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Gainesville State offers independent film series
Six films to be shown in series, plus receptions with filmmakers
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"Dear Lemon Lima," directed by Suzi Yoonessi, is a coming-of-age comedy about a lonely 13-year-old half-Yup'ik girl surviving prep school in Fairbanks, Alaska. It will be screened Sept. 16 at the Smithgall Arts Center.

If cinematic art is your thing, there's plenty for you to like in the coming months.

Gainesville State College and South Arts will present the 2010-2011 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, an interactive program that will bring six award-winning independent filmmakers and their films to Hall County.

The films in the series are "Dear Lemon Lima" directed by Suzi Yoonessi; "Children of Invention" directed by Sheila Dvorak; "Reporter" directed by Eric Metzgar; "Do No Harm" directed by Rebecca Schanberg; "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun" producer Kristy Andersen; and "The Electricity Fairy" directed by Tom Hansell. Each film will include a reception with the filmmaker.

Opening the series will be the screening of "Dear Lemon Lima" Sept. 16 at the Smithgall Arts Center at West Academy and Spring streets in Gainesville. It is a coming-of-age comedy about a lonely 13-year-old half-Yup'ik girl surviving prep school in Fairbanks, Alaska. She embraces her native heritage and rediscovers the spirit of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

A barbecue dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students.

The second film in the series is "Children of Invention," to be shown at the Smithgall Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and include the reception.

"Children of Invention" tells the story of Elaine Cheng as she tries to support her young children. With a limited understanding of the culture of her new country, she juggles numerous jobs as the kids are left to fend for themselves.

"Reporter" follows Nicholas D. Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who travels the world in search of his stories. It reveals the man and his methods, and why real reporting is vital to our democracy and our awareness of the world.

"Reporter" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Gainesville State College Continuing Education Building. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and include reception.

"Do No Harm" will be shown Feb. 17 at the Smithgall Arts Center and "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun" will be screened March 17. "The Electricity Fairy" screening will be held April 14 at Gainesville State College. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. for each and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include a dinner prior to screenings and all receptions.
Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at www.theartscouncil.net.

Series and individual tickets may be ordered online or by calling 770-534-2787.

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