Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Strange Culture

Year: 2006
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 75 minutes

Strange Culture

STRANGE CULTURE, the latest film of acclaimed director Lynn Hershman Leeson ("Teknolust," 30th CIFF), supersedes the norms of documentary filmmaking to expose the shocking repercussions of post-9/11 paranoia. In 2004, while respected artist and college professor Steve Kurtz was working on an exhibition concerning genetically modified food, his wife Hope suddenly died of heart failure. When the paramedics arrived at the Kurtz household, they hardly eased this tragic situation for Steve. Upon seeing his art supplies, including bacteria-speckled petri dishes and mutant flies bought over the Internet, the paramedics became suspicious and called the FBI. Soon after, dozens of men in hazmat suits were rifling through his entire household, impounding his computers, books, cat, and even his deceased wife. For the past three years, the government has maintained charges against Kurtz as a suspected bioterrorist with little evidence. Due to legal stipulations, Kurtz cannot discuss the case. Thus, along with news footage, animation, and testimonials, Leeson employs actors, including Tilda Swinton ("Teknolust") and Thomas Jay Ryan as Hope and Steve Kurtz, to reenact this appalling story of government incompetence. – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 9:45 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 12:00 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lise Swenson, Steven Beer, Lynn Hershman Leeson

Hiro Narita

Lynn Hershman Leeson

Principal Cast
Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Coyote, Josh Kornbluth, Steve Kurtz

Process Creative Studios, and SPACES

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