New Meetup: HARVARD BEATS YALE 29:29 @ Nuart, Saturday, 3/7, 7:30

From: Lindsie
Sent on: Friday, February 27, 2009 10:33 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: HARVARD BEATS YALE 29:29 @ Nuart, Saturday, 3/7, 7:30

When: March 7,[masked]:30 PM

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/West-los-Angeles-film-fanatics-group/calendar/9838669/

Meetup Description: The Question: Is football a metaphor for life itself? Have a lot of us been missing something by not watching any Super Bowls for the last 20 years? Director Levin Rafferty might say "Yes!"...and he's made a movie to back it up. Let's see what Sports Illustrated named "one of the five best college football games ever played" has to say about 1968...Vietnam...SDS...fate...class...tear gas...and sex...and meet the director at the same time. This March 7 Saturday evening screening will have a Q&A afterwards with the director, and possibly a few of the players as well.

Before and After stuff to be worked out later...

Tickets are already available online at the Landmark Website. I really do have a feeling that this one might sell out...you know...football and sex will get a lot of people off the couch...:). Be forewarned...

Take a look at the Trailer on the Official Website if you want to know more...

The Synopsis: Director Kevin Rafferty is renowned for his wit and fresh perspectives on American culture. He previously re-purposed Cold War archival footage for The Atomic Caf?, served as a cameraman to... Director Kevin Rafferty is renowned for his wit and fresh perspectives on American culture. He previously re-purposed Cold War archival footage for The Atomic Caf?, served as a cameraman to first-time director Michael Moore on Roger and Me and captured the unguarded comments of politicians in Feed.

In Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, Rafferty takes us into the world of America's Ivy League universities via a 1968 football match that had a highly unexpected outcome. He interviews players on both sides, who ? in addition to talking about the game ? summon the socio-political milieu of the time, recollecting their thoughts on issues like Vietnam, birth control and student insurrection. These testimonies interweave with remarkable footage of the game, an erstwhile style of college play that possessed a grace lacking in today's professional football.

Several aspects of this particular game resonate in the wider culture of 1968. At Harvard, the team included actor Tommy Lee Jones, who recalls a campus where ?ideas were flying like bullets.? At Yale, the student comic strip, Doonesbury, introduced a jock character named B.D., inspired by Brian Dowling, the school's star quarterback. And players from either side were roommates with Al Gore (Harvard) and George W. Bush (Yale). As the football game is obsessively dissected, the reflections feel eerily comparable to what took place after the 2000 presidential election.

Although such details do not surface in the film, Rafferty himself went to Harvard, and happens to be the first cousin of George W. Bush ? though he has different politics. At their prep school, Rafferty played football and Bush was a cheerleader. Rafferty's evident familiarity with the Ivy League environment grants the interviews an intimacy not often found in historical documentaries. As the former teammates (now pushing sixty) look back on their youth, they demystify the prestige of their elite universities. It becomes clear that no matter where you go to school, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it's hard to tell. --? Toronto International Film Festival

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/West-los-Angeles-film-fanatics-group/calendar/9838669/

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