Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Guggenheim Film Fest at WC Begins with Academy Award Winner

Chestertown, MD — A Time for Justice, Charles Guggenheim’s Academy Award-winning film about the civil-rights movement, will be the first of four Guggenheim films shown during Washington College’s February Guggenfest. A Time for Justice shows firsthand the movement’s most dramatic moments, and the extraordinary courage and sacrifices of its participants. It screens at 4:30 p.m., Weds., Feb. 9 at the Casey Academic Center Forum.
On Thurs., Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m., Clear Pictures airs at the O’Neill Literary House. The film chronicles the life and work of Reynolds Price, distinguished American novelist and professor at Duke University. Based on Price’s memoir, the movie looks at his life through the people who shaped him in small town North Carolina where, with the exception of a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford, he has spent his entire life. It touches upon the life-threatening illness that left Price a paraplegic and the faith that sustains him.
The First Freedom, Guggenheim’s latest release, will be screened at 7:30 p.m., Weds., Feb. 16 at the Casey Academic Center Forum. Called "an extraordinary work" by Washington Post critic Desson Howe, the film shows "the inevitable tension between the government and a free press, from the earliest days of the republic to the present, by way of Civil Rights, Watergate, the Vietnam War, and Monica Lewinsky."
The final film of the fest, D-Day Remembered, will be shown at 2:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 18 in the Casey Academic Center Forum. Guggenheim has said of this film, "I owe an enormous debt to those who didn’t survive . . . having been in a World War II division that was badly torn up. I was in the hospital when so many of my colleagues were killed. I doubt I would have survived if I had been with them."
Charles Guggenheim will be honored, as will Placido Domingo, at the Winter Convocation of Washington College on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Guggenheim will attend the screening of "D-Day," and will be available for questions after the film.

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