A Post Card from Barbara Cervone with a Link to Movies That Will Make You Think!


In a country gripped by winter storms, I hope you are staying warm and dry. The good news here in Oregon is that we’ve been getting enough rain to ease our severe drought. 
One of the byproducts of the inhospitable weather is that I’ve been spending a lot more time inside. No hikes up into the mountains behind us and not much going out in general.
At the beginning of January, amid the dailyness, a care package arrived: the latest collection of independent films curated by an amazing local cinefile at the Osher Lifelong Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University. Paired with in-person or virtual discussions, “Independent Cinema: Movies that Make You Think” has engaged over 100 members of Ashland’s over 60 crowd.
I have now watched all eight films, thanks to Kanopy, the marvelous, free, streaming platform for public and academic libraries that offers films, TV shows, educational videos and documentaries. All that’s required to sign up is a library card; I’m signed up through the Ashland Public Library. 
I began with the spare and tender film “The Quiet Girl,” set in rural Ireland in 1981, and ended with the comparatively raucous “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” about renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin’s personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis. My favorite was a documentary by the French film director Agnès Varda, almost 90 when she made this joyful film with a young artist partner. Together, they tour the French countryside in a van with a large photo booth, photographing local residents and turning their portraits into huge murals, which they paste on houses, walls, barns and more and transform the landscape. It’s called “Faces Places.”
I figured I’d share this remarkable collection of “Movies that Make You Think,” figuring you might sample one or two on a cold winter’s night.
Barbara Cervone

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