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The Kalamazoo Film Society is sponsoring five films at Celebration Cinemas this month, which is a big change from the restrictions of the last year. President Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini talked with Cara Lieurance about the different films - Nomadland, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Land, and The World To Come -  and gave a reminder that the KFS is offering a $1000 grant for regional filmmakers who apply by May 1. 


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Starting Friday, Nov 13 at Celebration Cinemas in Portage, the Kalamazoo Film Society is sponsoring two new releases: "Ammonite," directed by Francis Lee, and "The Climb," directed by Michael Angelo Covino. KFS president Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini introduce the films in a conversation with Cara Lieurance.


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Celebration Cinemas in Portage, which partners with the Kalamazoo Film Society, re-opened on Oct 16. KFS president Dhera Strauss and member Madeline Cimini talked to Cara Lieurance about what it felt like to return to the theater, and to discuss the two films the Society is currently sponsoring: Sophia Coppola's On The Rocks, and Aaron Sorkin's The Trial Of The Chicago Seven.


Filmmaker Dhera Strauss, the incoming president of the Kalamazoo Film Society, joins Cara Lieurance to share the details about the award-winning films coming to Kalamazoo in November. One is Parasite, from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, which won the Palm d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. 

Kelly Wittenberg, an assistant professor at Western Michigan University, talks about her recent trip to the San Francisco Film Festival, where her short film, "Representative," won the award for Best Experimental Short Film.

The Kalamazoo Film Society and Crossroads Cinema Celebration in Portage partner to present at least one showing a day. For tickets and more information, visit the Kalamazoo Film Society website or the theater's website. 


Mike Marchak says he thinks the essence of film boils down to the relationships on screen, regardless of the language, culture, or geographical location of the story. As president of the Kalamazoo Film Society, Marchak's main task has been to help select which films to bring to west Michigan each month. His tenure will be ending in December, and Dhera Strauss, a documentary filmmaker and professor emerita of Kalamazoo College, will become the Society's president. For her, the essence of film is story.

To illustrate, Strauss and Marchak talk about the four films presented by the KFS in October. They are the documentary For Sama, featuring the personal footage of a Syrian filmaker as she grappled with documenting war in Aleppo and her own pregnancy; the Milwaukee-set comedy of misfits Give Me Liberty, helmed by a self-referencing Russian-American director; the comedy Tel Aviv on Fire, a cross-border story of an Israeli man who finds himself working on the set of a Palestinian soap opera; and Monos (opens Oct 18), a thriller in which a child guerilla group armed with maching guns abducts an American tourist.

The Kalamazoo Film Society and Crossroads Cinema Celebration in Portage partner to present at least one showing a day. For tickets and more information, visit the Kalamazoo Film Society website or the theater's website.

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