The Searchers | Varsity Theatre | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week
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The Searchers 

When: Thu., May 18, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $5
www.varsityonfranklin.com

Nope, not the iconic John Ford western—but a gun is central in this documentary, fourteen years in the making, by award-winning Durham filmmaker and Center for Documentary Studies teacher Randolph Benson. It's the bolt-action Mannlicher-Carcano rifle that several of the film's subjects say Lee Harvey Oswald had neither the marksmanship skills nor the time to fire three times on 11/22/63. From Executive Action and The Parallax View through JFK, Ruby, and Jackie, the Kennedy assassination has been the object of so much filmic obsession that even its conspiracy theorists merit features—and maybe, in our false-flag-laden world, they deserve to be called pioneers. Most have been saddled with the dreaded "wacko" epithet for their zeal and unyielding insistence on speaking truth to power, even though serious questions do remain about still-unreleased government documents pertaining to the assassination. Prepare to meet forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht, Zapruder film wonk Josiah "Tink" Thompson, Warren Report foe Mark Lane, and others who have steadfastly maintained that JFK's death on that sun-struck day in Dallas resulted from a far-reaching Gordian knot of a plot in which Oswald was, as he put it one day before being gunned down, "a patsy." —David Klein

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