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Campus film series opens with 'Jurassic Park'

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2011

Jurassic Park

EAU CLAIRE —"Jurassic Park" (1993), Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller, will open the fall 2011 campus film series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5 in Davies Theatre. Davies Center will be open for the two Labor Day screenings.

Two dinosaur experts (Sam Neill, Laura Dern) and a cynical scientist (Jeff Goldblum) are invited to preview a new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from prehistoric insects, an eccentric millionaire (Richard Attenborough) has created living dinosaurs for his immense animal preserve, Jurassic Park. But things quickly take a nightmarish turn when a power breakdown allows the cloned dinosaurs to break out of their secured environment.

"C'mon, it's the biggest, grandest dinosaur movie ever, and I'll wager every coprolite in my possession that only the most cynical among us can resist the primal, childhood lure of those most personable of monsters," wrote The Austin Chronicle.

The 127-minute film is rated PG.

Admission to all campus films is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership card. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4 or a family membership for $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby.

The following films also will be presented during the fall semester:

  • "Battle Royale" (Japan 2000), Sept. 9-11. In the near future Japan's economy has collapsed. Massive unemployment has thrown most adults into a state of chaos, and the nation's youth respond with unprecedented violence and school boycotts. To restore order, the government institutes a compulsory education program that culminates in a contest called Battle Royale. A typical middle-school class is taken to an isolated island and forced to fight to the death until only one remains.
  • "Black Swan" (U.S. 2010), Sept. 15-18. Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman stars as a ballerina in a prestigious New York company, competing with another dancer (Mila Kunis) for the challenging dual role in "Swan Lake." The two dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller.
  • "Maria Full of Grace" (Colombia-Ecuador-U.S. 2004), Sept. 22-25. Seventeen-year-old Maria Alvarez (Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives with her family in a cramped house in rural Columbia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation. The offer of a lucrative job involving travel — smuggling drugs to America by swallowing latex-encased pellets of powder — changes the course of her life.
  • "Howl" (U.S. 2010), Sept. 29-Oct. 2. James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg (1926-97), poet and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to his writing "Howl" (1955), his most timeless work and the subject of a landmark obscenity trial.
  • "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (U.S. 2001), Oct. 6-9. This exuberant rock cabaret is adapted from the critically acclaimed off-Broadway stage hit written and directed by and starring John Cameron Mitchell ("Shortbus"). Hedwig, born Hansel, is an East German transsexual rocker on a journey to find love and stardom in her new home: a trailer park in Kansas.
  • "Trollhunter" (Norway 2010), Oct. 20-23. Styled as a found-footage documentary, this horror-comedy follows three student filmmakers who encounter beasts known only to Norwegians in stories from their childhood — ferocious, gigantic and immensely dangerous trolls.
  • "Waiting for 'Superman'" (U.S. 2010), Oct. 27-30. This controversial documentary by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") explores the current state of public education in America.
  • "V for Vendetta" (U.S.-U.K. Germany 2006), Nov. 3-6. A masked vigilante (Hugo Weaving) tries to trigger a popular uprising against tyranny in the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain and finds an unlikely ally in a young, working-class woman (Natalie Portman).
  • "13 Tzameti" (France 2005), Nov. 10-13. An impoverished immigrant intercepts a package meant for his employer. Thinking it is the key to a get-rich-quick scheme, he assumes a false identity and follows a series of cryptic instructions into the heart of the French countryside. He comes face-to-face with a ring of clandestine gamblers who bet on human lives.
  • "Jar City" (Iceland-Germany-Denmark 2006), Nov. 17-20. While he investigates the murder of an elderly man, a Reykjavik police detective reopens a very cold case. He follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man — with clues knit into the genetic bloodline of an entire country.
  • "Control Room" (U.S. 2004), Dec. 1-4. This acclaimed documentary examines Al Jazeera's coverage of the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the conflicts that arose in managed perceptions of truth between the Arab satellite news network and the American military.
  • "The Illusionist" (U.K.-France 2010), Dec. 8-11. Sylvain Chomet ("The Triplets of Belleville") adapted an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati for this Oscar-nominated animated feature.
  • "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (U.S. 1993), Dec. 15-18. Tim Burton's stop-motion animated feature relates what happens when the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town stumbles across the portal to Christmastown and decides to make the yuletide season his own — even though he doesn't quite get the concept.

The films will screen in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office, 715-836-4833, or online.

The campus film program is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Films are selected and presented by the all-student University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate and the International Film Society, an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. Since 1957 the International Film Series has represented various countries, cinematic styles, directorial methods, genres and points of view in films that help bring about a better understanding of other cultures as well as a lifelong love of film. The committees are advised by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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