Engaging Young Filmmakers Focus of Film Series at the Clark

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2005

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will present a film series celebrating great filmmakers born since 1955, the founding year of the Clark. “10 Distinctive Directors Under 50: Discovering the Direction of Film for the Decades Ahead” will take place on Fridays from July 1 to September 2 at 4 p.m. in the Clark auditorium. Films are free.

First up on Friday, July 1 is Almost Famous (2000, 162 minutes) with Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Frances McDormand. Cameron Crowe’s charmed and charming autobiographical tale of a 15-year-old rock journalist on the road with a band and its groupies in the early ’70s is presented in the director’s expanded “Bootleg Cut.”

Three Kings (1999, 115 minutes) will be shown on Friday, July 8. David O. Russell’s subversive, energetic caper set in the chaos of America’s first Gulf War is more relevant than ever, but just as swift and funny. With George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube. This film is shown with Russell’s recent documentary on the second Iraq war, Soldiers Pay (2005, 36 minutes), which was suppressed from the DVD reissue.

Charles Aznavour and director Atom Egoyan’s homegrown repertory company star in Ararat (2002, 116 minutes) on Friday, July 15. Egoyan digs deep into his Armenian heritage to unearth the story of the Turkish genocide of his people in the waning days of the Ottoman empire, weaving historical reconstruction with lives of characters in exile, including Arshile Gorky.

Friday, July 22 will host Election (1999, 105 minutes.) Alexander Payne hit his stride long before Sideways, with this wicked satire on high school politics, scathingly funny while remaining all too true to life. Reese Witherspoon shines as the irrepressible student politician, and Matthew Broderick suffers Ferris Bueller payback as the hapless teacher who wishes he could repress her.

Rounding out the first month of films will be Waking Life (2001, 99 minutes) on Friday, July 29. Richard Linklater offers an offbeat summation of his films to date, from Slackers to Before Sunset, in this innovative, mind-expanding meditation on dreaming, stunningly animated by computer from a live-action original. Take a trip through the outer limits of Austin, Texas.

Great Expectations (1999, 111 minutes) will begin the second month of films on Friday, August 5.

The film series will follow this year’s popular 50 Favorites and 50 Hours special events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Clark. Special programs are planned throughout the year.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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