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Tilda Swinton, Peter Coyote, Thomas Jay Ryan, Josh Kornbluth and Steve Kurtz
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"I was blown away"
Cinema of Conscience Award at the Wine Country Film Festival 2007
The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtz�s 911 call deemed Kurtz�s art suspicious and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife�s body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date.
Reviews of Strange Culture:
An artist's plight in the face of the War on Terror sounds the alarm for Americans to ponder the curtailment of freedom of expression.
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Nov 9 2007
The conflict between policies that support national security and those that protect civil liberties are embodied in the bizarre, terrifying story of Steve Kurtz, an artist, activist and State University of New York at Buffalo professor for whom a personal tragedy led to a Kafkaesque nightmare courtesy of the War on Terror.
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The Boston Globe, "It�s fun to be 5"
Panorama Berlinale, 2007
"Strange Culture: A strange and compelling Kafka-esque account of an American artist caught up in Bush's war on terror"
" Like last year's festival entry, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' the film needs a distributor that understands the solid business and
political reasons for releasing the film."
Film Threat "Strange Culture"
By Mark Bell
" 4 STARS" "'Strange Culture' is an important heads-up to what is going on in our country right now in the name of national
security, and a brilliant statement on artistic freedom and the dangers it faces."
CNET " Sundance holds screening in 'Second Life' for first time"
By Michelle Meyers
" ...a favorite among festivalgoers..."
IndieWire "Fest Within a Fest: Experimental Sidebar Re-Imagined at Sundance"
By Dennis Lim
" ...probably the best and certainly the most urgent film in the Frontier section..."
" younger filmmakers should be looking to Hershman Leeson for lessons on how to reinvent old forms while at the same
time telling an urgently topical story. The director not only breaks the fourth wall, she reduces it to plaster dust."
Time Magazine "7 Surprises from Sundance"
By Rebecca Winters Keegan
" Some of the hottest documentaries at the film festival employed actors to tell their tales...'Strange Culture' features Tilda Swinton
and other actors dramatizing events that lead to the arrest of a University of Buffalo professor on suspicion of bioterrorism."
Hewlett Packard "Review: Strange Culture"
Gena Crawford, Marketing Program Manager, HP.com
" Over the years...I�ve taken in films that have run the gamut...But this year, I saw a film that absolutely shook me to my core..."
Associated Press " Sundance Docs Draw Drama From Actors"
By David Germain AP Movie Writer
"In the latest Sundance documentaries, filmmakers are engaging performers to add an emotional depth that dusty photos and
third-person narration might lack..."
Netscape Blog 'The Work of Art in the Age of Poste 9/11"
Karina Longworth 'packs a stunning emotional and intellectual punch"
� An historic filmic event with avatars, including Howard Rheingold, piping in during the Q+A session.