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     MAN ON WIRE
UK, 2008, 90 mins, Color/B&W

MIDWEST PREMIERE

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Director: James Marsh
Executive Producer: Jonathan Hewes
Producer: Simon Chinn
Coproducers: Maureen Ryan, Victoria Gregory
Cinematographer: Igor Martinovic
Editor: Jinx Godfrey
 


GRAND JURY PRIZE 2008 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD 2008 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL


August 7, 1974--A young Frenchman named Philippe Petit steps out on a wire suspended 1,350 feet above ground between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. He dances on the wire with no safety net for almost an hour, crossing it eight times before he is arrested for what becomes known as “the artistic crime of the century.”

In the months leading up to his clandestine walk, Petit assembles a team of accomplices to plan and execute his “coup” in the most intricate detail. How do they pull it off? Moving between New York and his secret training camp in rural France, Petit and his team plot every detail. Like a band of professional bank robbers, the tasks they face seem virtually insurmountable. But Petit is a man possessed; nothing will thwart his mission to conquer the world’s tallest buildings.

Unfolding like a delicious heist film, Man on Wire brings Petit’s extraordinary adventure back to life with visceral immediacy ripened with post-9/11 nostalgia. In candid interviews, Petit and all the key participants relish this chance to tell their story. Buoyed with eye-catching archival footage, clever dramatizations, and delightful visual effects, filmmaker James Marsh, like his daring subject, pulls off an astonishing coup.
    --Courtesy of 2008 Sundance Film Festival
James Marsh
James Marsh is a well-known documentary filmmaker, and his work has won numerous British awards for excellence in the documentary field, as well as international prizes. His breakthrough documentary, Troubleman (1994), chronicled the last years of soul singer Marvin Gaye and his murder at the hands of his father. He is also known for The Burger and the King (1996) and Wisconsin Death Trip, which screened at the Venice Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. Marsh’s first dramatic feature film, The King, screened at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2005.
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          HENRI
U.S.A., 2008, 3:02 mins, Color

MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Garth Davis

A man who feels cursed by his extremely tiny hands, discovers the special gift he has because of them.

 
Showings
06/14/08 07:00 PMVenue 1 (SYS)
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