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Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play

January 9, 2016, 10:00 AM

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 AM, repeating until January 10, 2016

$8 – $36

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neo-lithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, Bounce explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports, the passion that they inspire, and why the ball occupies such a central place in these games. The evolutionary biologists, anthropologists and historians who have studied play know that anything that universal has to be essential. And yet all attempts to reduce it to a set of common sense benefits fail utterly to explain or capture the reckless abandon, the poetry of body and mind, the labyrinth of stories, rules, games, metaphors, social customs—all that meaning thrust upon the simplest object in the world. The film crosses time, languages, continents, and even species to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. (Unrated, 76 min.)

Cinematographer and Producer David McLain will attend the January 10 screening!

Sponsored by SBS/Carbon Copy.

Cinema Explorations 2016 is a community-curated winter film series at Railroad Square Cinema. The screenings take place on Saturday and Sunday mornings for six consecutive weekends, starting January 9 & 10. Complimentary bagels will be provided by Bagel Mainea.

Individual tickets cost $8 each; festival passes, which admit one to all six films, are $36. Railroad Square comp tickets, ten-passes, and Maine Film Center membership benefits may also be used. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online in advance.


January 9, 2016
10:00 AM
$8 – $36


Railroad Square Cinema
Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St
Waterville, ME
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