2011 Spring Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival

Posted Feb 23rd, 2011 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


(Released February 23, 2011) – The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce the 11th series of its ever-popular Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival, scheduled every Monday, beginning March 7 through April 11. Coordinated by the AudioVisual Department staff at Main Library.

The Library’s exciting presentation of FREE, independent, first-run feature films by independent filmmakers is scheduled at 6:15 p.m. each Monday in Main Library’s McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. The kick off presentation is scheduled on Monday, March 7 with the coming-of-age, 1981, a cheeky Canadian semi-autobiographical film that tells the comedic story of eleven-year-old Ricardo, who, struggling with his family’s move and a new school, decides to become a liar. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1286159/

For Sebastian Junger fans, please note the final date of Film FOCUS, April 11, as the Library brings you the film Restrepo, nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. Junger, who will make his Toledo appearance on Wednesday, May 4 as a guest for Authors! Authors!, co-directed this gritty tale which documents the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers. www.restrepothemovie.com Film FOCUS attendees can enter for a chance to win Authors! Authors! tickets to see Junger during his Toledo stopover in May.

Additional Film FOCUS dates include:

March 14:
Marwencol (U.S.)
Following a near fatal beating, Mark Hogancamp rehabilitated himself by creating the incredibly detailed doll-sized World War II era town of Marwencol.

March 21:
Fresh (U.S.)
A call to action which profiles some of the modern heroes of today’s society: the advocates for and farmers who practice and teach sustainable growing and food distribution.

March 28:
Garbage Dreams (U.S.)
The incredible story of how an Egyptian community, whose economy is based on collecting and recycling garbage, must adapt to the arrival of allegedly modern practices.

April 4:
Bad Day to Go Fishing (Uruguay/Spain)
In this quirky comedy, Jacob van Oppen, formerly “the strongest man on earth,” and his crafty manager have a plan to hustle their way through the South American wrestling circuit.

April 11:
Restrepo (U.S.)
Co-directed by May 4th’s featured Authors! Authors! guest, Sebastian Junger, this gritty documentary chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and a remote 15-man outpost considered to be one of the most dangerous in the military. Nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.

All Film FOCUS showcases are FREE and open to the public and are recommended for adults: some films may contain strong language, sexual content or violence. These films are not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Free parking is available in Main Library’s underground parking garage for all Film FOCUS attendees.

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call 419.259.5207.

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