Centre Film Festival at The Rowland
The Rowland Theatre - Saturday, November 5th
- 6:00pm - 6:38pm
- Dear Ani
- Featured Documentary Short Film (Director Micah Levin and Keith Wasserman in attendance)
- 6:38pm - 9:13pm
- Of Medicine And Miracles
- Featured Documentary Film (Emily Whitehead, Tom, and Kari in attendance)
Of Medicine And Miracles
Emily Whitehead, Tom, and Kari will be in attendance for the evening's screening.
About The Film
Of Medicine and Miracles is a feature length documentary that follows oncologist Dr. Carl June as he takes on the impossible: finding a cure for cancer using a disarmed HIV virus. Despite suffering a series of devastating personal setbacks and constant resistance from the scientific community, June and his team develop a revolutionary treatment for Leukemia using a disarmed form of the HIV virus to train T-cells to kill cancer cells. All of June’s research and work are on the line when 5-year-old Emily Whitehead becomes the first child to enroll in his experimental trial. Emily has run out of options to beat her Leukemia and June will stop at nothing to save her life.
About The Director
Ross Kauffman is the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker of the feature documentary Born Into Brothels. The film was shown in over sixty film festivals worldwide and received a multitude of awards including the 2005 Emmy Award for Best Documentary, National Board of Review Best Documentary 2004, LA Film Critics Best Documentary 2004, and the 2004 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. Ross has worked as a documentary film editor on a wide variety of films for broadcasters such as HBO, WNET/THIRTEEN, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channels, among others. In 2009, he served as Executive Producer on the documentary feature In A Dream, (directed by Jeremiah Zagar) which was short-listed for the Academy Awards. He also worked as Consulting Producer on Postergirl, a documentary short nominated for the Academy Award in 2011.
Director Micah Levin and Keith Wasserman in attendance.
About The Film
In 1995, an aspiring artist and college sophomore, took a semester off to live in a cabin in Northern Maine. He sat by the edge of a lake and asked the universe to send him a “story worth telling”. Two months later, he was admitted to Bellevue Hospital while searching for Ani DiFranco. Was this a vision quest? A mental health issue? Was this all an elaborate art project? For twenty years Keith Wasserman has made and delivered elaborate art mail packages – all in the hopes of befriending his muse. Dear Ani explores what can happen when you present your truest self and risk total failure. It is an intimate account of psychotic mania, personal mastery, and creative triumph.
About The Directors
Micah Levin is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. His award-winning content includes: “The ‘S’ Word” (ABC/Participant), “Funded In America” (T-Mobile/ Participant), “Scott Hamilton: Today” (People / SoulPancake),”Skrrt w/ Offset” (Quibi/STX), “Actors’ Roundtable” (Hollywood Reporter), and “The Terry Kath Experience” (Tiff ‘16). In 2006, Micah founded the creative content studio, Movie Magic Media, where he and Keith Wasserman have collaborated on dozens of short films, music videos and feature films. Together they made their Tribeca Film Festival debut in 2015 with the climate themed sci-fi short film, “Grow”.
From Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2022, The Centre Film Festival will return for a weekend of the finest offerings in contemporary cinema at the State Theatre in State College and the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg. In addition to internationally recognized films, we will highlight the work of Pennsylvania filmmakers and Penn State alumni.
Save the date and get an early bird discount on your All Access passes which includes all films, events, and discussions throughout the entire festival as well as special perks from local businesses. Early bird pricing will be available until October 7th!
Check centrefilm.org for more information.