“Mary & Max” Opens Lawrence University Term II Independent Film Series

Lawrence University continues its independent film series with 10-movie line-up during Winter Term. All films are shown at 8 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center cinema, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 920-832-6837.

• January 6 — “Mary & Max” (2009): A claymated tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and Max, a 44-year old, severely obese man living in New York City.

• January 13 — “Paper Heart” (2009): Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand: love.

• January 20 — “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” (2008): Award-winning documentary that chronicles the inspirational story of courageous women of Liberia, whose efforts played a critical role in bringing an end to a long and bloody civil war and restored peace to their shattered country. A panel of Lawrence faculty and students will lead a discussion of some of the issues raised in the film following the screening.

• January 27 — “It Might Get Loud” (2009): A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Jack White.

• February 3 — “Food Inc.” (2008): Robert Kenner uncovers the large corporation-controlled underbelly of our nation’s food industry and the effect it has on our country.

• February 10 — “No Impact Man” (2009): A man attempts to eliminate his personal impact on the environment for one year — all while living in Manhattan with his wife and two-year old daughter.

• February 17 — “Fuel” (2008): An award-winning journey through a history and drama of America’s oil use and abuse and the potential of other wide-ranging energy solutions.

• February 24 — “The Cove” (2009): The amazing true story of a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, revealing a dark and deadly secret.

• March 3 — “Taking Woodstock” (2009): Interior designer Elliot Tibner moves back home to help save his parents’ hotel and inadvertently plays a role in making the Woodstock music festival the huge event it was.

• March 10 — “Precious Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (2009): Set in 1987 Harlem, the story follows Clareece “Precious” Jones, a 16-year-old overweight, illiterate African-American teen pregnant for the second time by her absent father, who is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes her life can head in a new direction.