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small, beautifully MOVING PARTS

Thursday, Sept 20
Dinner @ 6PM
Film Screening @ 7PM

The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center

Tickets: $15 Adults;
$13 Students/Seniors
(includes dinner, film and filmmaker Q&A reception)

small, beautifully MOVING PARTS

The Arts Council, Inc. and Gainesville State College present the independent feature film “small, beautifully MOVING PARTS” with Directors and Producers Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Smithgall Arts Center on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Ticket price includes the movie, a season kick-off dinner, and the Meet the Filmmaker Q&A session following the film screening.


When technophile Sarah Sparks becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother, living far away and off-the-grid. A comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age, Roger Ebert calls the film “effortlessly engaging … a small film [that] knows exactly how to be a small film.” Small, Beautifully Moving Parts premiered at SXSW and is the winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize and the RiverRun Film Festival Audience Award.

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“Effortlessly engaging … this is a small film and knows exactly how to be a small film. Like many New Yorker short stories, its purpose is to strike a particular note and allow it to reverberate.” – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN TIMES

“True to its title, the film is small, beautiful and moving.” – Matt Singer, TIME OUT CHICAGO Critics Pick!

“Small Beautifully Moving Parts is a tiny sweet gem … effortless in its merging of 21st-Century techie stuff and that most basic of beta systems: our own hearts.”

“A well-observed little indie that goes off in pleasantly unexpected directions.” “The filmmakers and Hollyman create such an endearing character.”
– Ian Buckwalter, NPR

“Leaves a smile on your face and leaves you wanting more.”

“Unmistakably human in its warmth, an indie road movie that runs like clockwork.”
– Stephen Saito,

“By turns precise and elliptical, like a meticulously crafted short story.”
– Joe Leydon, VARIETY



WINNER – Audience Choice Award for Best American Independent Film, RiverRun Int’l Film Festival

2012 WINNER – Best Actress, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Fargo Film Festival

2012 WINNER – Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2011

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lisa robinson - small, beautifully MOVING PARTS

Lisa Robinson (Co-Writer/Co-Director) works as a screenwriter and director. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts, her first feature, premiered at SXSW and has screened at over 20 festivals, winning the Audience Award at RiverRun and opening theatrically in over 15 cities. She has written and directed other shorts that have screened at festivals including Cannes - Directors' Fortnight, Telluride and Edinburgh. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York.

Annie Howell - small, beautifully MOVING PARTS

Annie J. Howell (Co-Writer/Co-Director) recently co-wrote and co-directed her first feature, Small, Beautifully Moving Parts. The film opened theatrically in 2012 to favorable reviews from NPR and Roger Ebert, and received the 2011 Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize. Her short films have aired on the Sundance Channel, PBS, and the Independent Film Chnnel, and as part of the ITVS web series, FutureStates. She lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.


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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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