A TROPIC ALERT - Coming November 14-17
by Ian Brockway
The Tropic Cinema proudly offers its Screenwriters' Spotlight featuring
the esteemed writer-directors Paul Haggis and Terry George with a
presentation of several films, followed by a director's Q & A.
The series starts November 14 with acclaimed writer Terry George
presenting Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father." This real life
story about the IRA, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was adapted for the
screen with a wonderfully stirring and provocative script by Mr. George.
On November 15th Paul Haggis will present the powerful "Crash" (2004),
his rhythmic and interlocking character study about cultural breakdowns,
racism and ego. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Terrence
Howard and Ryan Phillippe, and it is as unsettling as it is pensive and
engrossing. The film won Best Picture back in 2004 and it is just as
timely today as it highlights our collective terrors and regrets
regarding race and the moral quandaries that make us human.
November 16th brings us Haggis' presentation of "In the Valley of
Elah." Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon, it focuses on a
grieving father's search for his son's killer, his son being an Iraq War
Two films round out the series on November 17, starting with Haggis'
presentation of "The Next Three days" starring Russell Crowe. This film
is a vigilante thriller about a teacher who takes matters into his own
hands to get satisfaction. Haggis' quick and facile direction gives the
story a hint of Kafka that elevates it above the everyday to make it
universal. The human condition, its catharsis and angst are Haggis
hallmarks, as recognizable as Scorsese and Hitchcock.
Terry George will follow with "Hotel Rwanda" arguably Terry George's
most famous film to date, starring Don Cheadle in a master performance.
In addition to fielding Q&A's after each film, the two directors will be
joined by Judy Blume for discussion sessions on Friday and Saturday
Please do not miss these terrific films and an opportunity to meet these
two versatile cinematic and literary minds.
Full details at KWFilmFest.com.