The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library presents Film FOCUS: An Independent Film Festival, a series of powerful, first-run feature films by independent filmmakers. The free and open to the public series runs on Mondays, March 25 – April 29, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. in the McMaster Center, Main Library, 325 Michigan St. (Free parking available underground.)
These films are not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. Recommended for adults; some films may contain strong language, sexual content and violence.
Into Eternity documentary
Denmark, 75 minutes
Monday, March 25
Fascinating and exquisitely filmed, this documentary meets Sci-Fi in this captivatingly wondrous, yet extremely frightening, unprecedented journey into the underworld and into the future. Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storages, which are vulnerable to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and to societal changes. In Finland, the world’s first permanent repository is being hewn out of solid rock – a huge system of tunnels – that must last for millennia.
You’ve Been Trumped documentary
UK, 95 minutes
Monday, April 1
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on a celebrity tycoon. At stake is one of Britain’s very last stretches of wilderness. This entertaining, inspiring and at times heartbreaking documentary is a parable for our celebrity driven times.
Planet of Snail documentary
Finland/Japan/South Korea, 88 minutes
Monday, April 8
At its core a love story, this documentary follows Young-Chan, a deaf and blind man, who has no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho. He communicates with his wife Soon-Ho through finger Braille, and they rely on one another completely. Everyday tasks require complex collaboration and become tender shared experiences. This beautiful film combines breathtaking imagery with Young-Chan’s personal writing.
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles documentary
US, 86 minutes
Monday, April 15
Documentary meets detective story in this exploration of the origin of hundreds of tiles that have mysteriously appeared on streets in cities across the U.S. and South America over the past three decades. As researcher Justin Duerr starts piecing together key events of the past, he finds a story more surreal than he could have imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.
Found Memories Drama
Brazil/Argentina/France, 98 minutes
Monday, April 22
Every day, Madalena makes bread, crosses the railways where no trains have passed for years, cleans up the gate of the locked cemetery, and listens to the priest’s sermon before sharing lunch with the other villagers left in town. Upon the arrival of a visiting photographer, a deep relationship is forged, which gradually builds to have a profound effect on both their lives, as well as the rest of the villagers. This deeply contemplative film demonstrates the power of still images and still moments.
Award-Winning Family Friendly Shorts
Monday, April 29
(Encore screening Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.)
An entertaining collection of short films recognized by the American Library Association.
Big Drive, 9 min., Ages 8 and up
Squeezed into the back of the family car, four restless sisters find magic in a road trip across the prairie. This exuberant, animated film beautifully captures the bond between sisters and the power of the imagination.
Show Way, 12 min., Ages 5 and up
Jacqueline Woodson’s narration conveys her reverence for the generations of women who passed down needle skills and knowledge from slave times to the present. Hudson Talbott’s illustrations are brought to life by skillful camera movement and sparing animation.
55 Socks, 8 min., Ages 8-14
During World War II in the dark “winter of hunger” in Holland, some women and a girl unravel a beautiful bedspread to make socks to barter for food. Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, this animated, poetic film leaves viewers with hope for a brighter future.
Kali the Little Vampire, 9 min., Ages 12 and up
Viewers are alternately terrified and deeply moved by the plight of a little vampire who is isolated and lonely, but willing to risk life and limb to save a potential companion. Told in stark black, white and red, this animated short will linger long in memory.
Anna, Emma and the Condors, 20 min., Ages 7 and up
Anna and Emma, along with their parents, work to bring the amazing and magnificent California Condor back from the brink of extinction. This is a thought-provoking and visually splendid live-action film, as special as the children and birds at its heart. (2013 Carnegie Award)
Bink & Gollie, 14 min., Ages 4-8
In three interconnected stories, companions Bink and Gollie share pancakes and rich conversations. The skilled narration and humorous animation capture the opposite personalities of these good friends.
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion, 13 min, Ages 4-8
While flying to and from Holland, Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny finally part ways in this moving, satisfying conclusion to the Knuffle Bunny trilogy. Narrated by author Mo Willems, his wife, and daughter, the combination of photography, drawings, and video creates a funny and painful look at the mixed feelings surrounding growing up.
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