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By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

The Village Barbershop
Directed by Chris Ford, 99m, USA
August 6 @ 7 pm | Columbus Theatre Arts Center
Starring John Ratzenberger, this is the tale of a widowed, small-time barber stuck in a rut of haircuts and horse books. When he loses his cutting partner of 20 years, he’s faced with closing Reno’s last men’s barbershop or hiring the last person on earth he’d ever want working there — a woman.

Documentary Features
A Nashville State Of Mind
Directed by John-Martin Vogel, 83m, USA
August 10 @ 12 pm | Cable Car Cinema
Shining a light on Nashville’s alternative music scene and the music industry in general, the film follows Samantha Gibb — daughter of the Bee Gees’ Maurice Gibb — and her band M.E.G.’s when they move to Nashville after her father’s death.

Baghdad Diary
Directed by Joseph and Sandra Consentino, 90m, Norway + USA
August 10 @ 3 pm | Columbus Theatre Arts Center
In March 2003, a Norwegian journalist smuggled a video camcorder into Iraq for Fadil Kadom, a 36-year-old Iraqi taxi driver. The resulting documentary on the Iraq War and its aftermath takes two unique perspectives: an Iraqi man and his family struggling to survive and an American television cameraman embedded at the front lines with the US Army.

BAD TO THE BONE? The subject of Boogie
Man: The Lee Atwater Story.
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Directed by Stefan Forbes, 90m, USA
August 9 @ 5:15 pm | Columbus Theatre Arts Center
Lee Atwater was a blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to GOP national party chairman made him a political rock star. Eye-opening interviews with friends and foes examine Atwater’s crucial role in the victories of President Reagan and both Presidents Bush.

The Greening Of Southie
Directed by Ian Cheney, 85m, USA + Bolivia
August 9 @ 11 am | Columbus Theatre Arts Center
On the streets of South Boston, a new kind of building is rising — the city’s first residential green building. The Macallen Building is a $75-million luxury condominium tower, made from recycled steel, sustainable hardwoods, and wheatboard cabinetry.

Nazis/Skinheads: Hate And The Holocaust In Ukraine
Directed by Daniel Reynolds, 91m, USA +Ukraine
August 6 @ 6 pm | Brown/RISD Hillel
August 10 @ 5 pm | URI Feinstein Campus
The director returns to Ukraine, where he had served as a Peace Corps volunteer, to make a film based on the book The Bones of Berdichev, by John Garrard and Carol Garrard, which argues that the Holocaust began and developed in Ukraine.

The View And Vision
Directed by Liz Argo, 15m, USA + Sweden
August 9 @ 4:30 pm | Bell Street Chapel
The prospect of wind farms off the coast of New England has whipped up a frenzy of supporters and a multi-million-dollar opposition campaign. The documentary takes us to Denmark to visit two offshore wind farms to see what all the fuss is about.

The Drummer
Directed by Bill Block, 19m, USA
August 5 @ 7 pm | Providence Performing Arts Center
August 8 @ 7 pm | Courthouse Center for the Arts, West Kingston
Defeated and alone, Dave wanders the streets in the early hours of his 40th birthday. His great love is music, but no one’s listening. He’s offered a job, a wedding in Connecticut — one last chance to play, but with a band he has never met.

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