Archive for October, 2011


“Forks Over Knives” Screens 11/2/11

21 October 2011

The next OFG event (sponsored with SUNY Oswego’s Civic Engagement coalition and Science Café ad hoc group) will be the documentary Forks Over Knives.

The 2011 documentary traces the separate journeys of two men, nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Cornell University, and surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic. Their work leads both men to focus on a plant-based diet as key to health, warding off—and dealing more effectively with—many of the diseases that afflict us. In an interview in The New York Times, Campbell noted, “We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health. We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it’s not. I’m talking about whole, plant-based foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.”  In addition to giving the perspective of medical and health professionals, the film tells the stories of patients who are using whole food diets to help treat their chronic conditions. The film, written and directed by Lee Fulkerson, is rated PG and runs 90 minutes. The movie’s website is

The free screening (open to the public) will be Wednesday, November 2 at 7 PM in the Community Room at the Oswego Public Libary (120 East Second Street). A discussion will follow the film.


OFG Films/Night Out at the Movies Films Available at the Library

19 October 2011

More than half of the films that OFG has shown (or gone to see at the Oswego Cinema as our Nights Out at the Movies) are available on DVD from the North Country Library System. A total of 15 can be found at the Oswego Public Library; more than 40 are at one or more of the other libraries in the North Country system (which includes Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St Lawrence counties)–including the film we screened last week, Of Gods and Men! (Some of these DVDs may be Blu-Ray only). To check on the availability of any of these (or to browse), please go to the online catalog you’ll find on the Oswego Public Library site ( or the North County site (

At the Oswego Public Library:

Akeelah and the Bee, American Blackout, Bride & Prejudice, The Cove, Crazy Heart, Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, The Forest for the Trees, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, An Inconvenient Truth, Inside Job, Munich, Syriana, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Who’s Camus Anyway?, Winter’s Bone

At other libraries in the North Country Library System:

Aurora Borealis, Becoming Jane, Black Swan, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Class, The Constant Gardener, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Doubt, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Familia, Fast Food Nation, The Fighter, Food, Inc., Frozen River, Gran Torino, Hotel Rwanda, I’m Not There, The Informant!, The King’s Speech, The Kite Runner, The Last King of Scotland, León, the Professional, Letters from Iwo Jima, Let the Right One In, Man on Wire, Monster Thursday, The Narrow Margin, Of Gods and Men, Persepolis, A Prairie Home Companion, The Producers (2006), Proof, The Reader, Running With Scissors, The Savages, Shopgirl, Slumdog Millionaire, Sugar, Super Troopers, Thank You for Smoking, Top Hat, Transamerica, The Upside of Anger, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The World’s Fastest Indian   


OFG Presents “Of Gods and Men” 10/12/11

4 October 2011

\”Of Gods and Men\” trailer

OFG continues its Best of the Festivals series with the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner for Best Film, Of Gods and Men. The film will be shown at 6:45 PM in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East Second Street) Wednesday, October 12. A question and answer session and discussion will follow the screening (which is free and open to the public).

The film was inspired by real events in the 1990s.

Lambert Wilson plays Christian, the head of a Cistercian monastery in Algeria: a spartan order devoted to contemplation and prayer. Their community has developed a happy relationship with the local Muslim villagers, based partly on the free outpatient clinic they provide. They have a quiet, supportive respect for each other’s traditions. But dark forces are gathering: intolerant jihadist forces have already murdered Croatian construction workers, and are rumoured to have the Catholic monks in their sights as the ultimate prize…. The monks must now decide: should they stay or should they go? Is going cowardice? Is staying arrogance? Is martyrdom their destiny? (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, December 2, 2010)

The film was directed by Xavier Beauvois. Of Gods and Men, in French and Arabic, runs 120 minutes and is rated PG-13. The film’s website is