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Strange Culture (2007)

A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Steve Kurtz
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Himself
Josh Kornbluth ...
Himself
Steve Kurtz ...
Himself
Shoresh Alaudini ...
Loren
Cassie Powell ...
Lise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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FBI Agent
Gregg Bordowitz ...
Himself - Artist / CAE Defense Fund
Larissa Clayton ...
Char
Beatriz da Costa ...
Herself
Susan Leeson ...
Herself (as Dr. Susan Leeson)
Jennifer Noland ...
Art Student
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Himself
Marcie Prohofsky ...
FBI Agent
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The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep of heart failure. Medics arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz's art, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist", as dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, cat, and even his wife's body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niebezpieczna kultura  »

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Official Selection, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2007 See more »

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[first lines]
news caster: Like many an unfortunate drama, the story begins with a death. Steve Kurtz called 911 early on the morning of May 11th, after his wife suffered cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. When police arrived on the scene they saw not a 45-year old woman claimed well before her time, but rather petri dishes and sophisticated scientific equipment...
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Important and timely work
10 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a must see if you care or about the arts in the current political climate, or for that matter if you care about civil liberties in general.

Strange Culture is very different from Lynn Hershman's other work--a unique documentary/narrative hybrid. An amazing and surreal performance by Thomas Jay Ryan. Though there is an amazing cast, the real star is Steve Kurtz, the Buffalo artist who is the subject of the film. Steve's heartbreaking retelling of his wife's death, and his subsequent arrest and legal wranglings is must see for anyone who believes are government is beyond reproach.

This film is powerful, heart wrenching, and an outrageous indictment of the current state of political affairs.


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