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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The sixth annual Documentary Festival at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg will include the Bucknell student documentary, Missing Seeds: The True Story of the Banana Workers' Fight for Survival in Nicaragua.
Missing Seeds will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 19, at noon. The film, which is free to the public, will be followed by a panel discussion with the student filmmakers.
The student group spent three weeks in June filming the documentary on the effects of the pesticide Nemagon on banana workers. Banned since 1979 in the United States, Nemagon is used in many Central American countries, the Caribbean and the Philippines to kill worms that ruin bananas. Many health studies have shown that Nemagon has led to harmful effects such as breast and uterine cancers, infertility, skin problems and miscarriages.
The student film crew met with banana workers camping outside the capital city of Managua who are protesting the use of the pesticide, visited plantations, and interviewed workers and their leaders to gather 25 hours of footage. The trip was funded through a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace grant. For more information, visit www.hearoutyellow.org.
Festival begins Oct. 17
The festival, which has grown increasingly popular, will screen 12 films in seven days and host four visiting filmmakers.
The festival begins with a special showing at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, of Brotherhood: Life in the FDNY, a tribute to those who came to fight the Campus Theatre fire and to all local area firefighters and EMS personnel who volunteer to keep their communities safe.
Peter Wiley, a filmmaker who is making a documentary about firefighters, said, "I was here the night of June 29 when the fire occurred and, if it hadn't been for their quick response, things could've been much worse. This is a great civic-minded event for the Campus. I hope a lot of people attend to support our local firefighters."
Lewisburg Penitentiary film premiere
Another highlight is the festival's final night on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. with the first-ever screening of Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House, the Academy Award-nominated documentary about the Lewisburg Penitentiary, one of only two federal maximum security prisons in the country.
In 1990, filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond were granted exclusive access to the penitentiary that hasn't been given before or since. The filmmakers will be present for a question-and-answer session after the film.
"We're really lucky to have Alan and Susan here," said Mary Bannon, executive director of the Campus Theatre. "They're very well-known documentary filmmakers, having been nominated for the Academy Award several times and winning just four years ago. They started their career with the famous documentary, An American Family, in the '70s."
Moderating the Q & A will be the Academy Award-nominated director of Murderball and previous Campus Theatre artist-in-residence, Dana Adam Shapiro.
The Raymonds' latest film, Hard Times at Douglass High, a view of the controversial No Child Left Behind Act through the experiences of staff and students of Baltimore's Frederick Douglass High School, will be shown at 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and will be followed by a Q & A. Tickets are $5 for both Raymond films.
'For the Bible Tells Me So'
Daniel Karslake, the director of For the Bible Tells Me So, will entertain questions after the screening of his film at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. The film, which is free to the public, is sponsored by Bucknell's Office of LGBT Awareness. The movie examines the intersection between the Bible, religion and homosexuality. Fran McDaniel, director of Bucknell's Office of LGBT Awareness, explains, "The film clears up a lot of confusion surrounding biblical interpretation of certain passages which may refer to homosexuality. It's really quite fascinating and eye-opening."
Other films that will be shown during the festival include American Teen, a biting cinema verite on seniors at an Indiana high school; Man on Wire, the astonishing and famous 1974 high wire "crime" of Philippe Petit; Moving Midway, a revelatory drama about a man's southern ancestral family home; Gonzo, a compelling portrait of the late journalist, Hunter S. Thompson; and Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog's latest documentary about Antarctica.
For a complete schedule and more information, check the website at www.campustheatre.org or call the theatre office at 570-524-9629. The Campus Theatre is at 413 Market St. in downtown Lewisburg.
Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for Campus Theatre members (with membership card); $6 for students (with ID) and senior citizens (65 and over); $5 for children (12 and under). A Festival pass is available for $35.
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