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Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival to screen 21 films

RELEASED: April 13, 2010

ECPFF logoEAU CLAIRE — The fourth annual Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival will be held from April 16-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

This year's festival will feature 21 films in 20 sessions — each followed by facilitated post-screening discussions. The festival will feature a variety of films including foreign films, fiction and documentaries, as well as both long and short works. The discussion sessions are for sharing perspectives on and reactions to films and the issues they address.

According to Dr. Bob Nowlan, associate professor of English and founder and executive director of the festival, the films featured in this year's festival represent a variety of different progressive issues.

"We are proud that the films come from a wide variety of places across the globe," he said. "These are films you aren't going to readily encounter elsewhere, and they are made by filmmakers with passion, conviction and commitment."

UW-Eau Claire students worked with Nowlan to organize the festival. This year's student director is Justin Hoelzen, a senior English major from West Salem. Other student organizers were sophomore Nolan Thomas, La Crosse, art and design director; and senior English majors Katharine Kolb, Eau Claire, and Christopher Kortes, Eau Claire.

"There is no festival like this anywhere in the world, so it's a great achievement for places like UW-Eau Claire and Eau Claire," said Nowlan. "People can learn a lot from these films, as well as be inspired to become more actively engaged in helping to make our world a better place."

The film festival, which is free and open to the public, is a project of the Progressive Media Network, a community organization that works actively to advance the goals of human emancipation, collective equality, social justice, ecological sustainability and a peaceful world.

All screenings will be held in Hibbard Humanities Hall unless otherwise noted. The festival schedule is as follows:

April 16

7:30 p.m., Room 102, "The Bubble."

April 17

Noon, Room 323, "Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story" and "The Forest for the Trees: Judi Bari v. The FBI."

3 p.m., Room 323, "California Company Town."

7 p.m., Room 100, "Hyenas."

April 18

Noon, Room 323, "Tulpan."

3 p.m., Room 323, "Privilege."

7 p.m., Room 100, "Boy A."

April 19

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "The World According to Monsanto."

April 20

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "Liberation Day (Munyurangabo)."

April 21

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "Trouble the Water."

April 22

7:30 p.m., Room 102, "Burma VJ."

April 23

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "Wounded Knee."

April 24

Noon, Room 323, "When I Came Home."

2:30 p.m., Room 323, "Ask Not."

5 p.m., Room 323, "Of Time and the City."

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "XXY."

April 25

Noon, Room 323, "Hunted Like Animals."

2:30 p.m., Room 323, "The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)."

5 p.m., Room 323, "Killer's Paradise."

7:30 p.m., Room 100, "Courting Justice."

For more information, contact Dr. Bob Nowlan at or Justin Hoelzen at



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