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CAN Film Festival to continue in Winthrop Oct. 11 [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

October 2, 2013


WINTHROP -- St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Winthrop will continue the CAN Film Festival with a showing of "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is generally accepted as one of the best treatments of the segregation issue and racial relations yet to be released. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the Friends Meeting House on Winthrop Center Road, Route 135.

Sensitively directed by Robert Mulligan, it stars Gregory Peck as Depression-era lawyer Atticus Finch who defends a Black defendant against an undeserved charge and tries to inoculate his own children against prejudice in a deeply segregated America.

Told from one of his children's perspective, the film gains an authenticity and simplicity which has seldom been matched by other treatments of this issue. Suitable for all viewers, the film will continue the CAN Festival's emphasis on family entertainment offering family fun, seeing great films appealing to all age groups, and supporting local community food banks.

The price of admission is a can or two or three cans or boxed food items to help support the Winthrop and area food banks. Popcorn and modest refreshments for attendees.

The film to be shown has earned an overwhelmingly positive response from film critics, was a box office success, and marked the screen debuts of Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Alice Ghostly. In 1995, the film was listed in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, and aestheticially significant. It ranks 25th on the American Film Institute's 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time, and in 2003 the AFI named Attitus Finch as the greatest movie hero of the 20th century.

The Winthrop Food Bank posts its most needed items at http:// as well as items they can accept. For more information, call 207-685-1022 or 207-213-6223 or email

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