Walls and Bridges | 17th Annual Documentary Series

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17th Annual Documentary Series

Walls and Bridges

Sundays, 2 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business
NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Director: Dr. Harbour Winn, hwinn@okcu.edu
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472

 

March 29, 2015, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Katie Dellamaggiore’s Brooklyn Castle, USA (2012), 101 min

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories. Ironically, the biggest obstacle thrust upon them arises not from other competitors but from recessionary budget cuts to all the extracurricular activities at their school. Brooklyn Castle shows how these kids’ dedication to chess magnifies their belief in what is possible for their lives. After all, if they can master the world’s most difficult game, what can’t they do?

April 12, 2015, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, Canada (2013), 108 min

Stories We Tell is an “unmissable” (Rolling Stone) genre-twisting film by Oscar-nominated director Sarah Polley. Like poet Richard Blanco, she investigates the elusive truths and buried secrets within her eclectic family of storytellers. Playing with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, Polley crafts a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery. The playful interrogations of characters paint a profound portrait of a complicated and deeply loving family with each relating their version of the family mythology. Polley reveals the essence of family in this fun, warm, inventive documentary that was one of the best films of the year.

April 26, 2015, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Markus Imhoof ‘s More Than Honey, Germany (2012), 95 min

Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography shows the bees in flight and in their hives, revealing a fascinating, complex world in crisis. A strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

 

Admission to the film series is free, but donations help sustain the Institute’s mission. Donations can be made at each film or mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment at Oklahoma City University or the OCU Film Institute’s Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Oklahoma City University and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature also support the Institute.