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Friday, July 30, 2010

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek discuss their new movie, “Get Low.” Paparazzo Ron Galella and Oscar-winning director Leon Gast talk about the documentary “Smash His Camera.” Filmmaker Danielle Ash describes about her work in animation and her recent films "Pigeon Dance" and “Pickles for Nickels.” Plus, our latest Please Explain.

Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek

Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek discuss their new movie, "Get Low," about a cantankerous recluse who stages his own memorial service while he’s still alive, so he can find out what everyone says about him. The two actors talk about the unexpected parallels of their lives and careers, and about working together for the first time on this film. “Get Low” opens Friday, July 30, at Lincoln Plaza cinemas and the Regal Union Square Theater.

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Ron Galella and Leon Gast on “Smash His Camera”

Legendary paparazzo Ron Galella and Oscar-winning director Leon Gast discuss the documentary “Smash His Camera,” which chronicles Galella’s career as a notorious guerrilla photographer. They’ll talk about Galella’s dogged pursuit of, and infamous battle with, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, among other celebrities. The film examines the nature of fame, the relationship between celebrities and their chroniclers, and the balance between privacy and freedom of the press. "Smash His Camera" is playing at Cinema Village.

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Animator Danielle Ash

Award-winning filmmaker Danielle Ash talks about her work in animation and discusses her recent films: "Pigeon Dance" and “Pickles for Nickels.”  Her films use a variety of techniques involving stop-motion animation, cardboard sets and puppets, which are combined with elements of computer animation.

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Bird Mites

Lou Sorkin, entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses how bird mites can move from nests into your home, and what to do to prevent, and combat, an infestation.

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Please Explain: Dreams and Nightmares

Deirdre Barrett, assistant clinical professor of psychology in Harvard Medical School’s Psychiatry Department, and Rosalind Cartwright, professor Emeritus in the Division of Neuroscience at Rush University Medical Center, discuss how dreams are studied, what they reveal about us, and what therapies can treat nightmares and other disorders. Dr. Barrett's latest book is Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose, and she's the editor of Trauma and Dreams, and the author of The Committee of Sleep, and Rosalind Cartwright is the author of The Twenty-four our Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives.

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