Thursday, May 29, 2014

2 JUNE FILMS @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE


THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE
Director: Greg Williams, USA, 2013, 88 mins.

WHEN: WED JUN 4 | 7:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $9 mbrs. 
23.5 million Americans are living in long term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, but the deeply entrenched social stigma and mass participation in successful anonymous 12-step groups have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades. The media continues to fill this vacuum with sensational depictions of addiction, perpetuating a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional side of a preventable and treatable health condition. In this film, courageous addiction recovery advocates, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities come out of the shadows to share their stories, end discrimination, and save the lives of others just like them. They are part of a passionate new public recovery movement and are fueling a new conversation to transform public opinion and move toward recovery-based solutions.
Trailer:
http://vimeo.com/ondemand/theanonymouspeople/64948005





TWO LIVES
Director: Georg Mass and Judith Kaufman
Germany/Norway, 2012, 97 mins.

WHEN: THU JUN 12 | 7:30 PM
WHERE: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $12, $9 mbrs.  

In 1990, as the Berlin wall has just crumbled, Katrine recalls her past as an orphan in East Germany and recounts her escape to Norway where she was reunited with her family.  The love child of a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II, Katrine is devoted to her family and enjoys a happy life with them until a lawyer asks her and her mother to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children.  Instead, Katrine resists, and a web of secrets and lies is unveiled, until she is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: what carries more weight, the life they have lived together or the lie it is based on?  

Awards: Entry for the German Oscars 

"Seven decades later, the creative well has somehow not yet run dry on the ripple effects of Nazi Germany's offenses, though writer-director Georg Maas's slick and sulky second feature is not another dime-a-dozen Holocaust tragedy." —Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

Trailer: http://youtu.be/TzKBLzVStXY