About the Movie

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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DECEMBER
Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 pm – Nehalem, OR
North County Recreation District theatre – Presented by Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series
JANUARY
Thursday, Jan. 10, 6:30 pm – Gateshead, UK
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Sunday, Jan. 13, 7:00 pm – Duluth, MN
Zeitgeist Arts Center – Zinema 2
Jan 23-31 – Seattle, WA
Northwest Film Forum
PAST SCREENINGS

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 & 7:00 pm – Oakland, CA
The New Parkway, presented by Berkeley Film Foundation


The New Parkway Theater – Co-presented by the Berkeley FILM Foundation and featuring a post-film discussion with Director Arwen Curry

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:00 pm – Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Pravo Ljudski Film Festival

Sunday, Nov. 25, 5:50 pm – Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Film – Part of Book Week Scotland, the film will be introduced by Ken MacLeod

Thursday, Nov. 22, 6:30 pm – London, UK
Lexi Cinema – So Mayer will introduce the film, and a panel discussion will follow the film.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 am – Polson, Montana
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read – North Lake County Public Library District. Popcorn will be provided.

Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 pm – Berlin, Germany
Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest

Saturday, Nov. 10, 11:45 am – New York, New York
DOC NYC – SVA Theater in Chelsea. Director Arwen Curry and Animator Molly Schwartz in attendance.

Sat, Nov. 10, 12:00 pm & Thu, Nov. 15, 7:00 pm – Brighton, UK
CINECITY – Dukes at Komedia (10th) and Towner Art Gallery (15th)

Friday, Nov. 9, 8:30 pm – Gothenburg, Sweden
Bio Roy

Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 pm – Stockholm, Sweden
Presented by Bio Rio and Science Fiction Bokhandeln

Fri, Oct. 26 – Tue, Nov. 26 – London, UK
Bertha DocHouse

Friday, Oct. 25, 7 pm – Mexico City, Mexico
Centro Cultural Elena Garro

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7:30 pm – Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Film Festival – VIOLET CROWN 5

Thursday, Nov. 1, 3:45pm – Nantes , France
Festival Les Utopiales

Saturday, Nov. 3, 4:30 pm – Belgrade, Serbia
Beokon Festival, Belgrade

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2:00 pm – London, England
Barbican Theater 2 – New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival, with post-screening talk with Pat Cadigan and So Mayer

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30-9:30 pm – Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore College: Talk with Julie Phillips, Ursula K. Le Guin biographer 4:15-5:30 pm, followed by film screening at 7:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1:00 pm – Austin, TX
Austin Film Festival, Hideout Theater

Friday, Oct. 26, 6:00 pm – Zaragoza, Spain
International Women Make Movies – Centro de Historias

Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 pm – San Francisco, CA
Balboa Theater – FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE

Saturday, Oct. 20, 11:30 am & Sunday, Oct. 21, 6:00 pm – Sante Fe, NM
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – Filmmaker Arwen Curry in attendance for Sunday show

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:00 pm – San Francisco, CA
LITQUAKE Screening followed by conversation with Arwen Curry and Michael Chabon, Alamo Draft House

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

Friday, Sept. 21 (screening time TBA) – Bilbao, Spain
AnsibleFest, Bilbao

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:15 pm – Eugene, Oregon
Oregon Independent Film Festival

Friday, Sept. 14-16 – Portland, Oregon
U.S. Premiere Screening, Northwest Film Center

Sunday, Sept. 16, 5:30 pm – Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Scottish Premiere

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 pm – Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver International Film Festival and Vancouver Writer’s Fest

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:00 pm – Bergen Kunsthall – Norway

Sunday, June 10, 7:00 pm – Sheffield, England
WORLD PREMIERE – Sheffield Documentary Film Festival

The Team

Arwen Curry (Director & Producer

Arwen Curry

Director, Producer
Arwen Curry (Director & Producer
Arwen Curry

Director, Producer

Arwen Curry worked with Ursula K. Le Guin for ten years to create Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. As an associate producer, her projects include EAMES: The Architect and the Painter (2011), American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco (2013), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and five 30-minute science and technology documentaries made for the PBS member station KQED between 2012 and 2014. She also directed a short documentary, Stuffed (2008). Arwen is a former chief editor of the seminal punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll and has written for print, radio, and film. Arwen is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Johnny Nackley and their two little boys, Desmond and Stee.

Juli Vizza

Juli Vizza

Editor
Juli Vizza
Juli Vizza

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.

Andrew Gersh

Editor
Andrew Gersh

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.

Jason Andrew Cohn

Jason Andrew Cohn

Co-Producer
Jason Andrew Cohn
Jason Andrew Cohn

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.

Camille Servan-Schreiber

Co-Producer
Camille Servan-Schreiber

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.

Andrew Black

Director of Photography
Andrew Black

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.

Ariana Reguzzoni

Ariana Reguzzoni

Associate Producer
Ariana Reguzzoni
Ariana Reguzzoni

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.

Molly Schwartz

Animator
Molly Schwartz

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.

William Ryan Fritch

Composer
William Ryan Fritch

Composer

William Ryan Fritch is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer living in the artisan community of Petaluma, California.

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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U.S Distribution

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is distributed in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada by Grasshopper Film. Digital streaming, downloads and DVD copies are expected in fall 2019.

International Distribution

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U.S. Broadcast

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is anticipated to air on PBS American Masters in October 2019.

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