Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 Sixth Ave., Troy, NY

Image from 'Today's Man' by Lizzie Gottlieb.  2006.  55 min. (U.S.) NY

iEAR Presents! and The Sanctuary for Independent Media collaborate to present the longest-running, premiere showcase for international non-fiction media in the U.S.  Themes include strong women, autism, the evolution debate and more.  Screening dates include November 14, 28 and December 5, 2007.

12/05/07 7 PM screening:

Flock of Dodos
Randy Olson. 2006. 84 min. (U.S.)

Who are the dodos in the current debate over evolution versus intelligent design? With a Super Size Me-style good spirit, marine biologist turned filmmaker Randy Olson travels the country in search of an answer. He starts with his 82-year-old mother who is neighbors with the top lawyer for intelligent design in Olson's home state of Kansas, which is the epicenter of the controversy. This film gets beyond the tedium of the "debate" of who's right and who's wrong. Instead, it explores how those who embrace each side are "communicating" their ideas to the public.


Today's Man
Lizzie Gottlieb. 2006. 55 min. (U.S.) NY

Nicky Gottlieb is a young man struggling to leave the comfort and safety of his parents' home and find his place in the world. While he can calculate the square root of any number in the blink of an eye, he has trouble reading the simplest of facial expressions, making social interaction difficult. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. This loving portrait by his filmmaker sister is both a personal exploration of one family's journey and a broader effort to understand this mysterious disorder.

Co-sponsored by The Sanctuary for Independent Media ( ) and funded in part by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

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