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"College? Right after I finish
high school? Why I haven't even
been to Europe yet!"
The post-high school graduation,
European excursion has become the
status symbol of affluent American
youth. Thousands of young yankees,
fresh from the hallowed halls of Happy
Days High, stream across the Atlantic
each summer with knapsacks on their
backs and American Express travelers
cheques in their wallets.
It is this unique and slightly absurd
phenomena that Leon Capetanos, a
Raleigh native and UNC graduate,
explores in his new movie, Summer
Run. The film was released in Raleigh
and Chapel Hill last month for its first
. The remarkable aspect of Summer
Run is not its subject matter, though,
but that it was written, directed,
financed and distributed independently
of the major film studios. In an era
dominated by multi-million dollar
productions like The Godfather and
The Exorcist, this is no small
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who control what you see in the
movies," Capetanos, writer and director
of Summer Run, told an RTV MP class
last week. The result of this
concentration, he said, is a lack of
diversity and originality in films.
"We use movies to teach us things
about how we act. Most movies are
about death. They teach us how to die if
we get hit by a bullet, or else they teach
us how to be on a downer."
Summer Run is an attempt to break
away from these film stereotypes and
cliches. It is the story of a Chapel Hill
youth traveling in Europe who meets a
Swedish girl and falls in love.
The boy is overcome by the lure of the
voluptuous hamburger and the please of
his parents and decides to return home
at the end of the summer. At the last
moment, however, he has a change of
heart and decides to stay with the girl.
"1 wanted to make a movie about
living and having a good time,"
Capetanos said. "1 wanted to show that
it was possible, if confronted by a good
time, to keep on having a good time
without getting bored."
Capetanos feels society has trained us
to be bored by life, and he reflects this
feeling in his movie. "Consumerism is
based on ruining everything for you
quickly " he said. "As soon as you've
. had a little of one thing, you're ready for
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The boy in Summer Run soon realizes
that he's not as complicated as he's been
taught to believe, and that he can be
relatively happy without being a
successs in the American sense of the
The movie is based on a personal
experience. "What I lived over there was
so much more romantic and intense
than the film, that I had to tone it down
to make it believable." For this reason,
he was astounded when a review in
Seventeen magazine called his film a
Capetanos originally took the idea for
his movie to a man at Universal studios,
who liked it but wanted to change it
significantly. Instead of allowing the
movie to be put through the conforming
grind of the studio, Capetanos turned to
friends in Texas who agreed to handle
finances and distribution for him.
The production cost was $250,000, as
compared to the $1.5 million spent on
the average studio film. The cost
included 56 days of shooting in Europe.
Capetanos stressed the point that none
of his people were underpaid.
"Distribution was the most difficult
aspect of producing the film. The system
is only set up for these massive, studio
films," Capetanos said. He noted,
however, that studios are making so few
films now that theatres are often forced
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The talented Pointer Sisters will bring
their unique sound of bebop, soul, gospel
and scat to Chapel Hill at 9 p.m. Wednesday,
March 27, in Carmichael Auditorium
Student tickets, $2, are now on sale at the
Union desk. Public tickets will go on sale
Monday, March 8.
Anita, Bonnie, Ruth and June, four of six
children of the Rev. Elton Pointer, began
their singing career in the West Oakland
Church of God. The sisters were raised
strictly and were not allowed to listen to any
form of music other than hymns.
In high school, the Pointer Sisters
encountered the sounds of R&B, blues and
jazz. They were influenced by Aretha
Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Sarah
Vaughn, B.B. King, Bessie Smith, Quincy
Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Johnny
Cash and others. The sisters went their
separate ways after high school. Only Bonnie
and June pursued a singing career.
to take films from independents to keep
The film was screened for various
critics and at film festivals across the
country and recieved favorable
reactions. "Honest" was the word
appearing in most reviews.
The film was named Director's
Choice at the U.S.A. Film Festival in
Dallas, Tex., and Best Feature Film at
the Atlanta Film Festival. The Atlanta
festival also named the young Swedish
girl, Tina Lund, who was making her
first and probably last film appearance,
as Best Supporting Actress.
Capetanos is uncertain how his film
will fare at the nation's box offices. This,
however, does not particularly concern
him. A film with a budget as low as
Summer Run, he noted, doesn't have to
be a big box office hit to be a financial
At any rate, he doesn't seem to be
interested in making huge profits on the
film ."1 can live very well on $30,000 a
year. On $250,000, 1 get into an abstract
position. 1 don't know what I'm doing.
At $500,000 I'm spending most of my
time trying to avoid taxes.
Capetanos graduated from UNC in
1962. He remained in Chapel Hill with a
Music Corporation of American
(MCA) writing fellowship until 1965.
He worked in Durham for a while and
then moved to Los Angeles.
He is currently working on two new
movies; one called White on White,
which is about two girls living in Los
Angeles, Calif., and Country Road,
which takes place in the mountains of
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The two sisters got off to a slow start after
a few small appearances, and then Anita
decided to join them. After more
disappointments, they became backup
singers on a single called Friends, and then
worked with two other groups on various
After more exposure with the Elvin
Bishop Group, the three sisters made
national appearances with Dave Mason and
had a feature performance on the Taj Mahal
Ruth later joined the other sisters for their
first solo album. The Pointer Sisters. Their
talents are fully evident with album features
such as an old song medley and Yes We Can
Auditions for Taming oj the Shrew will be
held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
in Memorial Hall.
Parts are open for one woman and five
men. Director Joe Coleman is also looking
for anyone with circus talents.
The show will be produced in April in the
The National Ballet of Washington, D.C.,
will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 29,
through Sunday, March 31, at the Reynolds
Coliseum in Raleigh.
Tickets for the second Friends of the
College program of the semester are now
available to students for $1.50 at the Union
The company, known as "America's
"American Graffiti." Carolina Theatre. A
night in the life of teenagers a decade ago. It's
packaged nostalgia and often cornball, but
the acting is excellent, and it has been
directed with a beautiful flow by the talented,
George Lucas. Overrated, but still very good. -1:23,
3:16, 5:09, 7:02 & 9.
"The Way We Were." Varsity Theatre. Big,
glossy, dumdum attempt at an old-fashioned
love story. The stars only occasionally have
the needed personality, and the discussion of
the issues is insultingly stupid. 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9.
$2. Ends Friday and Saturday at 11:1 5. $1.50.
"Cries and Whispers." Plaza I. One of
Bergman's greatest films, an agonizing study
of human relationships, but It is typical that
the theatres here are playing something that
just played Super Sunday. 2:45, 4:55, 7:05 &
9:15. $2. Ends Thursday.
"Robin Hood." Plaza II. A delight from the
Disney studios. A funny and charming
animated cartoon. 2:45, 4:55, 7:05 & 9:15. $2.
"The Exorcist." Possession film got
extremely mixed reviews. 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30. $3.
Latin American Film Festival: "Memories of
Underdevelopment," a brilliant Cuban film
that many critics rate as one of the ten best
films released in the U.S. last year. Tuesday at
8 p.m. in 101 Greenlaw. Free admission.
The Duke Law Bar Association presents
"The Producers," with Zero Mostel and Gene
Wilder and "The Fatal Glass of Beer," a W.C.
Fields short. Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the Moot
Court Room of the Duke Law School.
Admission 50 cents.
"The Women." Thursday at 8 and 10 p.m. In
the Biological Sciences Auditorium, Duke.,
$1. Sponsored by the Freewater Film Society.
Laboratory Theatre presents
"PoetlxploeJve," an improvisation directed by
Harry Shifmani Wednesday at 4 and 8.
Thursday at 8 p.m. In C6 Graham Memorial.
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Classical Ballet." was founded in 1962 as the
resident company of Washington to serve
the cultural and community needs of the city.
Although they spend most of their time in
Washington, the Ballet frequently tours
throughout the United States.
The National Ballet stresses the great
classical ballets Swan Lake, Coppelia. Les
Sylphides and The Nutcracker.
Summer In Eurcpo
The Union will offer a summer flight to
Europe this year. Departure will be from
New York May 16 returning from London
August 15. Round trip fare is $281.
Complete details will be available after
"The Royal Family of the Circus" returns
with a spectacular performance at 4:30 and 8
p.m. Friday, March 22, in Carmichael
Tickets, $1, are now available to students
and. the public at the Union desk.
The Hannefords have been performing for
audiences for over 350 years, beginning with
a rural England road show called
The Menagerie has grown into a
production of over 60 performers
specializing in all aspects of the circus. There
are elephants, jugglers, tumblers, clowns,
seals, chimpanzees, aerialists and acrobats.
The program also features two women wild
animal trainers. Tajana and Gina Dubsky.
Three new production spectaculars plus
the traditional bareback riding act featuring
nine performers highlight the circus.
The Carolina Union building will close at
6 p.m. Friday and reopen at 12 noon
Sunday, March 17.
Office, Graham Memorial.
"Collision Course," a series of short
playlets. Edited by Edward Parone. Directed
by Kathleen Phelan. Wednesday et 8.
Thursday at 4 & 8 In Graham Memorial. Free
tickets available at Lab Theatre Box Office.
;. The Ourham Theatre Guild presents ""And
Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," by Peut ZlndeL
Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. at the
Allied Arts Center in Durham. Admission $2.
For reservations, call 632-5519.
Auditions for "Taming of the Shrew," by
William Shakespeare. Wednesday and
Thursday at 7:33 in Memorial Hall. Production
dates: Thursday through Saturday, April 13
20 in the Pit. Produced by the Laboratory
Theatre and the Caroina Union Activities
Drama Committee. Parts available for five
men and one woman. Circus telent Including
jugglers, tumblers and fire swsllowers urged
Auditions for 11 major outdoor drama
companies are set for Saturday, Llarch 23 at
the Institute of Outdoor Drama. Registration
deadline is Friday. For more information,
write Auditions Director, Institute of Outdoor
"South Pacific." Village Dinner Theatre,
Raleigh. Buffet at 7, curtain at 8:33. Call 787
7771 for reservations. Nightly except
Marcel Marceau, mime artist. Tonight at 8 In
Memorial Hall. Sold ouL
Greg All man, In concert, at Cameroii
Indoor Stadium, Duke. Sunday, March 17 at 8
p.m. Tickets on sale at all area Record Bars,
the Carolina Union desk, the Duke Quad and
Page Box Office. All seats reserved, $5,
upstairs and $S, downstairs.
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