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"Summer Days, Nasher Nights" film series

Cary, NC
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The Nasher Museum of Art and Screen/Society present the "Summer Days, Nasher Nights" film series
Four art-themed films, to be presented on the 4th Thursday of each month -
May 26th - August 25th, 2011!

All screenings take place at 7pm in the Nasher Museum of Art Lecture Hall and are free and open to the general public.

For more info, see:

Thursday May 26th, 7pm:
Exit Through the Gift Shop
(Banksy, 2010, 87 min, UK, in English, Color, DVD)

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interviews. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed."

-- Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 Academy Awards, Outstanding Debut by a British filmmaker at the 2011 BAFTA Awards, and Best Documentary at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards!

Thursday June 23rd, 7pm:
Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
(Charlotte Zwerin, 1988, 90 min, USA, in English, B/W & Color, DVD)

A documentary film about the life of pianist and jazz great Thelonious Monk. Features live performances by Monk and his band, and interviews with friends and family about the offbeat genius. Much of the film is centered around the six months of footage cinematographer Christian Blackwood shot of Monk in1967-68. The footage reveals a lot about Monk's personality, including his dramatic mood swings, his eccentric behavior, as well as his sense of humor. The footage also shows Monk "behind the scenes" in the studio and on tour in Europe. Interviews, photos and many of Monk's songs round out this biography.

Also of interest: The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition of photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world's greatest legends, at the Nasher Museum of Art until July 10th!

Thursday July 28th, 7pm:
Waste Land
(Lucy Walker & Karen Harley & Joao Jardim, 2010, 99 min, Brazil, in Portuguese with English subtitles, Color, DVD)

An uplifting feature documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves.

-- Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 Academy Awards!
--Winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival, and the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival!

Thursday August 25th, 7pm:
The Art of the Steal
(Don Argott, 2009, 101 min, USA, in English, Color, DVD)

A documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. Controversial and suspenseful, it evolves like a crime thriller as a collector's legally documented wishes are corrupted by the vulgarity of commerce.
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