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Academy Award-nominated director to visit UNI

Contact: 

David O'Shields, documentary filmmaker-in-residence and adjunct instructor, UNI Department of Communication Studies, 319-273-3791, richard.oshields@uni.edu

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, stacey.christensen@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Academy Award-nominated director Marshall Curry Monday, Oct. 15 to Wednesday, Oct. 17, as part of the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. Curry will host screenings of three of his award-winning films, as well as visit classes.

"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation," will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, in Lang Hall Auditorium. The film is about a radical environmentalist who faced life in prison for burning two Oregon timber facilities. It won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary Editing, and was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2012.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, the film, "Street Fight," will be shown at 6 p.m., and "Racing Dreams" will play at 8:30 p.m. Both films will be screened in Lang Hall Auditorium. "Street Fight" follows Cory Booker on his 2002 campaign for mayor of Newark, N.J. It won numerous awards, including the Audience Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI/Discovery SilverDocs Festival, and Hot Docs Festival, and was also nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2006.

"Racing Dreams" follows two boys and a girl who dream of one day racing in NASCAR. The film won numerous awards, including the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.

Curry is the second visiting filmmaker in The William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series.  The goal of the series is to bring America's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication Studies, and directed by David O'Shields.

The film screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact O'Shields at 319-273-3791 or richard.oshields@uni.edu.