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Posted at 3:32 PM on July 23, 2007 by Euan Kerr

A couple of local film events in the next three days likely to draw some attention:

Christopher Harmon's "Sparkle Serena!" Tonight at 6pm a group of local actors will perform a staged reading of local screenwriter Christopher Harmon's screenplay "Sparkle Serena!" While it's remarkable when any screenplay gets to this stage, this is all the more remarkable because Harmon is quadriplegic, blind and deaf, and can only communicate through a keyboard, as a result of degenerative disorder.

With the help of friends however he has been working on his film for a number it years. It's the story of a young girl overcoming challenges to raise money for the medical treatment of a friend by putting on a Broadway dance show.

Harmon formed Legacy Pictures to produce the film. He has been the subject of a couple of articles by Doug Grow, late of the Star Tribune.

The reading is at 6pm at the Center for Independent Artists in Bloomington. It is free but as seating is limited to 135 it might be wise to call in advance.

Fearless Filmmakers - "Snuff: A documentary about killing on camera" Not for everyone this. Local film maker Paul von Stoetzel will present a sneak preview of his documentary about the kind of movie that has long been held up as the unacceptable extreme of the film business: movies involving real murders committed specifically so they can be filmed and then distributed.

I have not seen the film, but the publicity materials say the FBI states that snuff films are a myth. Paul von Stoetzel argues the idea of snuff films which first arose in the 1960's has been a useful tool for opponents of pornography, and often rise again when there is a war. Von Stoetzel will present the film and conduct a question and answer session after the film.

This is the last event scheduled at present for the Oak Street Cinema before it closes until the end of the summer.

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