Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin


Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 5, 2018 6:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 8, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:67 min.
Director:Arwen Curry
Producer:Arwen Curry
Cinematographer:Andrew Black
John Kiffmeyer
Lincoln Else
Editor:Juli Vizza
Andrew Gersh
Cast:Ursula K. Le Guin
Margaret Atwood
Neil Gaiman
Michael Chabon
David Mitchell
Annalee Newitz
Print Source:Arwen Curry
Note Writer:Leah LoSchiavo


Well before certain wondrous wizarding worlds were established in popular fiction, Berkeley-born Ursula K. Le Guin (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Dispossessed) was building fantastical future worlds and adeptly sorting out issues like religion, sexuality, gender, politics, and the natural world. Le Guin’s writing not only paved the way for future Harrys and Hermiones, she also influenced multitudes of writers and readers with the scope and depth of her world-building and her comprehensive elevation of science fiction and fantasy to new levels of artistry, accessibility, and excellence. In Bay Area native Arwen Curry’s fascinating documentary, Le Guin’s worlds live beyond the 22 novels she wrote, explored in the words of the celebrated author herself, bolstered by endearing tributes from fellow fantasy authors and devotees Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, and more. Pioneer, feminist, mother, wife, literary giant, Ursula K. Le Guin’s own story is one of triumph and a world unto itself.

Expected Guests: Director Arwen Curry (all screenings); Producers Jason Andrew Cohn, Camille Servan-Schreiber; Associate Producer Ariana Reguzzoni; Editors Andrew Gersh, Juli Vizza (Oct. 5) ;  Cinematographer Andrew Black (Oct. 8)

Sponsored By:

In association with Book Passage and California Humanities

Additional Information

Filmmaker Arwen Curry worked with the author for 10 years to create Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin. As an associate producer, her projects include EAMES: The Architect and the Painter (2011), American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco (2013), Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), and five 30-minute, KQED-TV science and technology documentaries made between 2012 and 2014. She also directed a short documentary, Stuffed (2008). Arwen is a former chief editor of the seminal punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll and has written for print, radio, and film. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.