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   from the issue of September 20, 2007

Sartore to offer Sept. 23 movie talk

Photographer Joel Sartore will lead a discussion about the film "Manufactured Landscapes" in a movie talk at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Admission is free for the movie talk, although admission to "Manufactured Landscapes" is at regular Ross prices. The film runs Sept. 21-27.

BOOK SIGNING - Joel Sartore (seated, at right) shares a moment with a fan during a book signing after his Sept...
BOOK SIGNING - Joel Sartore (seated, at right) shares a moment with a fan during a book signing after his Sept. 13 E.N. Thompson Forum lecture in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Sartore will lead a discussion on the film "Manufactured Landscapes" at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 23. Courtesy photo/Katie Joseph.

"Manufactured Land-scapes" is the portrait of one man's voyage as it follows still photographer Edward Burtynsky on a tour of Asia. Burtynsky takes large-format stills of industrial landscapes - factory workers lined up to infinity, giant ships eviscerated, massive recycling dumps, expansive strip mines. His goal is to portray humanity's relationship to nature as we pursue progress.

Burtynsky's images are striking and picturesque, leaving viewers to comprehend the negative global ramifications of how wwe treat the planet.

A life-long Nebraskan, Sartore brings a sense of humor and a midwestern work ethic to all of his National Geographic Magazine assignments. Over 20 years of experience (more than 15 with the National Geographic Society) have allowed him to cover everything from the remote Amazon rain forest to beer-drinking, mountain-racing firefighters in the United Kingdom.

Sartore and his work have been the subject of several national features.

Also showing at the Ross is "My Best Friend," directed by Patrice Leconte.

Running Sept. 21 to Oct. 4, "My Best Friend" is about a search for true friendship by Francois, a middle-aged antique dealer.

Francois has a stylish apartment and a fabulous life, but at a dinner with a group he considers his dearest acquaintances, he is blindsided by the revelation that none of them actually likes him.

Froncois is arrogant, self-centered and harsh, and they don't believe he knows the meaning of friendship. His business partner Catherine makes him a bet - if he can produce his best friend, she will let him keep the massive Greek vase he acquired that afternoon on the company tab. If not, it's hers.

Having accepted the wager, Francois naively tears through his address book, trying to shoehorn an increasingly unlikely series of contacts into the all-important role.

"My Best Friend" is rated PG-13 for some strong language.

For more information, including show times, go online to or call 472-5353.



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