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June 9, 2010

The Films: Who, What, When and Where

Friday, June 11

High School

7 p.m. • Bomhard Theatre • $15/$13

Starring Adrien Brody and Matt Bush and directed by John Stalberg. If everyone’s guilty, nobody’s innocent, right? Given his background as a morally corrupt cop in “The Shield,” it’s not hard to imagine Michael Chiklis in his role as Principal Gordon. As part of his zero-tolerance policy on weed, Gordon calls for a mandatory drug test, leaving valedictorian Henry Burke — who just tried pot for the first time — no choice but to team up with pothead Travis Breaux and get the entire student body stoned.

www.deptofmoralhealth.org

 

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

9:15 p.m. • Bomhard Theatre • $8/$6

Storm Taylor produced and Julien Nitzberg directed this documentary about Jesco White from MTV’s “Jackass Productions,” and his kin’s penchant for thieving, gun-toting, robbing, stealing and pill-popping. Previously, White was the subject of the cult classic documentary “Dancing Outlaw.” If you ever went to your family reunion and thought, “How can I be related to all these people?” this will have you kissing the branches of your family tree.

www.wildandwonderfulwhites.com

 

Saturday, June 12 

Unrequited

9:15 p.m. • Clark-Todd Hall • $8/$6

The first feature film from Lexington director Jason Epperson and starring Michael Welch. “Twilight” star Welch plays Ben Jacobs, a troubled young man who, on his 18th birthday, must leave the group home for “troubled teens” where he has been living for the past several months. After moving back in with his mother, Ben discovers his girlfriend, Jessica Morgan, has moved on with her life and is now dating an older college guy. Desperate for love and unable to cope with losing Jessica, Ben’s troubled past catches up with him as he kidnaps her in an attempt to regain her affection. Spiraling out of control and on a very dangerous path, Ben must ultimately decide whether to let her go or hold on to the one person he loves, even if it means destroying them both in the process.

www.unrequitedmovie.com

 

Carbon Nation

Noon • The MeX • $8/$6

Louisville director Peter Byck’s latest documentary, the subject of a recent cover story in LEO Weekly, came from a childhood instilled with environmental values into this examination of possible solutions to climate change. Even if you debate the severity of it — a perspective that becomes less credible every day oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico — Byck’s presentation is at a minimum thought provoking, at its best, galvanizing.

www.carbonnation.tv

 

Con Artist

12:15 p.m. • Clark-Todd Hall • $8/$6

“Fame is love, and I need love,” says Mark Kostabi. This documentary follows Kostabi, the artist and composer known for publishing self-interviews about the commercialization of visual art, designing the album covers for Guns N Roses’ “Use Your Illusion” and The Ramones’ “Adios Amigos,” writing an advice column for artists, and sharing the stage with Ornette Coleman and Tony Levin, among others. He also was accused of achieving fame at the expense of the work created by other painters that were part of his Kostabi World studio.

www.conartistthemovie.com

 

Bag It

7 p.m. • Clark-Todd Hall • $8/$6

While it’s true plastics stand as one of the great inventions of the modern era, they’re also a bright, shining example of the downside of innovation. In 78 minutes, Suzan Beraza’s documentary dissects the role plastic bags play in inflicting lasting damage on the environment, a proposed ban on the use of plastic bags in Boston, and the use of alternatives, like paper and other recyclables. Did you know U.S. citizens use 100 million plastic bags a year? Or that there’s a plastic orb floating in the Pacific that’s now twice the size of Texas? So, paper or plastic?

www.reelthing.us/films.htm

 

Grace of My Heart

3:30 p.m. • Clark-Todd Hall • $8/$6

Kentucky-born director Allison Anders (“Border Radio,” “Things Behind The Sun”) screens her classic music film released in conjunction with her receiving Flyover’s Lifetime Achievement award. The 1996 film tells the tale of an aspiring singer who ends up putting her career on hold to write songs for other musicians.

myspace.com/allisonanders

 

Beautiful Darling

9:30 p.m. • The MeX • $8/$6

A documentary about Andy Warhol alum Candy Darling — born James Slattery in 1944 — who in the 1960s became a blonde bombshell actress well known to New York City’s artistic and cultural elite. Narrated by Chloe Sevigny, the film features excerpts from Candy’s diaries and interviews with friends, as well as archival footage of Warhol, John Waters and Paul Morrissey.

www.beautifuldarling.com

 

Movies With Roots in Hell:

The Effects of Drugs on American Cinema

7:15 p.m. • The MeX • $8/$6

Writer Jack Stevenson, an internationally acclaimed film curator with his own cinema in Denmark, explores the history of drug use and how it has affected the production and content of American movies going back more than a half century. Don’t be surprised if you walk away with a contact high.

 

Sunday, June 13

Daddy Long Legs

2 p.m. • Clark-Todd Hall • $8/$6

Ronald Bronstein plays Lenny, the 34-year-old divorced father of Sage (Sage Ranaldo), 9, and Frey (Frey Ranaldo, sons of Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo), 7. Lenny juggles multiple responsibilities in the name of spending more time with his kids, and struggles with exactly when to be their friend and when to be their father. Produced by Louisville native Zachary Treitz, the film, originally titled “Go Get Some Rosemary,” screened at Sundance in January.

trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/daddylonglegs

 

Event Horizons

12:15 p.m. • The MeX • $8/$6

The multimedia touring show features a screening of “The Indian Boundary” and a live performance of “Time Machine,” by Sabbine Gruffat & Bill Brown. Directed by Thomas Comerford, who teaches art and punk rock at the Art Institute of Chicago, “Indian Boundary” explores the historical significance of Rogers Avenue, which once marked the boundary between the colonial United States and unsettled Northwest Territory. Comerford’s purpose: “I wanted to look at the way we engage with history, how treaties are negotiated, how the landscape of the country has been shaped by political activity or military activity.”

www.thomascomerford.net,

www.sabinegruffat.com

 

Winter’s Bone

5 p.m. & 8 p.m. • Baxter Avenue Theatres • $40 (Includes reception)

In this Sundance Award-winning story based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence plays 17-year-old Ree Dolly, who searches for the father that abandoned her, put their house up for bail bond and then vanished. This special screening will include a reception and features a Q&A with Lawrence between the two showings to benefit Bellewood Home for Children.

www.wintersbonethemovie.com