Documentary Salon: 'Darwin' (Nick Brandestini, 2010)

Monday, October 24, 2011
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Melnitz Hall - James Bridges Theater

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Free tickets will be available at the box office the night of the event, beginning at 6:30pm.


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'Darwin' is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place without government, a church, jobs, or children. The near ghost town's survival depends on the fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top-secret weapons are being tested. The film tells the story of a uniquely American place and yet a place that is unique even within America.

Curated by Marina Goldovskaya and presented by the Documentary Salon, there will be a Q&A with Writer/Co-Producer Taylor Segrest and Co-Producer Sandra Ruch after the screening.

Best Documentary, Zurich Film Festival. Special Jury Mention, DocAviv International Film Festival. Audience Award, Sonoma International Film Festival. Artistic Vision Award, Big Sky Film Festival. Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Official Selection, Austin Film Festival. Official Selection, Ojai Film Festival. Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival.

"DARWIN is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning." -Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times. "...undeniable poetry...affectionately documented" -Peter Debruge, Variety. "We can only marvel at their candor when faced with Nick Brandestini's camera..." - Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times. "Atmospheric...captivating." -Eric Monder, Film Journal. "Exquisite... The stuff that used to comprise novels... Recommended." -Ernest Hardy, Village Voice.

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