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WFS presents 'Almost Famous' double feature

Feb. 9, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Film Society and Kalamazoo-based band Blue Dahlia have teamed up to present a special musical double feature of Buster Keaton's silent film "Seven Chances," with Blue Dahlia's original score performed live on stage, followed by Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous."

The double feature will screen on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at 9:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. "Almost Famous" will also show as a single feature on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded at every screening.

All shows are at the Campus Cinema in The Little Theatre, located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver St. General admission for the double feature is $6 for adults and $4 for students. For the single feature showings, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Free parking is available next to the building.

"Seven Chances," a classic black and white silent film directed by Buster Keaton, is about a man who learns that he must be married in a few hours time or he will lose a large inheritance. Critic Leonard Maltin calls "Seven Chances," "One of Keaton's silent gems."

Written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maquire), "Almost Famous" follows a high-school boy writing a story on an up-and-coming rock band. It won Golden Globes for best comedy and best supporting actress for Kate Hudson. Almost Famous also stars Frances McDormand, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jason Lee.

Critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times deemed "Almost Famous," "Funny, poignant, bittersweet and irresistible. A film that will delight you and involve your heart."

For more information, call the movie line at (616) 387-8221 or visit the Western Film Society's Web site at www.wmich.edu/films or Blue Dahlia's Web site, www.blue-dahlia.com.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 616 387-2370, bethany.gibson@wmich.edu

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