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Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
November 14, 2007 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm EST
A Map With Gaps (2006), directed by Alice Nelson, uses a combination of archive audio recordings, still photographs, drama reconstruction, and animation. This surreal and comic tale is an account of a journey made by the director’s father through Soviet Russia in the early 1970s in a van he built and named “Supervan.” Truth can indeed be stranger then fiction, and sometimes the area between the two is the most interesting place to explore.
In Today’s Man (2006), directed by Lizzie Gottlieb, Nicky Gottlieb is a young man struggling to leave the comfort and safety of his parents’ home and find his place in the world. While he can calculate the square root of any number in the blink of an eye, he has trouble reading the simplest of facial expressions, making social interaction difficult. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. This loving portrait by his filmmaker sister is both a personal exploration of one family’s journey and a broader effort to understand this mysterious disorder.
Part of iEAR Presents!, co-sponsored by the Department of the Arts at RPI and funded in part by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
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