sees activism as a way of life: The local champion of the great unwashed (and founder of the leftward-facingArgusFest film series
) seems to make no distinction between getting up in the morning and helping his fellow man. When he returned to town a little more than a month ago froman extended vacation trudging from New Orleans to Detroit with the March to Fulfill the Dream, to help raise awareness of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
, he was broke and desperate to keep the fest up and running, despite sporadic screenings over the summer. But September marks ArgusFest's full return with a beefed up repertoire; after the jump, see what's onscreen in the coming weeks.
Mondays at 7 p.m. at Hooked on Colfax, 3215 E. Colfax Avenue ($5 suggested donation):
Tonight: Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
Filmmaker and media critic Danny Schechter explores how the current financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To get the real story, Schechter -- aka "the News Dissector" -- interviews bankers, economists, journalists and even a convicted white-collar criminal who blew the whistle on dishonest business practices.
September 20: Garbage Dreams
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Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Egypt's 'garbage people.' When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of their trade, each boy is forced to make choices that will impact his life and the future of his community.
Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street ($5 suggested donation):
September 16: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, "It's basically the story of how one man set out to film the unfilmable. And failed."
September 23: South of the Border
There's a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn't know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.