ACV To Screen Indie Docs At ‘Art House 101’

Press Release -- January 7th, 2011

The Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) announces Art House 101, a new film festival celebrating the visual and performing arts January 20, 21, and 22.

The purpose of Art House 101 is two-fold. First, this is a celebration of the arts in its diverse forms. ACV believes the arts are foundational to a vibrant community and want to encourage the public to consider the role of art in their lives. Second, this festival provides an opportunity to educate the community on the mission of Court Square Theater (CST). CST is an intimate art house that celebrates the independent and foreign films as well as unique theater, music, and dance.

Helvetica: Friday, January 21 at 9 p.m., and Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Imagine a world full of brain-sucking zombies so ubiquitous you don’t even notice them anymore – until they’ve chowed on your melon. THAT’S Helvetica. Okay, okay, so it’s not really about zombies. It’s about the creation of Helvetica, a font so common and, to some, so bland, it’s seen as a lurking menace stealing all that’s good and beautiful in graphic design and typography. How can anyone have such strong feelings about a FONT?!

Watch Helvetica and see why good documentaries are about passion as much as they are about their subject. Watch Helvetica and we dare you not to care about fonts when it’s over.

Helvetica is showing Friday, January 21 at 9 p.m., and Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

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Note By Note: Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m., and Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m.

12,000 parts, 450 craftsmen, 12 months. . .1 piano. Follow the making of a Steinway (serial number L1037 for you musical trainspotters out there) from forest floor to concert hall. You won’t be surprised by the amount of fine craftsmanship but you’ll also discover so much love and nurturing, you’ll feel like you’re watching a documentary about childbirth (no epidural required).

Harry Connick Jr., Hank Jones and others stop in to talk about what it’s like play their masterpieces ON a masterpiece. Hint: it would be like Botticelli using the Mona Lisa as a canvas.

Note By Note is showing Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m., and Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m.

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Breath Made Visible: Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, January 22 at 9 p.m.

Anna Halprin was a modern dancer who “lived to dance.” Now, in her eighties and still dancing, Anna “dances to live” and continues teaching others how to do the same. Long before American pop culture became enamored with dancing celebrities, Anna Halprin recognized the power and beauty of dance, not just as an artistic art form but as a healing one.

Using kinesthetic awareness, she taught dancers to use everyday movement to tell a story, evoke emotion and create community. Archival footage highlights Anna’s life, her performances and her key role in developing postmodern dance.

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Professors can arrange private screenings of the films for the week of January 24-28, 2011 between 8 am.-2 p.m. (start times).

January 20, 21, and 22, 2010
Thursday: 7 pm Breath Made Visible, 9 pm Note By Note
Friday: 7 pm Note By Note, 9 pm Helvetica
Saturday: 7 pm Helvetica, 9 pm Breath Made Visible

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