will conclude the spring semester film series May 10-13 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ryan Gosling was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the film, which screens at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

A dedicated teacher (Gosling) in a shabby Brooklyn classroom finds the energy, day after day, to inspire his 13- and 14-year-olds to examine everything from civil rights to the Civil War with a new enthusiasm. Although he is brilliant, dynamic and in control at school, he spends his time outside the classroom on the edge of consciousness with a serious drug habit. When one of his troubled students (Shareeka Epps) finds him strung out in the school bathroom, they stumble into an unexpected friendship.

"It sounds like Sundance 101: Blocked-up writer seeks solace in freebase, forges unlikely bond with ghetto history student," wrote Sam Adams in the Philadelphia City Paper. "But sharp writing, lively camerawork and blockbuster performances from Ryan Gosling and newcomer Shareeka Epps give a well-worn setup a fresh edge. The movie gets an extra crackle every time Anthony Mackie's paternal street dealer walks on the screen; watching him and Gosling square off, you feel as if you're seeing the future of American acting."

Gosling and Epps each received Independent Spirit Awards for their performances. Directed by Ryan Fleck, the 106-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby, and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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