Film Screening - Sunshine State (John Sayles, 2002)
Introduced by Erin Espelie, filmmaker, writer, editor and visiting lecturer at Duke. Q&A to follow. (There will be a light reception prior to the screening at 6:30 p.m.) An edgy, thought-provoking, wonderfully novelistic portrait of New Millennium life. Set on an island off the Florida coast, SUNSHINE STATE is the story of a traditional community -- half white, half black -- that's endangered by a multinational corporation trying to buy up the best beach-front property for a luxury resort development. The vast tapestry of characters branch off two well-entrenched, middle-class families -- the Temples (white) and the Stokes (black) -- and the protagonists are the families' troubled grown daughters, Marly (Edie Falco) and Desiree (Angela Bassett). While most films these days are about nothing, this film seems to be about everything that's plaguing the human spirit in a relentlessly globalizing world.