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iW NEWS | Lynn Hershman Leeson’s “Strange Culture” Set for NYC Theatrical Debut

iW NEWS | Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Strange Culture" Set for NYC Theatrical Debut

After a special Museum of Modern Art screening in New York City on October 1, Lynn Hershman Leeson‘s “Strange Culture” will be released theatrically by L5 Productions with a two-week run at Cinema Village in downtown New York City, October 5th – 14th. The provocative doc explores the true story of artist and college professor Steve Kurtz whose tools and supplies were impounded after his wife suddenly died of heart failure. In an era of hyper-sensitivity and increasing clamp downs on artistic expression, suspicion was cast upon Kurtz as he prepared to present (at MASS MoCA), a project exploring genetically modified food. A founding member of the art and theater group, Critical Art Ensemble, Kurtz was named a terrorism suspect and because of pending litigation and other complications, actors Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, and Josh Kornbluth were tapped to star in scenes where the actual people can’t speak for themselves. Other theatrical and festival dates continue before and after the NYC run, with the film currently screening at Laemmle Grand in Los Angeles, while next month it will have a week-long run at Facets Cinema in Chicago (August 24 – 30), and a week at both the Rafael Film Center in Marin County and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco the same week (September 21 – 27). New Video is handling the DVD release of the film, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Check out the film’s website for more details. [Eugene Hernandez]

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