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Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Spring Film Schedule

Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Spring Film Schedule

The Shepherdstown Film Society is pleased to announce its spring, 2009 series. This season marks the beginning of a new partnership with the Scarborough Society of Shepherd University. This partnership will give the Shepherdstown Film Society the financial support it needs to maintain its commitment to show free films for Shepherd students and faculty, and the Shepherdstown community. The Film Society will also continue to present films in collaboration with Shepherd University programs such as Black History Month.
Five films will be presented, starting on January 30 and running through April 17. An opening night reception at the Shepherdstown Men's Club (102 East German Street, Shepherdstown) will kick off the series from 5:30 to 6:30pm on Friday, January 30.
The spring series presents three films honoring film legends Sidney Pollack, Paul Newman and Jules Dassin who died in 2008 along with two addition features to round out the schedule.
All films will be shown on Fridays at 7pm in Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall. Admission is free and each showing will be followed by a discussion. More information on each film can be found on the Society's website at The film schedule will be as follows:
January 30: "Tootsie"
February 6: "A Solder's Story"
February 20: "Rififi"
March 27: "Cool Hand Luke"
April 17: "Meet John Doe"
Details of the films follow below, in the order in which the films are being shown:
January 30: "Tootsie" (1982, 116 minutes, directed by Sydney Pollack). The late Sydney Pollack directed and acted in this comedy. Dustin Hoffman as Michael and Tootsie plays an actor with more method than is good for him. Unable to find work as the unmanageable Michael, he becomes a soap opera heroine as Tootsie with an increasingly complicated professional and personal life. He (she) could have been a host on "The View." This film won a best supporting actress Oscar for Jessica Lange plus 9 other nominations. Rated: PG.
February 6: "A Soldier's Story" (1984, 101 minutes, directed by Norman Jewison). In the deep South during World War II a black sergeant is killed while returning to his base. Initially, the white people of the area are suspected. Through a series of flashbacks we find there are tensions between the sergeant and his platoon. A tough black army attorney is brought in to find out the truth. The cast includes a young future Oscar winner Denzel Washington. The film was nominated for three Oscars including best picture. Rated: PG. This is a special presentation as part of Shepherd University's Black History Month program and is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs. The post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Dawne Burke, Assistant Professor of Education at Shepherd University.
February 20: "Rififi" (France, 1955, 122 minutes, directed by Jules Dassin). Jules Dassin, who had directed a number of American film noir classics, set this tense, intricate and stylish caper in Paris and won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. The safe-cracking scene at the center of the film occupies a quarter of the running time and is played entirely without dialogue or music, intensifying the suspense. This film is performed in French and Italian with English Subtitles. Not rated.
March 17: "Cool Hand Luke" (1967, 126 minutes, directed by Stuart Rosenberg). Paul Newman plays Luke in one of his signature roles as a cool, gutsy prisoner in a Southern chain gang who refuses to buckle under to authority. Newman was nominated for best actor and George Kennedy won an Oscar for best supporting actor. Not rated.
April 17: "Meet John Doe" (1941, 122 minutes, directed by Frank Capra). Barbara Stanwyck plays a newspaper columnist who has been laid off. Infuriated, she prints a fake letter from the unemployed "John Doe," threatening suicide in protest of society's ills. When the note causes a sensation, the newspaper is forced to rehire her and decides to hire Gary Cooper, a former baseball player and tramp, to play John Doe. The Doe philosophy spreads across the country, developing into a political movement. Complications and romance, of course, arise. Not rated.
For further information about the Society and its films, visit their website or contact Lisa Welch at 304-876-1837 (email or Mina Goodrich at 304-876-2159 (email

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