"Our Brand is Crisis" next in Historical Museum's film series

For immediate release March 26, 2008

 

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum’s “Movies at the Museum’ film series continues next week with “Our Brand is Crisis,” a documentary about a U.S. group’s involvement in a Bolivian presidential campaign.

“Our Brand is Crisis” will be shown at 7 p.m. April 3 and 2 p.m. April 5, 2008. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Iowatix.com and at the door. Moviegoers who purchase a ticket at the door and bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Iowa will receive a $1 discount. State employees who present an identification badge when purchasing tickets at the door may receive a $1 discount. More information is available at www.culturalaffairs.org or 515-281-5111.

For decades, U.S. strategists-for-hire have been quietly molding the opinions of voters and the messages of candidates in elections from the Middle East to the South American jungle.

With flabbergasting access to think sessions, media training and the making of smear campaigns, viewers watch how the consultants’ marketing strategies shape the relationship between a leader and his people. “Our Brand is Crisis” is an astounding look at one group’s campaign to elect the President of Bolivia and its earth-shattering aftermath.

The Historical Museum’s 2007-2008 film series concludes in May with “In the Mirror of Maya Deren.”

Arguably the most important and innovative avant-garde documentary filmmaker in the history of American cinema, Deren has been deemed “Fellini and Bergman wrapped in one gloriously possessed body.”

Using locations from the Hollywood Hills to Haiti in the 1940s and 1950s, Deren made such mesmerizing documentaries as “At Land, Ritual in Transfigured Time” and her masterpiece,Meshes of the Afternoon,” which won a prestigious international experimental filmmaking prize at the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

Starting with excerpts from these documentaries, “In the Mirror” seamlessly and effectively interweaves archival footage and observances from acolytes and contemporaries such as Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas with an original score by experimental jazz legend John Zorn.

Documentarian Martina Kudlacek has fashioned not only a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking and influential artist, but a pitch-perfect introduction to her strikingly beautiful and poetic body of work.

“In the Mirror of Maya Deren” will be shown at 7 p.m. May 1 and 2 p.m. May 3. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Iowatix.com and at the door. Moviegoers who purchase a ticket at the door and bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank of Iowa will receive a $1 discount. State employees who present an identification badge when purchasing tickets at the door may receive a $1 discount. More information is available at www.culturalaffairs.org or 515-281-5111.


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 The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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