MCC Presents January Film Series

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 5, 2009) - The MCC Film Club and Diversity and Multicultural Awareness Committee at Manatee Community College (MCC) will begin its 2009 Film Series beginning with "To Each his Own Camera" at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 16, in the Art and Design Building, room 115, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

A 2007 French anthology film commissioned for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, this film is a collection of 33 short films made by a group of 35 directors, hailing from five continents and 25 different countries. The participants each made their own three-minute film on the theme of the movie theatre, a place sacred to the world's film buffs. The film was produced by Gilles Jacob.

"Shadow Magic" will be presented at 2 p.m., Jan. 22, at MCC Venice, 8000 South Tamiami Trail, and at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 27, in the Art and Design Building, room 115, at MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

This film takes place in 1902 Beijing, where an enterprising young portrait photographer, Liu Jinglun, who is keen on new technology, befriends a newly arrived Englishman who's brought a projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. Liu's work with Wallace brings him into conflict with tradition and his father's authority, further complicated by his falling in love with Ling, star of Beijing's traditional opera. Liu sees movies as his chance to become wealthy and worthy of Ling. This film was directed by Ann Hu and stars Jared Harris and Yu Xia.

Admission is free. For more information, call Del Jacobs at (941) 752-5593.

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