Support CAE — Oct. 5 to 18

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Date/Time: 05/10/2007 12:00 am

Strange Culture, the film about Steve Kurtz’s case, will be at Cinema
Village for 2 weeks only, and its future distribution to other cities (and
hence how many people will learn about the case) is totally dependent on how
well it does in NYC. We encourage all to see it.
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Featuring Peter Coyote, Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Cassie Powell,
Wallace Shawn
OCTOBER 5-18, 2007
CINEMA VILLAGE 22 East 12th Street New York, NY 10003 212.924.3363
Showtimes & Tickets
WATCH TRAILER: http://www.strangeculture.net/media/qthi-strangeculture.mov

The surreal legal nightmare of internationally acclaimed artist and
professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep of heart
failure. Police arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz’s art, and called the
FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected bioterrorist, as
dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his
computers, manuscripts, books, cat, and even his wife’s body. Today Kurtz
and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the
Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of
Public Health, await a trial date.
“Probably the best and certainly the most urgent film in Sundance 2007’s
Frontier section.” –Dennis Lim, INDIEWIRE
“Younger filmmakers should be looking to Hershman Leeson for lessons on how
to reinvent old forms while at the same time telling an urgently topical
story. The director not only breaks the fourth wall, she reduces it to
plaster dust.” –John Anderson, VARIETY
“Why should this case concern us? If the government can just detain
willy-nilly, find no cause and still move forward, it’s a gross abuse of
human rights… STRANGE CULTURE is an important heads-up to what’s going on
in our country right now in the name of national security, and a brilliant
statement on artistic freedom and the dangers it faces. This film should be
seen, should be discussed and is an important document on our times.” –Mark