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KFS presents Sundance award-winner 'American Splendor'

Dec. 23, 2003

KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Film Society presents "American Splendor," winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, for seven shows Jan. 9-11 at the Little Theatre on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Show times for "American Splendor" are 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 4:30, 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10; and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. General admission is $5 and $3 for students.

"To describe American Splendor as 'quirky' or 'offbeat' does this startlingly original hybrid of a film a disservice," writes Tim Knight of reel.com. "This depiction of the life and art of underground cartoonist Harvey Pekar effortlessly blends scripted scenes with interviews featuring the real-life Pekar. This genre-bending effectively evokes Pekar's singular perspective on the trials and minutiae of daily life. A deadpan social comedy, idiosyncratic love story, and provocative meditation on life and art all rolled into one entertaining package, American Splendor features astonishing performances by Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis as Pekar and his wife Joyce. If there's any justice in this world-or at least Hollywood-their performances and the film itself will be remembered at Oscar time."

The Little Theatre is located on the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre. For more information, call the movie line at 269 387-8221 or visit the Kalamazoo Film Society on the Internet at <www.kalfilmsociety.net>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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