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UW's Crane Film Festival is Sept. 17-19

Sept. 1, 1999 -- Diversity and changing cultural attitudes are among the themes captured in the third annual Gladys Crane Mountain Plains Film Festival Sept. 17-19 at the University of Wyoming.

"The festival will present films that deal with diversity and the changing attitudes that affect the way we think about our culture and ourselves," says Rebecca Hilliker, head of the UW Department of Theatre and Dance. "We selected several films that deal with the loss of innocence in young people, and violence in young people. There has been a lot of interest in these issues because of the death of Matthew Shepard and the shootings at Columbine High School."

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 3, at the Fine Arts Center ticket office, (307) 766-6666, and the Wyoming Union ticket office, (307) 766-3327. Individual tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for UW students. A five-ticket package is $25 for adults and $15 for students; a student 3-pack is available for $10.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, with a panel of filmmakers discussing "Social Conscience in Independent Filmmaking." Participants will be Eugene Brady, Shelley Niro, Alanis Obomsawin and Jonathon Bekemeire.

At 9:30 p.m., James Garbarino, co-director of the Family Life Development Center and a professor of human development at Cornell University, will lead an open discussion. He has done extensive research on children and their reaction to violence, both in their family and community environments. He is the author of several books, most recently "Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them." A reception follows at 10:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center lobby.

All films will be shown in the Fine Arts Center unless otherwise noted. Films showing on

Friday, Sept. 17, are:
-- 4 p.m., "Lone Star Hate," directed by Paul Yule.
-- 5:30 p.m., "Onward Christian Soldiers," directed by Freke Vuijst.
-- 7:30 p.m., "Welcome to the Doll House," directed by Todd Solondz.
-- 11 p.m., "Pecker," directed by John Waters.

Films showing Saturday, Sept. 18, are:
-- 9 a.m., "The Nephew," (at the WYO Theatre), directed by Eugene Brady.
-- 10:45 a.m., "The Farm: Angola, USA," directed by Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus.
-- 1 p.m., "Buena Vista Social Club," directed by Wim Wenders.
-- 3 p.m., "Honey Moccasin," directed by Shelley Niro.
-- 4 p.m., "Spudwrench-Kahnawake Man," directed by Alanis Obomsawin.
-- 7:30 p.m., "Central Station," directed by Walter Salles Jr.
-- 9:30 p.m., "Happiness," directed by Todd Solondz.

Films showing Sunday, Sept. 19, are:
-- Three short films, beginning at 9 a.m.: "Titler," directed by Jonathan Bekemeire; "Opie Gone Mad," directed by Andy Lee Johnson; and "P1," directed by Seth Wiley.
-- 10 a.m., "Dreams," directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Also on Sunday will be "Vedauwoo Lichen: Vertical Variations in Sound and Space," a vertical dance show performed in the rocks of Vedauwoo recreation area east of Laramie. Performances will be at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, call (307) 766-6666, e-mail

Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 1999


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