Four Provocative Films – CU Film Experts 

In this inaugural series, we focus on the art of filming nature to discover the creative approaches filmmakers use to illuminate an environmental cause and create emotional impact.

Film series includes:
Jan. 21 – Jurassic Park
Feb. 18 – Microcosmos
March 17 – Natural Resistance
April 21 – Burden of Dreams

All four films will include introductions and lively post-film discussions led by renowned public radio film critic and CU film expert, Howie Movshovitz.

Jurassic Park – Film 1 of 4
On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotanist, a mathematician/theorist and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park — and help calm anxious investors. However, their park visit is anything but tranquil as the park’s security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out and the excitement builds to surprising results.

Microcosmos – Film 2 of 4
Explore the wonders of the insect world as never before possible as the filmmakers take you on a magical journey underground in this feature that will captivate audiences both young and old. Specially designed cameras take viewers beneath the surface of the earth and into areas previously considered inaccessible to the prying eye of the camera lens as microscopic creatures tower over the screen and perform Herculean tasks worthy of the most formidable human athlete. From the love shared between two snails to the bizarre plight of the dung beetle and the menacing beauty of the spider weaving his wondrous web, this film will make you think twice about stepping on that ant or casually killing that spider on the windowsill.

Natural Resistance – Film 3 of 4
Natural Resistance follows four Italian winegrowers who live the life we all dream of: Giovanna Tiezzi lives in a converted 11th century monastery, and grows grains, fruit and wine in a way that links to his ancient heritage. Corrado Dottori is a refugee from industrial Milan, who inherited his grandfather’s farmstead and tends to it as an expression of agricultural social justice. Elena Pantaleoni works her father’s vineyards and strives to create a utopian reality. Finally, Stefano Belloti, the controversial radical farmer-poet, disrupts the long established rules of farming from his avant-garde property in the Piedmont. Each of these farmers have encountered a fierce resistance as they struggle to make their dreams of a natural, sustainable and ecologically just winemaking industry a reality. These natural winemakers stand up against the “New World Economic Order” to offer a model of charmed and joyous resistance, hoping to stir the hidden rebel in all of us.

Burden of Dreams – Film 4 of 4
An extraordinary feature-length documentary about the messianic German director Werner Herzog struggling against desperate odds in the Amazon basin to make his epic feature, Fitzcarraldo. Not only does he have major casting problems halfway through shooting, but the crew gets caught up in a war between Peru and Ecuador, there are problems with the weather and the morale of cast and crew is falling rapidly.

Event Details

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7 p.m.
$5 per film
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