GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD—THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, GO ALL OF US

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GREAT SPEECHES FROM A DYING WORLD    (2008)     92 MINUTES DOCUMENTARY      D:    LINAS PHILLIPS

PLAYS:    FRIDAY  DECEMBER  5TH TO THURSDAY DECEMBER  11TH,  AT: 7    AND     9 PM.

DIRECTOR PRESENT AT OPENING WEEKEND SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!!AN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BY NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ITSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Director Linas Phillips (WALKING TO WERNER), will also be teaching NWFFs How to Interview Class on Saturday, December 3rd from 123pm.  Attendees are encouraged to bring clips from works in progress for feedback, $20.00 for members, $25.00 for the General Public.

In this compassionate look at 12 different homeless individuals in Seattle, (after we get to know how they got to where they are today), they quote portions of some of the great speeches from some of the most important literature ever written.  They include such authors as John Donne, Shakespeare, JFK, and God (for those Biblical believers among us).  Each speech is carefully chosen to reflect the circumstances of each person, (I found Jonas’ speech particularly moving, myself) and resonates strongly with the viewer.  In fact, watching this film gave me an idea how to resolve the conflict I have had with how to help them in a way that will really work for me.  Thanks, Linas!

It’s wonderful that we have so many filmmaker/activists, who have constantly drawn attention to the unseen people among us.  Besides G.S.F.A.D.W., films such as STREET KIDS (which takes place in Vancouver, and was one of the earliest modern docs to draw attention to the crisis), and DARK DAYS (which took place in Penn Station), well, they also define how film documents how we treat these people in a truly powerful way.

Considering the inhabitants of Nickelstown live here, this film’s approach of telling us about each person in a truly personal way is an excellent way for us to remember, there but for the grace of God, go I.  And consider what we can do to change things, in whatever small way we can.

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