November 2, 7pm
(There will be a 15-minute intermission between the films and Q&A following Know Your Mushrooms.)
$7 general public, $6 (DCAS members)
In The Wake of the Flood
featuring Margaret Atwood
(2010, 47 min)
On the eve of her 70th birthday, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood
set out on an international tour crisscrossing the British Isles and North America by train to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood. Rather than mount a traditional tour to promote a book’s publication, Atwood conceived and executed something far more ambitious and revelatory—a theatrical version of her novel. Along the way she reinvented what a book tour could be. But Atwood wasn’t selling books as much as advocating an idea: how humanity must respond to the consequences of an environmentally compromised planet before her work of speculative fiction transforms into prophesy. And that response must start by putting a stop to the rapid disappearance of earth’s canary in the coal mine: migratory song birds. Atwood’s odyssey is rendered as a fly-on-the-wall cinéma vérité film that mixes new footage, archival materials and evocative animation in, featuring Atwood on the road and at home as an aging but buoyant literary rock star spreading a message of warning and as she staged and participated in the novel production.
Know Your Mushrooms
(2009, 73 min)
Know Your Mushrooms follows über myco visionaries Gary Lincoff and Larry Evans (two of the more expert and unforgettably mercurial characters in the community) as they lead us on a hunt for the wild mushroom and the deeper cultural experiences attached to the mysterious fungi. Combining material filmed at the Telluride Mushroom Fest with animation and archival footage along with a neo-psychedelic soundtrack by the Flaming Lips, Know Your Mushrooms opens the doors to perception, takes the audience on a longer, stranger trip and delivers them to a brave new world where the fungi might well guide humanity to a saner, safer place… with extra cheese.
Master Class with Ron Mann
November 3, 7-10pm
$20 general public, $15 DCAS members
Documentary filmmaker Ron Mann reflects on 30 years of independent
filmmaking in Canada. RON MANN considers himself a cultural historian more then a documentary filmmaker.”I make films about my heros” he says, which include jazz musicians, beat poets, comic book artists, mushroom enthusiasts, and most recently Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. In this rare appearance, Ron will share stories of his experience making and distributing his fiercely independent films, ultimately about pop and counter-cultural subjects he loves.