The first time conductor George Szell saw eccentric pianist Glenn Gould take hold of a piano, he exclaimed "No doubt about it—that nut’s a genius!" Wildly over-dressed in a heavy coat and gloves (even in summer) and dependant on playing seated only upon his father’s ragged chair, Gould was either a genius or mildly autistic—or maybe both. This pair of short documentaries pays tribute to the talent and mythology of a man who died too soon, and quit performing live far sooner. Mary Pickford Auditorium at Claremont McKenna College, Bauer South, 500 E. 9th St., Claremont. Thurs., Oct. 12th, 8 p.m. Free.
THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT
In 1984, an all-white jury in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, convicted black teenager Darryl Hunt of the rape, sodomy and murder of Deborah Sykes, based wholly on the testimony of a Klu Klux Klan member. In 1994, DNA evidence proved Hunt’s innocence, yet he was left pacing his jail cell for ten more years. By digging out the true motives in this modern day witchhunt, this impassioned documentary is a reminder that legal justice from Salem to Winston-Salem continues to be a tainted business. Garrison Theater at Scripps College, 231 E. 10th St., Claremont. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Free.
IN RWANDA WE SAY . . . THE FAMILY THAT DOES NOT SPEAK DIES
From a country at it’s lowest comes this honest and painful tale of forgiveness. Rwanda was never a big nation, and it’s only gotten smaller with the ethnically-motivated slaughter of 800,000 of its Tutsi civilians. When a man suspected of slaughtering many is sent by a tribunal to live among the people he victimized, this documentary follows the emotional struggles of himself and his new neighbors to move forward from the innocence they both lost. Mary Pickford Auditorium at Claremont McKenna College, Bauer South, 500 E. 9th Street, Claremont. Thurs., Oct. 19th, 8 p.m. Free.