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The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. THROUGH A LENS DARKLY director Thomas Allen Harris will participate in Q&A's after the 7: [...]
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Indiewire Interview with FORCE MAJEURE Filmmaker: "The tourists dressed up in neon colors, and the goggles, the well-to-do people who don't have problems in their lives. I was fond of the idea of messing things up for those people."

On October 31 we open the Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE, Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama about a seemingly model married couple who suddenly find themselves in crisis after the husband does something extremely cowardly and selfish. Written and directed by Östlund (Play, Involuntary), the film was a word-of-mouth sensation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard. Östlund recently sat for an interview with Indiewire's Ryan Lattanzio to talk about this top contender for the Foreign Language Oscar: Indiewire: What initially interested you about a couple in c [...]
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LIFE INSIDE OUT: "Boy's Triumph Over Autism Inspires New Film"

From the San Diego Union-Tribune, October 2, by Pam Kragen: "Boy's triumph over autism inspires new film: Actress writes movie that draws on her onetime mentoring relationship with San Marcos college student." SAN MARCOS — When he was a toddler, Cal State San Marcos freshman Julian Kalb overcame an autism-related communication disorder with the help of L.A. actress Maggie Baird. Fifteen years later, he’s returning the favor as executive producer for Baird’s new film — a drama inspired by their long-ago mentoring relationship. "Baird co-wrote and stars in “Life Inside Out,” the story of a mother who helps her socially awkward son find h [...]
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LIFE INSIDE OUT Q&A's All Week at the Playhouse 7

LIFE INSIDE OUT tells the story of Laura, the mother of three teenage boys, and her youngest son Shane, the family misfit and a disappointment to his father. When Laura stumbles upon her long forgotten guitar, she is taken under its spell and rediscovers her love for song writing. LIFE INSIDE OUT lead actress/co-writer Maggie Baird, director Jill D'Agnenica, co-writer Lori collins and/or producer Tessa Bell will participate in Q&A's after most screenings: 10/17: Collins for the 1:50 and 4:30 shows; Baird, D'Agnenica, Collins and Bell after the 7:10 screening; Baird, D'Agnenica and Bell after the 9:50 show; 10/18: D'Agnenica and B [...]
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PELICAN DREAMS Q&A's at the Royal and Playhouse with Filmmaker Judy Irving

What’s it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? In PELICAN DREAMS, Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving (“The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill”) follows a wayward California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. Ms. Irving will attend several screenings on opening weekend to do Q&A's: after the 7:30 PM screenings Friday, November 7 at the Royal and Saturday, November 8 at the Playhouse. [caption id="attachment_4146" align="alignleft" width="58 [...]
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