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United States, 2002

World Premiere

Documentary

We follow 20 ocean-going dugout canoes, representing 25 Indian nations from the United States and Canada, as they make the long journey from Vancouver Island, Puget Sound and Washington's Olympic Coast. This film depicts the commemoration of ancestors through the canoe trip and through tribal art, dance and songs. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11 a.m.)

The Harriman Alaska Expedition Retraced

United States, 2002

Southern California Premiere

Documentary

A century ago, powerful railroad tycoon Edward H. Harriman decided to launch one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions the world had ever known. He brought along the leading authorities in the nation--geologists, botanists, foresters, ornithologists, paleontologists, zoologists, painters, photographers, writers--on a 9,000-mile exploration of the Alaskan coast. A century later, a modern expedition retraces their journey and witnesses firsthand just how much the work of man has changed the landscape over the intervening decades. (Orange County Museum of Art, 11 a.m.)

Phylanthropi

Romania, 2001

Comedy

Ovidiu is a 35-year-old literature teacher who is unmarried and lives with his parents--until he meets the mysterious Don Pepe, who sets Ovidiu up in a strange double life that leaves our harried hero shuttling back and forth between Romania's fanciest nightclubs and its most blighted slums. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 11:30 a.m.)

The Burial Society

Canada, 2002

Drama/Thriller

Sheldon Kasner, a Hebrew bank employee, is in serious trouble with some Jewish mobsters: they've been employing his branch as a money-laundering front, some funds have vanished, and they've pinned their suspicions on Sheldon. Desperate, Sheldon hatches a scheme: he'll attach himself to the Chevra Kadisha, the "burial society" that prepares the deceased for their final journey. Then he'll steal a corpse, fake his own demise, and get away with $2 million of the mob's money. But unfortunately for Sheldon, the members of the burial society may not be as gullible as they appear. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 12:30 p.m.)

Gotham Fish Tales

United States, 2002

Documentary

A look at the exotic wildlife teeming in the seas off New York's coast, as well as the exotic, human wildlife who fish for them. (Orange County Museum of Art, 12:30 p.m.)

OT: Our Town

United States, 2002

Documentary

When funding for both the arts and education were slashed during the Reagan era, Dominguez High School in Compton stopped putting on plays. In 2000, with no stage, no funding, no props or costumes, a teacher at the school named Catherine Borek mounted a production of Thornton Wilder's classic stage drama Our Town. This documentary profiles Borek and the 24 students who made something special out of literally nothing. (Lido Theater, 1 p.m.)

A Dream in Hanoi

United States, 2002

Southern California Premiere

Documentary

Twenty five years after the end of the Vietnam War, Americans and Vietnamese come together in a unique partnership as two theater companies stage the first performance in Vietnam of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. A Dream in Hanoi follows the cast and crew from both nations as they struggle to overcome obstacles of language, culture, ideology and the legacy of the war on their way to opening night. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 2 p.m.)

What Wonderful Shorts

Collection of short films including Mike Grundmann's The Perfect Flaw and Robert A. Nakamura's Infinite Shades of Gray. (Orange County Museum of Art, 2 p.m.)

Outpatient

United States, 2002

Drama/Thriller

This psychological thriller--which features peculiar romantic tension between a doctor and her mental patient--is, to its credit, far heavier on the psychological than the thriller. We end up so caught up in the plight of the poor patient that even as we grow to fear he could be a killer, it's mostly for his sake that we hope he doesn't cut anybody's throat. (Lido Theater, 2:30 p.m.)

Hawaiian Shorts

Hey, how about a nice collection of Hawaiian shorts? Included is Irene Yamashita's Kamehameha: The Great Revolutionary, a portrait of the first ruler to unite and conquer the Hawaiian Islands. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 2:30 p.m.)

Lolita: Slave to Entertainment

United States, 2002

Documentary

Don't let the title fool you; this one's not porn. It is, instead, a very sober look at animal cruelty at the nation's water parks. Just about as far from porn as you could get, really. (Orange County Museum of Art, 3:30 p.m.)

Im Juli(In July)

Germany, 2000

Comedy

A mild-mannered teacher from Hamburg falls for a Turkish beauty and decides to trail her to Istanbul. With his travel buddy Juli (Christiane Paul), he becomes embroiled in comic adventures as they pass through Bavaria, Bulgaria, Rumania and Turkey by virtually every means of travel except camel, all in the search for the woman who has stirred something in the soul of a man who had perhaps begun to imagine he was beyond stirring. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 4 p.m.)

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

United States, 2002

Documentary

Ten years in the making, filmed during a dozen trips through Tibet, India and Nepal, this documentary investigates the history and emotions surrounding the Tibetan conflict. (Lido Theater, 4:30 p.m.)

The Book of Stars

United States, 2000

Drama

Director's cut of a marvelous story where Penny (Mary Stuart Masterson), a former poet who has slid into prostitution to support her ailing teenage sister (Jena Malone), who has a remarkably sunny disposition for a girl whose cystic fibrosis will in all likelihood kill her before she reaches 16. (Edwards Island Cinemas, 5 p.m.)

Ironclad Shorts
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