Clemson University

Southern Circuit independent film series

The Department of English, EMO, and AAH are honored to present the documentary The Starfish Throwers with filmmaker Jesse Roesler. Following the screening — part of South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers — Roesler will engage the audience in a discussion about the film.

The Starfish Throwers: Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a twelve year-old girl, and a retired school teacher discover how their individual efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system in India, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling when she was nine years old blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit with 73 gardens dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Allan Law battles personal health issues as he hand-delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry in Minneapolis. This documentary tells tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and see their impact ripple further than their individual actions.

Jesse Roesler is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened internationally in venues such as the SXSW Film Festival and on Current TV. Jesse’s approach to filmmaking is best described as ‘cinematic authenticity.’ By fusing narrative cinematic technique with the authenticity found in documentary-style filmmaking, his work blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction by capturing the truth in a conceptually thoughtful manner.

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. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization building on the South's unique heritage and enhancing the public value of the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in issues important to its region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Hendrix Student Center, McKissick Theatre
720 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

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All Audiences




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