May Six-Week Class Films Announced

Two feature films will be going through the upcoming six-week class starting May 18th. The first is a narrative titled Winter's Bone, which comes to us from the award winning filmmakers, Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini. Debra won the Director's Award for the film Down to the Bone at Sundance in 2004 -- Anne Rosellini was the producer on the film. Winter's Bone tells the story of Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old high school dropout who has to track down her father before creditors seize the house that he put up for bond before he disappeared. Failure, as they say, is not an option — or else Ree, her young siblings and their mother will be turned out into the Ozark woods. The second class film is a documentary titled Up Heartbreak Hill that follows high school seniors who live on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. They are contemplating what they will do after graduation -- stay in their community – a place inextricably woven into the fiber of their being – or leave, in pursuit of educational and economic opportunities. They are constantly struggling to reconcile their desires with their sense of obligation to the community that helps define them. The choices they make will have ramifications not just for themselves and for their families, but for the town in which they’ve spent their entire lives.