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FAU Offers Free Mini Film Festival

         BOCA RATON (April 8, 2009) – The department of sociology in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Thinking Films Showcase: A Sociological Journey through Film.” This mini-film festival will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Each film will be followed by a discussion, and all events are free and open to the public.

         The films are:

·          10 a.m. - noon: The Village; In 1897, an isolated village maintains an uneasy pact with deadly, inhuman creatures living beyond their borders. That is, until one of the villagers is seriously injured. Discussion will be led by Alexis Rossi, co-coordinator of sociocinema thinking gilms in FAU’s department of sociology.   

Location: DeSantis Center, College of Business

·          Noon – 2 p.m.:   The Road Home; A new documentary about wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans dealing with their injuries in civilian life. Discussion led by Dan Tilson, the filmmaker that was part of the team that produced the movie.

Location: DeSantis Center, College of Business

·          2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: The Pornography of Everyday Life; With over 200 images from modern and ancient media, the film suggests that pornography is really a mainstream worldview. Discussion led by Jane Caputi, professor in FAU’s women’s studies department, who wrote the screenplay for the film.

Location: DeSantis Center, College of Business

·          3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Chumscrubber; A film about three teenagers, drugs and suicide. Discussion presented by Chris Bowen and Geoff Norris of the sociology film club in FAU’s department of Sociology.

Location: DeSantis Center, College of Business

·          5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: The Visitor; A drama about a college professor who discovers a pair of illegal aliens living in his New York apartment who were the victims of a real-estate scam. Discussion led by Jana Knibb, co-coordinator of sociocinema thinking films.

      Location: Performing Arts Building, room 101  

·          7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Omnibus 174; Documentary depicts what happened in Rio de Janeiro on June 12, 2000 when bus 174 was taken by armed young men who threatened to shoot all the passengers. Discussion presented by Stephen Charbonneau of FAU’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

Location: Performing Arts Building, room 101

      For more information, call 561-297-3720 or email

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