Filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore asks some serious questions as he probes the depths of America's trigger-happy gun culture in the insightful and amusing documentary, “Bowling for Columbine,” premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on Feb. 20.
On the morning of April 19, 1999 before killing classmates, a teacher and themselves the Columbine, killers calmly attended their bowling class as if it was just an ordinary day. This is one of the odd and chilling facts Moore (“Roger & Me”) points out in his critically acclaimed expose. While this horrible crime is the starting point of the documentary, the film is really dealing with guns and America’s obsession with violence.
“Bowling for Columbine” is a thought provoking film that has received critical acclaim, including a special award at the Cannes Film Festival. It recently received a 2003 Academy Award nomination for “Best Documentary Feature.
Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on February 20, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3. This film is rated R for some violent images and language. Its running time is 2 hours.
As part of “Raise Your Voice National Student Civic Engagement Week,” Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Public Service Office invites the public to stay and participate in a discussion led by Linda Robertson and Mark Anderson immediately following the screening on Friday, February 21.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.
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