Mountainfilm

Sheridan Opera House - May 28, 2011 - 3:30 p.m.

Date: May 28, 2011
Start Time: 3:30 p.m.

Heliotropes

Film Screening — Duration: 3 mins

Carefully crafted by director Michael Langan, this short piece is a lovely filmic rendition of a poem by Brian Christian that speaks of sunflowers seeds, flight patterns and Fibonacci sequences. Yes, it’s odd—but appealing.

The Big Uneasy

Film Screening — Duration: 99 mins

You might know Harry Shearer from his numerous film roles, including as the addled Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls (“That’s not to say I haven’t had my visionary moments. I’ve taken acid seventy-five, seventy-six times.”). He is also the voice behind many characters on "The Simpsons," including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders and Scratchy. Shearer also has his own radio program, "Le Show." In The Big Uneasy, his latest role is as a real-life truth teller who investigates the “natural” disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. This documentary, which Shearer directed and stars in, effectively shows us how much of the storm's damage to New Orleans could have been prevented. His affection for the city is outweighed only by his ire at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who designed and built a series of levees that were ill conceived from the start and made a bad situation much worse.