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Film series features documentary on food production

A documentary that looks at genetic modification of food will be shown Nov. 18 in Gainesville, Ga., as the 2013-14 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, sponsored by the University of North Georgia and The Arts Council Inc., continues.

"GMO OMG" by filmmaker Jeremy Seifert takes a look at genetically modified organisms (GMO) and seed diversity in food production. The 90-minute film will be shown at the Smithgall Arts Center, located at 331 Spring St., Gainesville. This screening includes dinner, and tickets will be $15 for adults or $13 for students and seniors. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Seifert, who will take questions after the screening, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and has been interviewed by other national media. "GMO OMG" won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, The Yale Environmental Film Festival and the Berkshire International Film Festival.

The independent film series features a different movie in each monthly showing, and continues through April 2014.

Dr. Jeff Marker, head of the Department of Communication, Media & Journalism at UNG, said the films being presented during the series have not been previously released in theaters or home video.

"The South Arts series provides UNG and surrounding communities access to exciting independent films and to the filmmakers who made them," Marker said. "For students, the opportunity to talk with experienced filmmakers, especially away from the crowded, intimidating atmosphere of a film festival, is invaluable to their own growth as filmmakers."

All film screenings begin at 7 p.m., but doors open at 6:30 p.m. Opportunities to meet the filmmakers will be held after each screening. Tickets for each movie, with one exception noted below, are $7 for adults or $5 for students and seniors; tickets for the series are $38 per person.

Upcoming movies include:

  • Feb. 10: "The Iran Job," a documentary by Till Schauder about an American basketball player in Iran, will be screened at the Smithgall Arts Center, located at 331 Spring St., Gainesville.
  • March 6: "Finding Hillywood," a film by Leah Warshawski, explores the efforts to start a film industry in Rwanda. The screening will be in the Hoag Student Center Auditorium on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
  • April 14: "The New Public," filmed over four years by Jyllian Gunther, chronicles the opening of a new public school in Brooklyn's inner city. The screening will be held in the Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building on UNG's Gainesville Campus.

For more information about the independent film series, including trailers and additional information, or to buy tickets, call The Arts Council at 770-534-2787 or visit the website at

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