Wednesday, January 19, 2022

‘Paper Clips’ Opens Art Flicks Season

The Marco Island Center for the Arts has announced the launch of its sixth annual, highly successful “Art Flicks” program, featuring foreign, independent and “art” films to be shown at Marco Movies, 599 S. Collier Blvd at 10 AM, the series features FREE theme-based films, refreshments and lively discussions for both residents and island visitors who are interested in the art of film.  There are no reservations for seating. It is on a first come, first seated basis. Nick Campo, owner and operator of the Marco Movie theater, donates his time and the largest theater at the complex for the Art Flicks program.

The theme for 2019 is “Spirit” and will feature the following movies:

  • January 22: “Paper Clips”
  • February 5: “Jean-Michel Basquiat:  Radiant Child”
  • February 19: “The Chorus”
  • March 5: “Ladies in Lavender”

“The Art Flicks program has been extremely popular since we launched it in 2014,” commented Jo-Ann Sanborn, Art Flicks Committee Chair. “Our committee spends all summer researching and watching films, discarding some, until we finally come down to a select few that we feel are good enough and interesting enough for this program. We then develop a theme around the films.”

The Art Flicks theme this year is “Spirit,” featuring documentaries and films that depict the hope, resilience, and magic of the human spirit.  The first documentary, to be shown on Tuesday, January 22, will be “Paper Clips”, initially released in 2004. It tells the story of three middle-school teachers in Whitwell, Tenn. (pop. 1,500), who came up with a project for the eighth-class to learn about intolerance by studying the Holocaust. The students read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and did internet research, discovering that during World War II, the Norwegians wore paper clips in their lapels as a silent gesture of solidarity and sympathy with Hitler’s victims. The story goes on from there.

“Paper Clips” is not a sophisticated or very challenging film, nor should it be. It is straightforward, heartfelt and genuine and we get the sense that the documentary, like the project itself, grows directly out of the good intentions of the people involved. Whitwell at the time had no Jews, five African-Americans and one Hispanic, we learn; there weren’t even any Catholics. By the time the project was completed, the horizons of the population had widened considerably.

For more information call 239-394-4221.


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