'Friedmans' return, 'Wild Alachua' wins


Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 9:52 p.m.
Odds and ends this week.
  • MOVIE WATCH: Missed "Capturing the Friedmans" when it played here last year?
    Well, just as the documentary's Oscar buzz grows to a growl, the Hippodrome Cinema brings it back to town for three shows on Monday. Using many home movies, the film examines the 1987 child-molestation case against a father and son from a successful Jewish family.
    Then it digs deeper, eventually posing the question: "Who do you believe?"
    Showtimes are 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m.
  • DIVERSE TONES: The week in music has many textures. Perhaps the biggest offering is the Friends of Music Scholarship Gala Sunday night at University Auditorium. The 4 p.m. concert showcases students who have earned scholarships from UF Friends of Music.
    On Sunday, organist Michael Corzine will perform works from Bach to Buxtehude starting at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.
    On Thursday, Alaska's fiddling poet will tell his tales at the McIntosh Cafe. Fiddler Ken Waldman will perform at 7 p.m., backed by banjo player Brooke Mitchell. I must admit, I really don't know much about the whole Alaskan fiddling poetry genre, but, judging from his most recent - and quite unique - CD, this should prove a good fit for this region - a nice slice of Americana just south of the prairie.
  • MUSEUM HONORS: The Florida Museum of Natural History, you may have read, won two Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards last month for "Wild Alachua," its third Expedition Florida film.
    That's a big deal, as the Expedition Florida series now has won four Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards. And it's dandy news for a museum already celebrating other top honors.
    In October, the Southeastern Museums Conference awarded the museum's South Florida People and Environments exhibit with the Curator's Competition award ($1 million-plus budget category).
    Then, on Jan. 9, Kathleen Deagan, the museum's distinguished research curator of archaeology, received the 2004 J.C. Harrington Award in Historical Archaeology in St. Louis. Also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, Deagan was honored for her contributions, student training and professional service in historical archaeology.
    As for "Wild Alachua," the awards bring more attention to filmmakers Leslie Gaines and Stephen Robitaille, as well as noted underwater cinematographer Wes Skiles. They are no strangers to Regional Emmy Awards, and all three competed in the prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in September.
    "Wild Alachua" was produced in conjunction with UF's Florida Museum of Natural History. The half-hour film was funded by the Alachua County Commission and the county's Tourist Development Council.
    The movies are available at the museum's gift shop, local libraries and even through Amazon.com.
    Dave Schlenker can be reached at 374-5045 or scene@gvillesun.com.
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