Two films — one delving into the salacious lives of Hollywood’s Golden Age stars, the other a documentary on family differences — open Aug. 31 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Based on a 2012 memoir by former-U.S. Marine Scott Bowers, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” offers a different narrative of classic Hollywood. The film details Bowers’ intimate relationships with stars such as Ava Gardner and Katherine Hepburn.
While “Scott and the Secret History of Hollywood” is at first a scandalous tale of hidden sexuality in Hollywood, it also provides a unique perspective about how moral repression shaped the lives of Golden Age Hollywood stars.
“Scott and the Secret History of Hollywood” is not rated but includes adult content and language. It shows through Sept. 6.
Inspired by Andrew Solomon’s best-selling book, “Far from the Tree” profiles several families in which parents learn to accept their one-of-a-kind kids.
Families in the film include: a mother and son determine to show the world that Down Syndrome does not define a child; a couple learning to communicate that their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose deep love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime.
“Far from the Tree” allows viewers to rethink what it means to be a normal family. The film is not rated and shows through Sept. 6.
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