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Hitting The Road - A Genre of Journeys
Shelly Isaacs

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Since the advent of cinema, the "Road Movie" has offered the promise of wondrous and mysterious narratives, featuring fascinating characters transformed by their experience. Sometimes the road is physical, sometimes metaphorical. In this lecture series we will “hit the road,” exploring this most popular of genres through four highly acclaimed and award winning films.

1. The Rocket - Australia/Laos (2013):  A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home.
2. Central Station - Brazil (1998) : In this classic tale, a boy searching for his father, and an embittered old woman journey from Rio de Janeiro across Brazil.
3. I Wish - Japan (2011): Two young brothers, separated by divorce, come up with a plan where they believe they can create a miracle to reunite their family.
4. Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed - Spain (2013): Set in 1966 Spain, a teacher who is a Beatles fan journeys to see his idol John Lennon, accompanied by two strays he meets along the way.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION:  Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available in theaters throughout South Florida.  He has enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 30 years, with an emphasis on film, TV and radio production.  Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies.  Since 2004, he has been the curator and host for the International Film Series at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date: Mondays, October 26; November 2, 9, 16
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $37
Door price member/non-member - $35

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