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WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin. Best known for groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy works such as A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, and The Dispossessed, Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of “respectable” literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature. Her fascinating story has never before been captured on film.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a journey through the writer’s career and her worlds, both real and fantastic. Viewers will join the writer on an intimate journey of self-discovery as she comes into her own as a major feminist author, opening new doors for the imagination and inspiring generations of women and other marginalized writers along the way. The film features stunning animation and reflections by literary luminaries including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, and more.

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities, the Berkeley Film Foundation, and 3,185 backers on Kickstarter.

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MAY 14, 2018 – BOOK RIOT Watch the Trailer for the Documentary about Ursula K. Le Guin – Margaret Kingsbury
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MARCH 7, 2018 – IMAGINARY WORLDS Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin
JANUARY 25, 2018 – KALW CROSSCURRENTS RADIO SHOW
APRIL 26, 2016 – SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE ‘Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin’ explores sci-fi author’s universe – Eli Wolfe
MARCH 3, 2016 – GALLEYCAT Ursula K. Le Guin Fans Raise $200,000 On Kickstarter For a Documentary – Maryann Yin
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Film Screening Dates

LONDON SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED

Bertha DocHouse – From Friday, October 26 for seven days

Barbican Cinema 2 – Wednesday, November 3, 14:00

Lexi Cinema – Saturday, November 10, Matinee with Q&A

Ursula Le Guin - Fullbright Year

LONDON SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED

Bertha DocHouse – From Friday, October 26 for seven days

Barbican Cinema 2 – Wednesday, November 3, 14:00

Lexi Cinema – Saturday, November 10, Matinee with Q&A

Sunday, Oct. 14, 7:00 pm – Missoula, MT
The Roxy Theater Screen 2 – Presented Free of Charge by the Missoula Public Library

Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:00 pm & Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:00 pm – Bend, OR
BendFilm Festival – FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE FOR BOTH SCREENINGS

Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00 am – Louisville, KY
Louisville International Festival of Film

Friday, Oct. 12, 7:30 pm – Ashland, OR
Ashland Independent Film Festival – Varsity World Film Week


Director’s Dinner, 5:00 pm at Cucina Biazzi; Closing Night Party 9:45 pm, Hearsay – Filmmaker in attendance

Friday, Oct. 12, 7:00 pm – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Film Girl Film Festival – Opening Night Film, followed by after party with music and free pizza

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2:00 pm – Krakow, Poland
Unsound Music Festival screening will be accompanied by a performance by Todd Barton of “Music and Poetry of The Kesh,” written by Barton and Ursula K. Le Guin as an accompaniment to her 1985 masterwork, Always Coming Home.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:00 pm – Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Film Festival, Grand Cinema, screening with Vanessa Renwick’s short film “Kesh”

Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:45 pm & Sunday Oct. 7, 12:00 pm – Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz Film Festival – FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE FOR SATURDAY SCREENING

Sunday, Oct. 7, 8:30 pm – Glendale, CA
Glendale International Film Festival

Friday, Oct. 5, 6:00 pm & Monday, Oct. 8, 12:00 pm – Mill Valley, CA
Mill Valley Film Festival – FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE FOR BOTH SCREENINGS

Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:10 pm, Monday, Sept. 24, 7:30 pm & Saturday, Sept. 29, 8:30 pm – Kaunas, Lithuania
Kaunas International Film Festival

Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00 am & Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30 pm – Port Townsend, WA
Port Townsend Film Festival, Washington State Premiere

The Team
Director, Producer - Arwen Curry has spent her career working on films about game-changing creative Americans. She was Associate Producer and Archivist of the PBS American Masters film EAMES: The Architect and the Painter (2011).Read More
Editor - Juli Vizza is an award-winning editor and producer with nearly two decades of experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. Her films have premiered at the world’s top film festivals.Read More
Editor - Andrew Gersh is an award-winning documentary film editor based in Berkeley, CA. His work has screened around the world in festivals, theaters, museums and on television, including HBO, Netflix, Showtime, ABC, PBS, BBC and Channel 4, UK.Read More
Co-Producer - Jason Andrew Cohn is the producer, writer and director of the Peabody Award-winning EAMES: The Architect and the Painter which aired nationally on PBS American Masters in 2011, following a successful theatrical release.Read More
Co-Producer - Camille Servan-Schreiber has worked in documentary film since 1998 and has received numerous awards including a Golden Spire Award from the San Francisco Film Festival.Read More
Director of Photography - Andrew Black shoots acclaimed features and documentaries, including Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 and Sicko. He shot the Academy Award-nominated The Weather Underground by Sam Green and Bill Siegel.Read More
Associate Producer - Ariana Reguzzoni is the Associate Producer of Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. She has worked for PBS Frontline, KQED, Current TV and Northern Light Productions in Boston, MA.Read More
Animator - Molly Schwartz runs her own production studio creating art, animation, design, special effects, code and interaction for public art installations, site-specific projection, and documentary film.Read More
Composter - William Ryan Fritch is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer living in the artisan community of Petaluma, California.Read More
About Ursula

Background

Ursula Kroeber was born on October 21, 1929 in Berkeley, California, where she grew up. Her parents were the anthropologist Alfred Kroeber and Theodora Kracaw Kroeber, author of Ishi in Two Worlds. She went to Radcliffe College and did graduate work at Columbia University.

Ursula K. Le Guin was prolific in both poetry and prose, mainly in the genres of realistic fiction, science fiction and fantasy. She wrote 22 novels as well as dozens of volumes of short stories, poems, young children’s books, books for young adults, screenplays, essays, and works of translation.

Ursula K. Le Guin died on January 22, 2018 at her home in Portland, Oregon. She is survived by her husband, historian Charles A. Le Guin, her three children, and her four grandchildren.


 

Most of Le Guin’s major titles have remained continuously in print, some for over 40 years. For an in-depth bibliography visit www.ursulakleguin.com.

Writing

Le Guin first began publishing in the mid-1960s, and soon became known for her cultural sophistication and artistry. Her work has often depicted futuristic or imaginary alternative worlds in politics, the natural environment, gender, religion, sexuality, and ethnography. Le Guin, by elevating science fiction from mind candy to serious speculation, gave permission to younger mainstream writers like Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and David Mitchell to explore fantastic elements in their work.

In 2014 Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2002 she won a PEN/Malamud Award for “excellence in a body of short fiction.”

In April 2000 the U.S. Library of Congress made her a Living Legend in the “Writers and Artists” category for her significant contributions to America’s cultural heritage.

In science fiction, Le Guin won the top awards many times over. For novels alone, she won five Locus, four Nebula, two Hugo, and one World Fantasy Award. (The Dispossessed won the Locus, Nebula, and Hugo.) Her third Earthseanovel, The Farthest Shore, won the 1973 National Book Award for Young People’s LiteratureUnlocking the Air and Other Stories was one of three finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is distributed in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada by Grasshopper Film.

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