How to Live in Irvine, a UCHRI funded Engaging Humanities Project, the UC Irvine Department of Film and Media Studies, the University Hills HRB invites you to a documentary film series curated by Catherine Liu. Documentaries are powerful vehicles for story telling and community building. We hope to provide our community with the opportunity to see outstanding films that give us a context for our intimate experiences with the natural and built environments. 


How to Live in Irvine is a project that is contributing to Lev Anderson’s California Council for the Humanities funded documentary feature on the city of Irvine, under the working title, Model City.


All screenings will take place at the University Hills Community Center

1083 California Avenue Irvine, CA 92617

These films are appropriate for all age groups, but very young children will not enjoy watching them. Please be considerate of the audience and your neighbors!  


Light refreshments will be served. Q & A and discussion will follow.


April 4, 2015 Saturday 7 pm

Screening: Ivory Tower (2014) (Andrew Rossi)

As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $ 1trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.

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May 3, 2015 Sunday 6 pm

Screening: 50,000 Balls (2008) (Tom Purva)

In 50,000 Balls, four 12-year-old junior tennis players share spirited camaraderie off the court in-between fiercely fought battles on the court as they follow the arduous road to the national championship.

The film, created and produced by Tom Pura, reveals the mental, emotional and physical demands and rewards of being a full-time junior high school student and top-ranked junior tennis player. Tom Pura, who witnessed the tender and tough moments of competitive junior tennis as a parent, "wanted to create a movie that is about sacrifice, about passion, about dedication."

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May 16, 2015 Saturday 7 pm

Screening: 56up (2012) (Michael Apted)

Give me the child until he is seven and I will give you the man.”

Starting in 1964 with Seven UpThe UP Series has explored this Jesuit maxim. The original concept was to interview 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England, asking them about their lives and their dreams for the future. Every seven years, renowned director Michael Apted, a researcher for Seven Up, has been back to talk to them, examining the progression of their lives.

From cab driver Tony to schoolmates Jackie, Lynn and Susan and the heart-breaking Neil, as they turn 56 more life-changing decisions and surprising developments are revealed. An extraordinary look at the structure of life in the 20th century, The UP Series is, according to critic Roger Ebert, “an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life.”

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June 13, 2015 Saturday 7 pm

Screening: Watermark (2013) (Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynysky)

The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. We see massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We witness how humans are drawn to water, from the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, where thirty million people gather for a sacred bath in the Ganges at the same time. 


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