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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:
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Steve Kurtz
Tilda Swinton ... Hope Kurtz
Peter Coyote ... Himself
Josh Kornbluth ... Himself
Steve Kurtz Steve Kurtz ... Himself
Shoresh Alaudini Shoresh Alaudini ... Loren
Cassie Powell Cassie Powell ... Lise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jakob Bokulich ... FBI Agent
Gregg Bordowitz Gregg Bordowitz ... Himself - Artist / CAE Defense Fund
Larissa Clayton Larissa Clayton ... Char
Beatriz da Costa Beatriz da Costa ... Herself
Susan Leeson Susan Leeson ... Herself (as Dr. Susan Leeson)
Jennifer Noland Jennifer Noland ... Art Student
Keith Olbermann ... Himself
Marcie Prohofsky Marcie Prohofsky ... FBI Agent
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Niebezpieczna kultura See more »

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Production Co:

L5 Productions See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Official Selection and World Premiere, Sundance 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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a timely and important film about freedom of expression.
2 January 2007 | by lion-23See all my reviews

i was blown away by this movie. It is nothing you would expect. It creeps up on you. It is a truly important film, and extremely timely. The footage is remarkable and varied. It is as if the film turns itself inside out so that you are right there, inside the movie, sitting right next to the actors, who are sharing intimate moments of themselves, candidly and without guile. The identity device is brilliant, and took me by surprise, even though there were clues along the way. The way the various elements were handled, from the comic strips to re enactments to interviews were skillful and well crafted. This is one of the the films that can make a difference because it brings an awareness of the repercussions of policies to a human level. I highly recommend this film.


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