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"Running the Sahara" tells the story of three runners who crossed the Sahara Desert. Its screening is the first event of the Series.

Downer Theatre to be home for "NEHST Out Independent Film" series

To add yet another film honor to the Milwaukee area, Academy Award Winning Producer Larry Meistrich has chosen the Downer Theatre as a site for this year's NEHST Out Series of Independent Film.

Producer of such films as "Sling Blade" and "You Can Count on Me," Meistrich and his production company, NEHST Studios, chose Milwaukee as one of 20 U.S. cities for a variety of film events in 2010.

Milwaukee's first event, a screening of "Running the Sahara," airs this Thursday. A film produced and narrated by Matt Damon, "Running the Sahara" tells the story of three ultra-marathoners who trek across the Sahara Desert. The film is followed by a question and answer session with Charlie Engle, one of the stars of the film.

Set to be scheduled at a later date, the second NEHST Out Series event is a showing of "Mayor of Strawberry Fields," the story of a homeless man in New York who has decorated the John Lennon Memorial for the last 15 years. Also to be held at the Downer Theatre, "Mayor of Strawberry Fields" will be followed by a question and answer with writer and director Torre Catalano as well as a 45 minute performance by soundtrack artist John Ryan.


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