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Each series, we select a theme and then screen films that fit the theme. Think of it as an extended conversation, with each film adding a new voice.  And you can’t beat the price. Admission is free!

2012 Theme: Life Stories

This series explores the idea of biography. In some sense, everyone’s life unfolds like a story but the real task is in the telling. What gets included, what’s gets left out are crucial to how the story (and the person!) are defined. 3 films are fictional accounts of notable figures in art, science and history. 3 films are documentaries of “ordinary” people whose passions make them extraordinary. 6 films, more than 6 life stories – fictional and real – tales told through the voices and choices of 6 filmmakers. This series asks how much control do any of us have over our own stories after all?

2012 Spring Film Series
Life Stories
Movies begin at 7:00 PM    Admission is FREE!
Films are shown at:
Indianapolis Senior Center
708 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (map)
For more information, contact: Stephen Conway
The Films

Galileo - Jan. 10

Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)

Israeli film-star Topol plays the 17th century Italian astronomer, whose theories run contrary to the edicts of the Catholic Church. Forced to renounce his ideas about planetary movement, Galileo nonetheless holds fast to those beliefs to the end of his days, certain that time will vindicate him. A film adaptation of a play by Bertolt Brecht.

Starring: Topol, Jon Geilgud

(1975) 145 minutes Dir: Joseph Losey


Mongol: Rise of Genghis Khan - Feb. 7

Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)

The movie is an epic story of a young Genghis Khan and how events in his early life lead him to become a legendary conqueror. As a boy Temüjin passes through starvation, humiliations and even slavery, but later with the help of Börte he overcomes all of his childhood hardships to become one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.

In Mongolian & Mandarin with English subtitles

(2007) 126 min. Dir: Sergey Bodrov


Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Mar. 6

Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)
Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey, Jr., Ty Burell

(2006) 122 min. Director: Steven Shainberg


Dumbstruck - Apr. 3
Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)
A funny, touching and richly human film about professional ventriloquists. The five featured personalities are a vivid and endearing ensemble attempting to achieve their dreams of making it in a form of entertainment too often disregarded and disrespected.

(2010) 84 min. Dir: Mark Goffman



The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters - May 1

Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)
In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed – a conflict which consumes define their lives.

(2007) 79 min. Dir: Seth Gordon


Desperate Man Blues - June 5

Indianapolis Senior Center 708 East Michigan Street 46202 (map)
Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pure and undiluted form in the 20s and 30s. He has amassed a vast collection of more than 25,000 rare discs from attics and basements across the US for more than 50 years. This is his story.

(2003) 82 min. Dir: Edward Gillan