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     A SMALL ACT
U.S.A., 2009, 90 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Director: Jennifer Arnold 
Screenwriter: Jennifer Arnold 
Executive Producers: Sheila Nevins, Joan Huang 
Producer: Jennifer Arnold, Patti Lee, Jeffrey Soros 
Cinematographer: Patti Lee 
Editors: Carl Pfirman, Tyler Hubby 
Composer: Joel Goodman


www.asmallact.com


OFFICIAL SELECTION
2010 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL


As an impoverished boy in Kenya, Chris Mburu's life was dramatically changed when an anonymous Swedish woman sponsored his primary and secondary education. Now a Harvard-educated human-rights lawyer, he hopes to replicate the generosity he once received by founding his own scholarship fund to aid a new generation. The challenges Mburu faces instituting his new program seem at times insurmountable but lead him down the path to discovery. Who is Hilde Back, the person who signed the checks that gave him a chance to succeed?

With clarity and grace, Jennifer Arnold's film bears cinematic witness to the lasting ramifications of a small ripple of human kindness. Using a strong narrative thread, she unearths fascinating accounts and weaves them together seamlessly. It doesn't hurt that her subjects have pure motivations and back stories to match. The secret of A Small Act was destined to be discovered, if only to remind and inspire others to take such a chance—and change a life.
    --Courtesy of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Jennifer Arnold
Jennifer Arnold graduated from UCLA and University of Nairobi with a B.A. in African History and returned to UCLA for a MFA in Film. Her award-winning film, "Maid of Honor" screened at Sundance before airing on HBO/Cinemax and Film 4. Jennifer returned to Sundance with her internet series, "The Mullet Chronicles," which was developed into the documentary, "American Mullet", released by Palm Pictures and Lionsgate (which also played at Waterfront Film Festival). Jennifer also co-directed a documentary for Ethan Coen and wrote a motorcross script, "Speedway", which was selected for Berlin Talent Campus’ script clinic, IFP's No Borders and FIND’s Directors Lab / Fast Track Program.
PRECEDED BY SHORT FILM

          PRAYERS FOR PEACE
U.S.A., 2009, 7 mins, Animated

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

Director: Dustin Grella

Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as
the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in
Iraq.

 
Showings
06/11/10 07:00 PMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 
06/12/10 09:00 AMVenue 2 (SCA)
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
 


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