Ghost World: It’s called America, dude,
learn the rules
Over the next few months, two film series will be highlighting the 4-color world of comic books. First up, on Saturday night (February 21) “Movies On a Big Screen” has Independents: A Guide for the Creative Spirit, a documentary about independent comic artists by filmmaker Chris Brandt. Brandt is “scheduled to appear” to answer questions after the film, and he will be joined by local artists and comics creators Skinner, Ben Schwartz, Paul Allen, Anthony Leano, Stephen R. Buell and Mike Hampton. Most of these guys were written up by the SN&R’s Nick Miller a few months back: I [heart] comics.
And then March and April, the Mondavi Center’s Focus on Film series highlights 3 Oscar-nominated movies based on graphic novels. Movies like these should give hope to anyone who saw “Superman Returns” or the Wolverine movie. American Splendor, the 2004 film starring Paul Giammati, based on Harvey Pekar’s long running comic; Ghost World, which features the only good acting done by Scarlett Johansson that has been captured on film; and finishing with 2007’s Persepolis, an animated feature based on Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran before and after the revolution. Three great films based on three great literary works (though I haven’t actually read American Splendor or seen Persepolis).
Movies On a Big Screen: Independents: A Guide for the Creative Spirit
Sunday, Feb 21
The Guild Theatre
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA
Mondavi Center Focus On Film Series: American Splendor, Mon, Mar 8; Ghost World, Mon, Apr 5; Persepolis, Mon, Apr 19
Admission: $10 each ($5 for students) or $27 for all three
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
UC Davis Campus