Jan. 5-Feb. 2: 'Modern indie' winter film series announced


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Editor's note: The screening of Cold Weather has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre.

8:15 a.m., Jan. 3, 2011----The seventh annual Winter Independent Film Series at the University of Delaware features five films representing the “modern indie” -- Animal Kingdom, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Catfish, Cold Weather and Bronson.

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The films will be shown every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theatre from Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, with the Australian crime thriller Animal Kingdom kicking off the Winter Session screenings.

The entire series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and tickets will not be available in advance.

The series is sponsored by Student Centers at UD.

Films are as follows:

Jan. 5 -- Animal Kingdom tells the story of 17-year-old Joshua as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. The film was written and directed by David Michod

Jan. 12 -- Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shopkeeper turned documentary filmmaker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy -- a graffiti artist with a global reputation -- only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Jan. 19 -- Catfish. In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Jan. 31 -- Cold Weather tells the story of an underachieving forensics graduate, Doug (Cris Lankenau), who becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance when he moves back to Portland, Ore. Written and Directed by Aaron Katz (Quiet City)

Feb. 2 -- Bronson is a biographical crime film about a young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office and ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Artwork for posters advertising the film series were created by UD students Camden Asay, Keith Rich, Eric Stafford, Andrew Lee, Justin Weber, and Karen DeMaio.