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Oscar fever in the Ozarks and the power of movies

Winter’s Bone is the favorite choice in the Ozarks. The supporters of the movie industry here are hoping that more acclaim for this film will convince the Missouri governor and legislature to continue the tax-credit for movies shot in Missouri.

Movies are a huge part of our culture, perhaps replacing written literature in shaping how we relate to one another and in what we think. Recognizing their power, governments have used movies as propaganda vehicles.

Movies written, directed, filmed and acted with great skill get into our heads, more deeply than propaganda pieces, which are blunt instruments. I’ve written a short essay about how Oscar-winning movies have infiltrated my memories, where their scenes and themes interact with my emotions to produce unexpected results. Please take a look.


About Harry Styron

I'm a lawyer and mediator who lives in Branson, Missouri, whose professional interests involve real estate, nonprofits, and local government. As of 2022, I'm shrinking my legal practice so that I have more time to mediate real estate disputes. I'm happy to mediate using video platforms like Zoom and WebEx, or in person anywhere in Missouri.

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