June 7, 2012

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The Chattanooga Film Society and the Mise En Scenesters are joining forces to present the POV Summer Film Series, which begins on Monday, June 11, with one screening per month through September. The award-winning documentary films reveal unforgettable storytelling that puts a human face on contemporary social issues. 

“My background as a programmer with Nashville’s Documentary Channel gives me a bit of a spider sense when it comes to great documentary films, and each of the four films we’ve chosen for this series gives me that familiar tingle I associate with the very best docs,” said Chris Dortch, who is programming the series.

The first film in the series, “Guilty Pleasures,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the downtown Chattanooga YMCA, 301 W. 6th St. The film takes an amusing and touching look at the global phenomenon that every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world.  Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of the books’ readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. “Guilty Pleasures” portrays five romance devotees who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world. Admission to the screening is free to anyone.

  Other films in the series include:

• “I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful” on July 16.

• “Reel Old School”  on Aug. 13. 

• “Reportero” on Sept. 10.

The Chattanooga Film Society is a nonprofit organization that supports independent filmmaking locally and promotes professional film and television production across the region. It is currently working on the launch of a major film festival in downtown Chattanooga. For more information on becoming a member or sponsor of CFS, visit chattanoogafilmsociety.org .

Mise en Scenesters is a Chattanooga-based film club with the goal of providing more opportunities for people to see great films that aren’t likely to ever play in a multiplex near them. For more information, visit porkandmeadmag.com/film

June 7, 2012

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