Film FOCUS – 2012 Independent Film Festival at Main Library

Posted Sep 26th, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to announce the return of its ever-popular Film FOCUS, an independent film festival, scheduled on Mondays, beginning October 8 through 29 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St.

The Library’s exciting presentation of FREE, first-run feature films by independent filmmakers is scheduled at 6:15 p.m. on Mondays in October. The kick-off presentation is scheduled on Monday, October 8 with the film, Barbershop Punk (details below).

All Film FOCUS showcases are 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 available underground for participants.

Film FOCUS schedule – October 8, 15, 22, and 29:

October 8:
Barbershop Punk
United States, documentary
Directed by: Georgia Sugimura Archer and Kristin Armfield

In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.

Awards, Nominations:
Winner – Best Documentary, Big Apple Film Festival
Winner – Best Picture – Grand Jury Award, Sacramento International Film Festival
Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival
Official Selection – Portland International Film Festival

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October 15:
Seven Minutes in Heaven
Israel, drama
Director: Omri Givon

Galia, a young woman from Jerusalem, and her boyfriend Oren board a local
bus. The bus explodes, leaving Oren in a coma and Galia with severe burns
and memory loss; she lacks memory of the day of the terrorist attack and the
days leading up to it. The film begins one year after the attack, upon Oren’s
death. As Galia undergoes physical and mental therapy, she attempts to stitch
together the shattered fragments of her life and soul. A necklace sent to her
from an unidentified source sets her off on a journey to find the missing pieces
of the puzzle from that horrific day.

Awards, Nominations:
Winner – Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature Film, Warsaw Film Festival
Nominated – Grand Prix Award – Best Film, Bratislava International Film Festival
Official Selection – Tribeca International Film Festival

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October 22:
Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game
USA, documentary
Director: Brian Kruger

In 1934, Georgia Tech came up to Ann Arbor to play the University of Michigan Football team. They had one demand – U of M must bench it’s only black player, Willis Ward.

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October 29:
Czech Republic; drama/thriller
Directed by: Marek Najbrt

Set in Prague at the outbreak of WWII, Protektor centers on the story of radio reporter Emil, who is married to Hana, a famous film star who is initially oblivious to the Nazi threat. Hana’s Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from the height of her career to the bottom of the social ladder. In order to protect her, Emil compromises himself, collaborating with the new Nazi-controlled state radio station. Conditions worsen as restrictions on Jews are systematically increased. The assassination of the Third Reich Deputy Protector and a chance encounter on a bicycle bring their malingering marriage to a crisis.

Awards, Nominations:
Protektor – Official Entry, Best Foreign Language Film – Czech Republic – Academy Awards®
Winner – Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress, Czech Lions (Czech Film Academy Awards), 2009
Official Selection – London International Film Festival
Official Selection – Seattle International Film Festival
Official Selection – New York Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection – Moscow International Film Festival

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