Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – 7:30 PM
USA 2007. Director: Bill Rose
Post-screening discussion with Judy Graves and Bill Rose
A haunting, elegiac documentary to thwarted promise, This Dust of Words traces the life story of Elizabeth Wiltsee from a young writer of uncompromising talent to a lonely death at the age of 50, homeless and apparently beset by paranoid schizophrenia. With an IQ of 200, Elizabeth taught herself to read at the age of four and was translating classical Greek by the time she was ten.
‘Bag for a Bag’ Winter Clothing Drive – Feb 18 7:00pm
Receive a free bag of popcorn when you donate a bag of clothing.
20, 2006 Great
Britain 2000. Director: Julien Temple
with Ramon Kubicek.
the delirious story of passion, betrayal, madness and addiction
that binds two of history’s most acclaimed poets: Samuel
Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
The film opens in 1816, where Wordsworth (John Hannah),
about to be named poet laureate, is throwing a lavish party.
An unsteady Coleridge (Linus Roache), ravaged
by an opium addiction, crashes to the floor
November 15, 2006
USA/UK 1990. Director: Jane Campion
with Ramon Kubicek.
Jane Campion’s brilliant adaptation of Janet Frame’s Autobiography
Originally conceived of as a television miniseries, Jane Campion’s brilliant, heart-breaking three-part film adapts celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame’s
three-volume autobiography. The first section, “To the Is-Land,” tells
of Frame’s poverty-stricken childhood on a New Zealand farm, where she
grows up chronically shy and awkward, acutely aware of being different,
and finds refuge in books and writing. In the second section, “An Angel
at My Table,” she dutifully enrols in teachers’ college, even though
she desperately wants to be a writer.
Canada 1976 . Directors: Donald Brittain, John Kramer
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek.
Special thanks to the National Film Board of Canada
English writer Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) exorcised his demons through writing and gin,
all the while fearing he would be engulfed by his fiction. Opening in
sobering fashion with the inquest into Lowry’s “death by misadventure”
(a coroner’s jury cited his death as “the result of combined effects of
gin, barbiturates and inhalation of stomach contents”), the film moves
back in time to trace one writer’s agonized voyage into oblivion.
September 20, 2006
USA/UK 1992. Director: Nick Broomfield
“Spalding Gray may be the ultimate WASP neurotic,
analyzing his actions with an intensity that would be unpleasantly
egomaniacal if it weren’t so self-deprecatingly funny. He questions
everything and ends up more exhausted than satisfied” (Michael
Kuchwara, Associated Press).