Mar 19, 2014 6:30 PM by PRESS RELEASE

'Perfect Strangers' film on organ donation to show at Vermilionville

The Bayou Vermilion District's Vermilionville will continue their role as a screening partner for the South Arts Southern Circuit of Independent Filmmakers on Monday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. with Perfect Strangers by filmmaker Jan Krawitz.

As part of the Southern Circuit Vermilionville will be hosting filmmakers who will screen their films and host a discussion following each screening. The season began in September and will go through through April.

Admission to each of these all-ages screenings will be $10 and food and beverages will be available
for purchase. See below for more info about the upcoming screening as well as upcoming films or
visit to view the trailers and to purchase advanced tickets.


"Perfect Strangers" tells the story of two unique and engaging characters. One is Ellie, who embarks on an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, determined to give away one of her kidneys. Five hundred miles away, Kathy endures nightly dialysis and loses hope of receiving a transplant until Ellie reads her profile on an online website. Both women face unexpected challenges as their parallel stories unfold over the course of four years. The film explores the ineffable magnitude of Ellie's gift and the burden of responsibility that accompanies it, for both donor and recipient. Intimate scenes with Ellie, Kathy, and their families reveal the complicated physical and emotional terrain of organ donation.


Jan Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for 35 years. Her work has been
exhibited at film festivals in the United States and abroad, including Sundance, the New York Film
Festival, Nyon, Edinburgh, AFI/Silverdocs, London, Sydney, Full Frame, South by Southwest and the Flaherty Film Seminar. Her most recent film, "Big Enough" was broadcast on the national PBS series P.O.V. and internationally in eighteen countries. Krawitz is currently the director of the M.F.A. program in Documentary Film and Video in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.


The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit
screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the


Monday, April 14
"The Retrieval"
Filmmaker: Chris Eska

On the outskirts of the Civil War, "The Retrieval" follows a fatherless 13-year-old boy sent north by his bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense. During their journey towards the unwitting man's reckoning, the initially distant pair develops unexpected bonds. As his feelings grow, the boy is consumed by conflicting emotions and a gut-wrenching ultimate decision: betray the father figure he's finally found or risk being killed by his gang for insubordination.

Chris Eska was raised in the village of Ottine, Texas (pop. 98). He studied sociology and art at Rice
University before attending UCLA's MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. "Doki-Doki," his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, "August Evening," won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award and was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.


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