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A moving comedy opens Arts Council film series
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Small, Beautifully Moving Parts’

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

When: Dinner 6 p.m., screening 7 p.m. Sept. 20

Where: Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville

How much: $15 adults, $13 students and seniors; $38 for six-film series

More info:, 770-534-2787

The Arts Council, Gainesville State College and South Arts present the first of six independent films in the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

“Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” will be screened Thursday at The Smithgall Arts Center.

To kick off the series, visitors are invited to a catered dinner beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the movie at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and include dinner, movie and a reception afterward with the director.

The film, an SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, centers on technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman), who becomes pregnant. Her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away.

Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-directed this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the Internet age.

Notable film reviewer Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times that the film “is effortlessly engaging in introducing us to the characters.” He refers to Hollyman as having “a lovable screen presence” with “the sort of charm we felt from the first films of Sandra Bullock or Greta Gerwig.”

Upcoming films in the series include “Otis Under Sky,” Oct. 18 at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building; “Smokin’ Fish,” Nov. 8, at Gainesville State; “Girl Model,” Feb. 14 at Gainesville State; “Free China,” March 28 at the Smithgall Arts Center; and “Strong!” April 18 at the Smithgall Arts Center. Each screening includes a meet and greet afterward with the director.

Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at the Arts Council website, Tickets may be ordered online or by calling 770-534-2787.

Series tickets are $38 per person. Individual tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and seniors.

For tickets and more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit