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     THE LINGUISTS
U.S.A., 2008, 65 mins, Color

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

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Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Screenwriter: Daniel A. Miller
Executive Producers: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Cinematographers: Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger 
Editors: Seth Kramer, Anne Barliant

www.thelinguists.com


OFFICIAL SELECTION 2008 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Like modern-day explorers, the two academics featured in The Linguists travel to forgotten places around the globe to unearth rare treasures—in this case, endangered languages. On a shoestring budget, professors David Harrison and Gregory Anderson navigate difficult terrain, searching for speakers of these forgotten and mostly hidden languages. While more than 7,000 different languages are currently spoken around the world, many are rapidly disappearing. Language diversity is shrinking as colonialism and economic unrest destroy traditional tribal tongues. When young people abandon their ancestral language, the passive suppression of their culture begins, and soon those languages will cease to exist. 

Joining a traditional ceremony in a remote village in India, observing a Kallawaya healing ritual in Bolivia, and completing an arduous journey into Siberia are all part and parcel of heeding the urgent call. The word connoisseurs are well suited for the monumental task of researching and documenting native tongues; they speak 25 languages between them. These humble ethnographers are in a race against time to preserve the increasingly rare words, which are intricately linked to the vanishing traditions and heritage of Indigenous populations. Well-paced and laced with humor, The Linguists serves as an insightful, contemporary adventure film with a strong emphasis on cultural history.
    --Courtesy of 2008 Sundance Film Festival
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger
Seth Kramer and Daniel A. Miller have been producing documentaries together for more than a decade, including the America Rebuilds (2002–6) and Great Projects (2002) series for PBS. Kramer was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming for Resistance (PBS, 2002), while Miller was nominated for The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (PBS, 1997). 

Jeremy Newberger innovated some of the Web’s first video content, transforming the “webisode” into an indispensable business and advertising tool. He is currently executive producer of The Fantastic Two, a serial Web comedy starring William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
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          KARMA GENERATOR
U.S.A., 2008, 25 mins, Color

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Director: Brad and Brian Kelly

Behind the scenes of the recording of former Verve Pipe frontman Brian Vander Ark's new solo album. The album is produced by legendary producer Bill Szymczyk.

 
Showings
06/14/08 11:30 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 
06/15/08 11:30 AMVenue 3 (HS)
Saugatuck High School Auditorium
401 Elizabeth Street
 


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