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Independent Film Night: Frozen River!

From: Lynda
Sent on: Sunday, July 12, 2009 8:27 PM

Our next once-a-month Independent Film Night will be on Saturday, August 8! (Read further for film synopsis.) Because of limited space, the event is limited to the first twelve individuals who RSVP Yes. If you don't get a seat in time, feel free to sign up on the waiting list to receive an automatic RSVP seat and e-mail notification in the event of a cancellation. Those who RSVP will receive the Downtown Tempe address (and directions for free parking right on-site) over e-mail the day before.

There is no cover charge and free parking, but we ask that you bring an hors d'oeuvre (as opposed to a munchie) for twelve and a bottle of wine to share. If you RSVP Yes and later find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP to No so someone on the waiting list can be invited in your place. Please arrive no later than 7:50. (7:30 please if you need to heat an hors d'oeuvre yet). The movie will begin at 8:00.

So bon appetit in both the mental and culinary realms!

Frozen River, a highly suspenseful indie film, is set in upstate New York, only separated from the Canadian border by a few miles of the St. Lawrence River. The film centers around two desperate mothers who smuggle illegal immigrants across the river. It offers a rare, non-sentimental but highly realistic and moving inside look at the Navaho Reservation, the plight of immigrants, and how good people can get drawn into highly risky and illegal activities. I can?t describe the cinematography of the eerie frozen river except to say that, for me, it really heightened the sense that anything could happen. Anything. Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat throughout this impossible-to-forget film.

Interestingly, Frozen River was only screened in the Valley for one week, and did not return to a screen here, even after it got Academy Award nominations for best actress and best screenplay, or even after accumulating another 43 awards and 13 nominations! My theory for its lack of exposure here is high anti-immigrant sentiment in this area of the country. For whatever reason, many people missed out on an impossible-to-forget, thought-provoking film. Let's fix that!

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