For Immediate Release                                                   

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.

Contact:  David Allgood

205-758-5195, x5




(Tuscaloosa)  The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County will again bring new and unique film to the West Alabama area with the second run of the Bama Art House Film Series.  The series will feature eight films, each screening one night only.  Opening the series, the film Greenberg will screen on June 8, 2010 at 8 pm with an opening reception at 7 pm.  Discounted complete series subscription tickets are available at ($40 adults/$30 students and seniors) and individual tickets will be available at the Bama box office prior to screenings ($7 general/$6 students and seniors/$5 Arts Council members). 


The mission of the Bama Art House series is to bring current and contemporary independent film to Tuscaloosa, transforming the historic Bama Theatre into a cinematic Art House one night a week.  For complete information and a chance to view trailers from each film, visit the site at or join the Facebook group, Bama Art House Film Series.


Bama Art House Series:

(Each film is one night only)


Greenberg – June 8

The first film of the series this year is Noah Baumbach's new comedy Greenberg.  Baumbach's work ranges from his 1995 debut cult classic Kicking and Screaming, to more recent fare like the critically acclaimed The Squid and the Whale, and 2007's Margot at the Wedding.  Baumbach's films all have a very esoteric and conversational feel and are all very funny in their own way.  He has a knack for the nuances of American speech, and Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller, is no different.  True to form like his other work, A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls it, "The funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest." 

The Secret of the Kells – June 15

The Secret of the Kells was nominated for an Oscar in the Animated Feature category this year.  An Irish-French-Belgian co-production, the film has some serious pedigree - especially since the producers of the film were attached to The Triplets of Bellville, another independent animation critical hit from 2003.  The critics have been raving about Secret since it first made its way to the U.S.  "A glorious throwback to the more stylized, painterly work of decades past," says Kenneth Turran of the L.A. Times.  "The kind of vividly colored, fanciful pictorials that are usually confined to the small-scale realm of animated shorts."

The Ghost Writer – June 22

The Ghost Writer, directed by controversial figure Roman Polanski, is a thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Olivia Williams. Polanski is noted for his attention to the directing process and the patient pace he's brought to films from Chinatown to The Pianist.  As Roger Ebert says about this one, "Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting."

The White Ribbon – June 29
The White Ribbon, the German critical smash that won the Palme d'Or at Cannes last year, is the fourth film in the summer series.  This greatly anticipated film has been hailed not only as a critical success but also as a kind of socio-political touchstone.  Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says, "Shot in stunning black-and-white by the gifted Christian Berger, The White Ribbon is a toxic blossom of images that burn into your memory." But he also warns, "Don't let anyone tell you too much about this spellbinder from Austria..."

A Prophet – July 6
A Prophet, the explosive French gangster film that won the grand prize at Cannes, is the fifth film of the summer series. The story revolves around a young Arabic man sent to prison and his gradual transition into a mafia kingpin.  Another critical success, Manhola Dargis of the New York Times calls it, "One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices."  A brilliantly acted, smart midsummer gangster film from France.


The Secret in Their Eyes – July 13

The Secret in Their Eyes, the surprise Best Foreign Film this year at the Oscars, is the sixth feature of the summer series. This Argentinean murder mystery has been heralded for its rapid pace, tight plot and old school thriller properties.  Bob Mondello of NPR labels the film "A taut murder mystery with a political conscience.”


No One Knows About Persian Cats – July 20
An Iranian movie about indie-rock, the film focuses on a group of young rock and rollers that want what every young person with a guitar wants: to turn it up and make it loud.  Their goal is easier said than done in Iran.  The film, which maintains an almost documentary feel due largely to the fact that the two leads are playing themselves in roles and situations that are basically based on real events, also had its debut at Cannes.  Persian Cats, from the well known Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, is also a critical success, with Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post writing, "Ghobadi has emerged as a filmmaker whose gift for poetic realism was only equaled by an unerring sense of precisely when and how to break the viewer's heart."

Please Give – July 27
Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give, ends the summer series with a light American indie comedy.  Starring Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as a husband and wife duo who run an antiques store in New York City, the film is a study on what's commonly called "white liberal guilt" but what might be better described as that amorphous feeling of wanting to help but being too completely incompetent and self absorbed to do any real good.  “Though it may seem at first that Please Give divides people between the selfish and the guilty, with a few normal folks around the edges, that does not turn out to be the case," writes Kenneth Turran of the L.A. Times. "This is a film that focuses on the tiny moments of connection and consolation that sustain us in a hard-edged world because they are all we have."





Dr. Kevin Ledgewood
Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc./Bama Theatre 
P.O. Box 1117
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403
phone: 205-758-5195, x6
fax: 205-345-2787
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