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New film series features independent films

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Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306,

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 24, 2011)—Community members are invited to attend screenings of culturally significant films during North Central College’s inaugural series, “Film Central: The Best in Independent Film.”

Film Central is sponsored by the North Central’s Offices of International Programs, Fine and Performing Arts, The Union and the Naperville Independent Film Festival. Sponsors hope to increase support for independent films and raise awareness about issues captured by filmmakers.

“Film is one of the most important art forms today,” says Richard Guzman, coordinator of the film series and North Central professor of English and coordinator of the master of arts in liberal studies program. “For many years various professors and students have talked about how important a film series would be both for our campus and the whole Naperville community.”

Guzman notes that independent films generally don’t have big studios or budgets behind them but are worth supporting because independent film is where directors, stars and everyone associated with film are born. “For example,” he says, “one film we’ll be showing in the series is ‘Salaam Bombay,’ which was the first feature film by Mira Nair who is now a big-time director. Another film in our series, ‘Sympathetic Details,’ is the first feature by Benjamin Busch who is currently with HBO’s acclaimed TV show ‘The Wire.’”

The films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $3 and available at the door the evening of screenings; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit Admission to the Jan. 25 event is free.

Dates and films of the inaugural Film Central series are:

  • Jan. 25: “Salaam Bombay,” a 1988 film by Mira Nair that chronicles the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai, India. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, two honors at the Cannes Film Festival and was India’s second submission to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Feb. 3 POSTPONED to Feb. 17: “Sympathetic Details,” a 2008 film directed by Benjamin Busch, is a psychological thriller that uses character and dialogue instead of action sequences to tell the story of an assassin who makes a moral decision to leave his life of professional murder. Rated R.
  • Feb. 17 POSTPONED to a later date: “Runways & Bunk Beds,” a 2010 film based on a true story, was written and directed by former international model Axel Harney and tells the story of a male model whose charmed life is disrupted. Rated R.
  • March 1: “An Evening of Short Films,” presents a number of shorts, ranging from serious to silly and featuring a variety of genres.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011. The film series is one of many ongoing programs hosted at North Central College to enrich and broaden the academic and cultural outlook for the community and the College. For a comprehensive schedule of lectures, art exhibits, musical performances, theatrical productions and other events, visit

Photo: Scene from “Sympathetic Details”