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Coming to MacNider Museum in February and March

The MacNider Art Museum’s 2011 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, begins on Saturday, February 5, and will continue every Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. through March 12. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn will be provided.

Films in February, Movies in March kicks off on February 5 with Babies. This documentary, sponsored by Terry MacGregor, looks at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.

On February 12, the first person documentary Downside UP, captures the struggle of the townspeople of North Adams, MA, in their redefinition of community and contemplation of their role in an alien form of expression: contemporary art. Downside UP is sponsored by generous donations to the Foreign and Independent Film Series.

Departures, showing on February 19, follows a newly unemployed Japanese cellist as he takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. This beautifully quiet film, in Japanese with English subtitles, is sponsored by a Friend of the Foreign and Independent Film Series.

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974 in the powerful documentary My Architect, playing February 26.

3-Iron tells the story of a transient young man in Korea who breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents’ lives for a few days. Showing March 5, 3-Iron is in Korean with English subtitles and sponsored by Dr. Gary Swenson and Dean Genth.

The film series comes to an end on March 12 with the showing of A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story. It is the true story of Bill Sackter’s emergence from lifelong institutionalization, to become an international hero for people with disabilities.

Films in February, Movies in March will be shown in the Museum’s Salsbury Room on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. The MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second Street SE, Mason City.

For more information about the Film Series or the MacNider Art Museum, please visit or call 641-421-3666.

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