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The End Is Near

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The trailer for the feature-length documentary 2012: The Odyssey begins with white letters on a black screen: "Did you know that the Mayan Calendar comes to an end in 2012?" The trailer concludes, predictably enough, with the shot of a terrorist-piloted jet crashing into the World Trade Center, and between these two ominous points, various experts sporting a variety of facial hair weigh in on the possibility that our world will soon come crashing to an unpleasant end. Advertising that "Armageddon is not what it used to be," 2012 may sound more like a screwball comedy set at the end of time than a semi-paranoid dispatch from Mel Gibson's millennialist America. But Sharron Rose's eschatological blend of science,

Christianity, Masonry, mysticism, and the occult is custom-built to scare the bejezus into you. "While many film and video productions appear to be tailored for the lowest common denominator, we have turned this idea on its head and created productions that strive for the highest common denominator," Rose has been quoted as saying of her film, which touches on everything from ancient doomsday scenarios to the possible increase of mental telepathy in humans.

2012: The Odyssey screens at the First Unity Church (9228 Walnut Grove, Cordova, 753-1463) on Saturday, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 21st, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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