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Documentary treats

Posted at 5:07 PM on December 1, 2005 by Euan Kerr

Those whacky cineasts over the Minnesota Film Arts, (formerly the U Film Society on the U of M Minneapolis campus,) are taking their documentary fixation at the Bell Museum one step further over the next three weekends. They have invited local documentarians Emily Goldberg ("Venus of Mars") Melody Gilbert ("Married at the Mall," "Whole," "A Life Without Pain,") and Mark Wojahn ("What America Needs") to screen some of their favorite docs which they have seen on their travels on the festival circuit.

"A Look Outside" as the series is called, begins Saturday afternoon with Emily Goldberg. She is showing four short movies including "Foo Foo Dust" which she says "scared the 'bleep' out of me." (She did actually say 'bleep' which was quite charming.)

"Foo Foo Dust" is a portrait of a mother and son who are both hard core drug addicts. Goldberg says, without giving too much away, that the pair get into some pretty hairy stuff in the film. She says that when she saw the movie, this sparked a discussion on the responsibilities of the film-makers. If you see your subjects doing something dangerous or self-destructive do you step in to stop them?

Goldberg says every situation is different, but in the end she doesn't know the answer. It sounds like it could be an interesting event.

On December 10th Melody Gilbert presents Danielle Beverly's film "Learning to Swallow" which is about a woman to tried to commit suicide by drinking drain cleaner. Having failed she has to learn how to replace her digestive system, and find a creative purpose.

A week later on December 17th Mark Wojahn will present three experimental shorts by Chicago film maker Deborah Stratman.

One other piece of MFA news: they're cutting ticket prices for the month of December from $8 to $5.

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