Great Park Indie Film Series Opens Tonight with Shorts and Ends Nov. 15 with Fishbone

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Independent cinema seems to be popping up everywhere, even in an uncompleted park that remains Orange County's largest public works project.

Witness the weekly Independent & Inspired Film Series, which debuts this evening at the Orange County Great Park, skips a Thursday (Oct. 11) and then picks up every Thursday through Nov. 15.

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The park's Palm Court Arts Complex is hosting award-winning short films each evening of the run, through the curating prowess of the Irvine International Film Festival. Recommended for high school students or older, the programs include people involved in the making of the films participating in discussions with the audience. 

While it's free (so is parking!), seating is limited and you need a pass distributed at 6:30 p.m. before the first short rolls a half hour later to guarantee you'll have a place to sit.

Here is the program:

Good Men Trailer from brian connors on Vimeo.

TONIGHT: Deep Blue Breath, winner of Best Short Film at the 2011 New York Independent International Film and Video Festival. Directed by Patricia Cardoso, it follows a boy named Clay deep inside his body to an animated dream world where he engages in battle against the Evil Lord Vater and his army of Kuk-nuks. Meanwhile, in the waking world, a medical team struggles to save Clay's life; Good Men, directed by Brian Connors, which focuses on elderly men (Ed Asner and Mark Rydell) who get into a serious argument over the circumstances surrounding the 9/11 attacks on The World Trade Center; 6 Gun, directed by Hebron Simckes-Joffe, which is about a man who seeks revenge from a former friend and gubernatorial candidate who kidnapped his child and murdered his wife. Cardoso, Connors and Simckes-Joffe are scheduled to participate in the post-screening Q&A.

OCT. 18: To Rest in Peace, from director Fawaz Al-Matrouk, is about a Kuwaiti man who passes two bodies left unburied during the Iraqi Invasion of 1990. Unable to fit his head around why the bodies have been left in the open to rot, he buries them himself; Mossadegh, directed by Roozbeh Dadvand, is named after democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, who was overthrown in a CIA-orchestrated coup. Still under house arrest six years later, in 1959, Mossadegh must decide whether to trust a brilliant American physician sent to treat him; Love at First Sight, directed by Michael Davies, is a U.K. import that delves into whether Arthur (John Hurt) really has experienced the titular phenomenon when it comes to Ruth (Phyllida Law); The Potential Wives of Norman Mao, directed by Derek Nguyen, follows the desperate parents of an overweight and socially awkward junior businessman from Hong Kong taking their 33-year-old son on an international junket to find a worthy Chinese wife. Al-Matrouk and Dadvand are expected for the Q&A.


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Speaking of the Great Park, last Sunday, Larry Agran appeared at a forum at the Islamic center of Irvine and joined others speaking in favor of Prop 30/38. Agran pushed his Measure BB, which would put Irvine surplus funds into education. When I asked during Q and A what they were all going to do for money when all the tax-payers and business owners had fled California, he replied that "if taxpayers who don't want to pay more taxes want to move to Mississippi, Alabama or Texas, they are welcomed to go."

 

What arrogance. Maybe Agran should take all that Great Park money and pout it into his schools.

 

 

Gary Fouse

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