UNION MAIDS Directed by Jim Klein: 50 minutes, 1976, Documentary March 5, 2013 / 7:30 pm / St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally, the energetic birth of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO): the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived it and make history come alive today. Oscar-nominated Union Maids is one of the earliest oral history documentaries. Read more about the film Union Maids here. SCOUT’S HONOR Directed by Tom Shepard: 60 minutes, 2001, Documentary March 5, 2013 / 7:30 pm / St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay Scout’s Honor traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The story is told predominantly through the experiences of a 13-year old boy and a 70-year-old man — both heterosexual, both dedicated to the Scouts, and both determined to change the course of scouting history. Scout’s Honor won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as well as Grand Prize at the 2001 USA Film Festival and Best Social Issue Documentary by the Council on Family Relations and was broadcast nationally on PBS’s Point of View. Read more about the film Scout’s Honor here. JOIN DIRECTORS JIM KLEIN AND TOM SHEPARD FOR A POST-SHOW DISCUSSION ON MARCH 5, 2013! St. John Film Society welcomes visiting filmmaker and New Day cooperative founder, Jim Klein. Jim Klein has been active in the American independent film community since 1969 and today directs, edits, consults, and teaches film at Wright State University. Klein and partner Julia Reichert’s extensive filmography includes Oscar-nominated Union Maids, one of the first oral history films and the film that will be shown on March 5; Growing Up Female, the first documentary about women from a feminist perspective; Methadone: An American Way Of Dealing, the first film to challenge government policies on heroin addiction; and Oscar-nominated Seeing Red, the first documentary film on American Communists. ; Growing Up Female, the first documentary about women from a feminist perspective; Methadone: An American Way Of Dealing, the first film to challenge government policies on heroin addiction; and Oscar-nominated Seeing Red, the first documentary film on American Communists. St. John Film Society welcomes visiting filmmaker and New Day cooperative member, Tom Shepard. Shepard produced and directed Scout’s Honor. The Stanford graduate’s filmography includes Knocking, about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their contributions to medicine and civil liberties; Whiz Kids, about Intel Science Talent Search competitors — a competition Shepard won in 1987; The Grove, about AIDS and the nature of remembrance. Shepard has worked at National Public Radio (NPR) as an editor for Linda Wertheimer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and co-produced Listening to America, an audio documentary on the history of public radio in America. JOIN US FOR ANOTHER INSPIRING EVENING OF FILM...
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Welcome to the 2017 season of the St. John Film Society. This year we will be screening films from the Caribbean basin including Trinidad, Bequia, St. Thomas, New Orleans to name a few. We hope to see you in the audience!
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THE UNFORESEEN a documentary by Laura Dunn, produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick (88 min) 2007 Winner Independent Spirit Award 2008 “The best film at the 2007 Sundance Film festival, hands down…” Roger Koehler, Variety The tragedy of overdevelopment is made painfully clear in this film that traces the ambition of a Texas developer and the threats his project imposes on the local environment. When the development threatens the local treasure Barton Springs, a fragile limestone aquifer and spring-fed swimming hole, the community organizes to fight back. Contains clips from interviews with Robert Redford, Willie Nelson, Wendell Berry and Texas governor Ann Richards. “The kind of transformative viewing experience that has made the current period a golden age for nonfiction film.”
“Milagro” is the Spanish word for “miracle” THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR by Robert Redford (117 min) 1988 “Whimsical, yet credible” This enjoyable tale of a small village’s fight over water rights is told with magical realism and humor. The residents of a small humble New Mexican agricultural community are threatened when big business appropriates their water rights to supply a posh housing development, thus depriving them of their one source of livelihood, crop raising. One man courageously stands up to fight the usurpers and causes division within the community. Stars Ruben Blades, Sonia Braga, Melanie Griffith, Daniel Stern and John Heard. ” … a populist fable set in some beautiful New Mexican landscapes about one stubborn Chicano’s battle against an uncaring system.” The New York Times