Opening on Friday, September 1, audiences attuned to BRIGSBY BEAR's strange frequency will be moved by its earnest -- and endearingly original -- approach to pop culture's impact and the creative urge. BRIGSBY BEAR will inevitably be sold as an oh-so-random stoner cult movie, but what Mooney and McCary are getting at, with this nothing-if-not-original story of how mythologies shape us, is something uncomfortably real and of the moment. –Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine Scrappy and modest though [the] movie may be, it all coheres beautifully, and with a sweetness that never feels faked. –Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times The film does have jokes, but Mooney, channeling the spirit of Peter Sellers, delivers them all without even the slightest hint that he knows he's joking. –Andrew Lapin, NPR BRIGSBY BEAR is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, September 1 through Thursday, September 14. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated BRIGSBY BEAR PG-13 (for thematic elements, brief sexuality, drug material, and teen partying). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Childhood is when impressionable minds open widest to the mesmerizing power of entertainment. Nearly everyone can recall connecting with a show so completely it feels like a magical world created just for you. But what if it actually was? Super fan James is obsessed with the clever if quaintly goofy kids’ show Brigsby Bear to the point of religiosity. A bright, sensitive young adult still living at home, he has grown up with this fantasy series, and the program has grown with him as well — getting more complex over the years. But to say James’ intensely protective parents have kept their son a bit sheltered is an understatement. One dramatic night, James’ insular world is upended. Through the disorienting but sporadically hilarious transition to a new life that follows, Brigsby remains James’ security blanket and, upon learning the series has been cancelled, he adopts the old adage that the show must go on. Family members and authority figures fret over James’ fixation, but by becoming Brigsby Bear’s new creator instead of just a viewer in the dark, he finally accesses all the meaningful connections his life has lacked. By telling his story, James repairs it — producing in the process an inventively offbeat and profoundly uplifting love letter to the redemptive power of creativity.