Now in its second year, the Evanston-based 2010 Talking Pictures Festival, May 6 – 9, celebrates independent films from around the world mixed with offerings by local filmmakers.  From Oscar nominated shorts to hard-hitting documentaries and imaginative fiction films, this year’s four-day festival features 18 full-length films and five programs of shorts, including regional premieres from the US, Japan, Israel, Canada and Georgia/Kazakhstan.  Festival venues include NEXT Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Hotel Orrington’s Hinman Theater, Century 12/CineArts 6 (opening Nnght only), and the Evanston Public Library.  
Tickets are available at the door or at www.talkingpicturesfestival.eventbrite.com.
Schedule:

May 6

7:30 p.m. ,“The Other Bank, “ 7:30 p.m., Century 12 Evanston/Cine Arts 6

May 7

7 p.m., “Fighting Fish,” Next Theatre,  927 Noyes St.

7:30 p.m. “Windfall,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington, 1702 Orrington Ave.

9:15 p.m.,  “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench,” Next Theatre, 927 Noyes St.

9:30 p.m., “Shorts/Take 1,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

May 8

12:30 p.m. “Shorts/Take 2,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

2:45 p.m., “Under Our Skin,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

1:30 p.m. “Tapped,” Next Theatre

3 p.m. “Portraits of Emotion,” Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

4 p.m. “No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson,” Next Theatre
5:15 “Automorphosis,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

7 p.m., “2010 Oscar Shorts – Drama,” Next Theatre
7:30 p.m. “Happy Ending,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

9 p.m. “Echotone,” Next Theatre
9:15 p.m., “The Liquid of Life,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

May 9

Noon, “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home,” Next Theatre

12:30 p.m. “The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

2:15 p.m. “2010 Oscar Shorts – Animation,” Next Theatre

2:30 p.m., “Whiz Kids,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

2:30 p.m. “Cat Ladies,” Evanston Public Library

4:15 p.m. “Prisoner of Her Past,” Next Theatre

4:15 p.m. “Shorts/Take 3,” Hinman Theatre at Hotel Orrington

4:15 p.m. “It’s in The Blood: Leo Abshire & the Cajun Tradition,” Evanston Public Library.