(March 8, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Reel Business Week takes place at RFC March 11 — March 17

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary College) — The Frost School of Business of Centenary College of Louisiana will be sponsoring Reel Business Week at the Robinson Film Center, during the week of Friday, March 11 through Thursday, March 17.


The Reel Business Week series includes three recent films which examine the human and economic realities of the global financial crisis of the past few years.

"These films provide the perfect platform to drive discussion and debate in our classrooms and throughout Shreveport-Bossier regarding the economic crisis of 2008 and the role of Wall Street in modern society," said Dr. Chris Martin, Dean of the Frost School of Business. "The premise of Centenary's 'Reel Business Week' is to use critically-acclaimed films to examine business, governmental and societal issues that frame decision-making and impact not only our students' but all business people's lives. We look forward to the thoughtful discussion these films will provoke in our community."

The three films including show times are:

The Company Men (Drama, 104 Minutes, Rated R)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, and Kevin Costner, The Company Men is a drama of three corporate executives trying to survive a round of downsizing at a major company in the Boston area — and how that affects them, their families, and their communities.

Written and directed by John Wells (writer and producer of the television series E.R. and The West Wing), The Company Men, according to Rex Reed, New York Observer, is "a timely, intelligently written, beautifully acted film of great sensitivity and wisdom about corporate downsizing that will make you think about the meaning of the word 'progress.'"

3/11 - 12:45PM, 3:00PM, 5:15PM, 7:30PM, 9:45PM
3/12 - 5:00PM, 7:15PM, 9:30PM
3/13 - 5:00PM, 7:15PM
3/14 - 5:15PM
3/15 - 5:30PM
3/16 - 5:15PM, 7:30PM
3/17 - 5:15PM, 7:30PM Final Screening.

Inside Job (Documentary, 120 Minutes, Rated PG-13)
Academy-Award Winner for "Best Documentary" of 2010, Inside Job investigates the recent world-wide financial crash that began in October, 2008. The film interviews several of the key players in high finance and government who were involved in causing — and trying to remedy — this crisis.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says, "After watching this powerhouse documentary about the global economic crisis, you will more than understand what went down — you will be thunderstruck and boiling with rage."

3/11 - 1:00PM, 5:45PM
3/12 - 3:15PM, 8:00PM
3/13 - 12:45PM, 5:30PM
3/14 - 5:30PM
3/15 - 7:30PM
3/16 - 5:30PM
3/17 - 5:30PM Final Screening.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (Documentary, 117 Minutes, Rated R)
Directed by Academy-Award winner Alex Gibney, Client 9 charts the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer was nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street" while Attorney General and prosecuted crimes by some of America's largest and most powerful financial institutions. After his election as Governor, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's next President — until he was caught soliciting prostitutes, and perhaps exposed by some of the very people he prosecuted.

With unique access to the world of $1,000-an-hour call girls as well as friends, colleagues and enemies of the ex-Governor, Client 9 reveals the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex and power. Stan Hall of the Portland Oregonian writes about Client 9: "Popping with intrigue, intelligence and colorful New York characters seemingly straight out of a paperback potboiler."

3/11 - 3:15PM, 8:00PM
3/12 - 12:45PM, 5:30PM
3/13 - 3:00PM, 7:45PM
3/14 - 7:45PM
3/15 - 5:00PM
3/16 - 7:45PM
3/17 - 7:45PM Final Screening.

The Robinson Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. For more information and admission prices, visit www.robinsonfilmcenter.org. For more information on "Reel Business Week," contact Dr. Chris Martin at 318.869.5149 or cmartin@centenary.edu.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 371 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.