Sedona AZ (July 6, 2012) – Yavapai College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Sedona and Verde Valley is a dynamic organization within Yavapai College created to meet the needs of intellectually active mature adults. What makes OLLI a unique learning experience is the lack of pressure – no tests, grades, or papers. It is a warm gathering of people who are endlessly curious and love to learn.
This summer, OLLI has launched a summer camp for adults and on July 11, 2012 local film critic David Kanowsky will be teaching a summer camp class entitled, “The Real in the Reel.”
Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York, Kanowsky is the second of six children. According to Kanowsky, “My birth year was 1933 — the heart of the Great Depression — and I can recall some hard times when I was as young as five or six years. We emerged from depression era poverty to the typical average lower middle class as I migrated through preteen years and my teens in the 1940s and the 1950s.”
Kanowsky shares that an aptitude for math and science enabled him to attend Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, one of the three college preparatory New York City high schools. Later, he attended the City College of New York tuition-free as a city resident. After an education hiatus, taken to better understand why he was attending school at all, he shares, “I was in a New York hospital for minor surgery and that’s where I met the student nurse who became the other half of me. Ruth and I were married in 1956.”
After a year of marriage Ruth, now an RN, inspired Kanowsky to finish college. He earned an engineering degree in 1960 but most of his adult career was spent in the field of computer programming, systems design, and corporate management.
Kanowsky and Ruth lived in a suburb of New York for over forty years. The couple retired in the 1990’s and scoured the entire nation for over two years looking for a place to live out their golden years. It was then that they found Cottonwood Ranch in Arizona.
What of Kanowsky’s love of movies? Kanowsky comments, “Movies have always been important to me as entertainment and as a means of broadening my awareness of the world around me. I was a prodigious reader of books, and in the 1960s through the 1990s, Ruth and I made frequent trips to Manhattan for the theater and the opera. We both loved those experiences but movies always made the biggest impact on my consciousness.”
When did Kanowsky begin to write movie reviews? Kanowsky says he was initiated into the industry in 1999, after he and his wife were living in Cottonwood for about six months. “First, I love movies and I see a lot of them. Second, I am able to write about movies giving my opinion of a film. Third, my new next-door neighbor and friend was the publisher of the Verde Independent!”
Kanowsky’s favorite movies? In no particular order they are, he says, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Midnight in Paris and Radio Days from Woody Allen, Casablanca, City Lights by Charlie Chaplin, On the Waterfront, The Godfather, The Sting, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Sleep, Desk Set, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Thief of Bagdad.
The Reel in the Real is a one day OLLI summer camp workshop offered Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Cottonwood Library public meeting room. Kanowsky promises a discussion of how movies - fictional, fact-based, or fantastic – touch ones sensibilities.
Woody Allen’s 1985 masterwork, The Purple Rose of Cairo, will be used by Kanowsky to drive the conversation as the class facilitator. Space is still available for this event and other summer camp activities. For more OLLI information, call 928-649-4275 or visit www.yc.edu/lifelonglearners.