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fight-club_1999-3-1920x1200_scrollerSaturday, August 24th, Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present the “Pages to Reel” series with a special screening of David Fincher’s “Fight Club” at The Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.  Since the series kicked off in April, the two organizations have screened “On the Road” directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name, and the Academy Award-winning film “A River Runs Through It,” based on the autobiographical short story collection by Norman Maclean.

“Nevada County Arts is pleased to present our third film in the series, Pages to Reel. A gritty book/film that is sure to encourage a lot of discussion afterwards,” says JoAnn Marie, Board Member of Nevada County Arts.

“Fight Club”, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, was one of the most talked about films of the 1990s for its controversial takes on violence, manhood and consumer culture. Directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Netflix original series “House of Cards”) and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt as two frustrated 30-somethings who form an underground group where young men channel primal aggression into brutal, bare-knuckled brawls that leave them feeling exhilarated and alive. The concept catches on, with secret fight clubs forming in other cities until things spiral out of control.

“Fight Club” was Chuck Palahniuk’s first-published book.  The novel won the 1997 Oregon Book Award, and was well-received by critics. Critics of the film were divided as to whether the violence was metaphorical or exploitative. In the years since its DVD release, it has become a cult favorite, and critical reception has become more universally positive. In 2008, Empire Magazine named it the 10th best movie of all time.

Following the film, author Nik Colyer will lead an open discussion on the film and book.

“Using “Fight Club” as our platform, I will talk about the misled initiation process expressed in the movie and about men’s hunger for initiation,” explains Coyler.  ”Since violence is a prevalent part of the movie, I’ll talk about male hierarchy and how violence (perceived or real) plays a key roll in a young man’s development.  I would also like to speak about the process of mentoring younger men.”

Fight Club is rated R and not suitable for children.  Please note this event has moved from it’s original event date of Saturday, August 17th to Saturday, August 24th.

Copies of Palahniuk’s “Fight Club” can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

What:  Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present Pages to Reel: Fight Club
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Where: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, 95959
Doors 11:30am, Film Noon, Discussion 2pm
Tickets: $8/GA, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Seating limited to 60
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Filmmakers PanelSince 2001, the Nevada City Film Festival has grown from a local filmmakers event to an international film festival, bringing top independent cinema to the foothills of Northern California. The 13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, September 5-8, 2013, will screen over 100 independent films from around the world at the Miners Foundry and Magic Theatre in Nevada City. In addition to this exciting lineup of comedies, dramas, and documentaries, the 2nd annual Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project, a program that celebrates the festival’s roots while showcasing local filmmakers and musicians.

The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project brings together local musicians and filmmakers of all experience levels to create original music videos which will be considered for screening during the Nevada City Film Festival. There is no prior experience necessary. Filmmakers can use any equipment they can get their hands on: an old camcorder, an iPhone, a flip camera – even a laptop webcam will work.

DSC_9201At last year’s festival, seven shorts for local musicians (including Mt. Whateverest, Mariee Sioux, The Moore Brothers, Aaron Ross, Brett Shady, and more) were screened during the sold-out Local Filmmakers Program at the Nevada Theatre, and one was also featured on opening night of the festival. They ranged from narrative, concept and performance-based videos, and also explored and experimented with techniques such as stop-motion animation.

Mentors with professional filmmaking experience are available to answer any technical questions along the way and to guide filmmakers throughout the process. Contact NCFF for a handful of local bands that have already given permission to use their music.

Music videos must be for local Nevada County bands and musicians.

Contact NCFF at to sign up.

(Finished videos must be submitted no later than August 19th.)

The River, Music by Huff This! Film by Andrea Busco

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river_runs_through_it__a_v2Nevada City, CA – Saturday, June 15th, Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present their second installment of the “Pages to Reel” series with a special screening of the Academy Award-winning film “A River Runs Through It” at The Magic Theatre in
Nevada City.

Pages to Reel is a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.  In April the two organizations kicked off the series with a sold-out screening of “On the Road” directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name.

“A River Runs Through It” is an exceptional story of family dynamics, coupled with a visually stunning movie, and makes for the perfect combination for the Pages to Reel book club and the reason this was the selection for June,” explains JoAnn Marie, of the Board of Directors for Nevada County Arts.

“A River Runs Through It and Other Stories” is a semi-autobiographical collection of three stories by author Norman Maclean (1902–1990) published in May 1976.  It is set in and around the city of Missoula in western Montana, and follows a Presbyterian family during early 20th century Montana whose opinions of life are filtered through their passion for fly fishing.  In a review for the Chicago Tribune, critic Alfred Kazin stated: “There are passages here of physical rapture in the presence of unsullied primitive America that are as beautiful as anything in Thoreau and Hemingway”.

11558382_5In 1992, Robert Redford directed and produced the film based on the novella, which starred Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd.  The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1993 and was nominated for two other Oscars, for Best Music, Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion.  In particular there will be an emphasis on the role and importance of cinematography in creating the visual style of a film. Cinematography is the photographic heart of a screenplay, and uses a variety of source material and realizes the desired look using lighting, framing, and camera movement.

Copies of the book A River Runs Through It can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

What:  Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present Pages to Reel: A River Runs Through It
When: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Where: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, 95959
Doors 11:30am, Film Noon, Discussion 2pm
Tickets: $8/GA, $7/NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Seating limited to 60
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“Girl Rising”

Tuesday, April 23rd
The Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA 95959
Doors 530pm, Film 6-7:45pm, Guest Panel Discussion 7:45
Tickets General Admission $10/ADV, $15/Door, 21 and Under $5
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On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the Nevada City Film Festival and The Friendship Club will bring a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Nevada County with a screening of the anticipated film Girl Rising at the Nevada Theatre.  Following the film there will be a panel discussion with students, educators, and members of the media.  This one-night only event is a must-see for families, educators, students, civic leaders, community organizers and more.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins and narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington, the movie is the centerpiece of 10×10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

Girl Rising spotlights the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world that have faced arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.

In the film, we meet unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams; and little Wadley, just seven when the earthquake in Haiti razes her home and school.  Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala, Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in their own style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous.

“Educating girls is multifaceted and I believe the work The Friendship Club has done over the last 18 years to educate girls about the opportunities that are available to them is just as critical to their development as educating girls around the world,” said Jennifer Singer, Executive Director of The Friendship Club.  “In our Country our children may seem to have a world of opportunities available to them but they face different barriers that keep them achieving their true potential. Any awareness we can bring to the challenges girls face in our community, our country and our world is a step toward improving the lives of all girls and in turn, all children.”

Girl Rising is about the world-changing power of educating girls,” said Holly Gordon, Executive Director of 10×10. “I am incredibly moved by the hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations who have stepped up to bring this important film to movie theaters and communities around the country. Girl Rising is the centerpiece of our global campaign, and these organizers are the foundation. Together, they are driving transformative change one community at a time.”

Girl Rising premiered on the eve of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2013.  The film is being shown in hundreds of theaters around the country – including here in Nevada City – as a result of passionate organizers stepping up to captain screenings on demand in their local cinemas.

Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

A portion of Girl Rising ticket sales go to support girls’ programs around the world through the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. The Fund goes to 10×10’s high-impact network of non-profit partners and leaders in girls’ education: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Girl Up/United Nations Foundation, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, UNICEF, and World Vision.

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The Magic Lantern Film Society and The Magic Theatre celebrate Earth Day with the critically acclaimed documentary “Ghost Bird” about an extinct giant woodpecker, a small town In Arkansas hoping to reverse it misfortunes, and the tireless odyssey of the bird-watchers and scientists searching for the Holy Grail of birds, the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker.


Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, “Ghost Bird” is an eco-noir exploring the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever.

The New York Times calls “Ghost Bird” “a witty, wistful documentary (that turns) a bird-watching tale into a multi-layered story that will fascinate practically everybody.”  NPR says, “Beautifully
crafted…heartbreaking, ironic and infuriating. It’s a stunner.”  And The Wall Street Journal raved, “By turns witty and metaphysical, Ghost Bird evokes the offbeat Americana of Errol Morris’s “Vernon, Florida,” while examining the nature of belief and the blurry margins of fact.”

In 2005 scientists announced that the Ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct for 60 years, was spotted in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas. Suddenly the swamps were flooded with ornithologists, birders and millions of government dollars, and the struggling nearby town of Brinkley discovered a promotional edge.

However, credible evidence of the woodpecker’s actual existence has been elusive, and the film balances the testimony (pro and con) of prominent scientists and bird experts with an examination of the seductive power of hope and investigation into the politics of our uneasy relationship with nature.

Soundtrack from Grammy award-winning blues-rock band, The Black Keys.

What: Ghost Bird
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, Doors 12:30, Film 1pm
Where: The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tickets: $5/door, All-Ages
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Nevada County Arts and the Magic Lantern Film Society present “Pages to Reel” a unique experience that combines the appeal of a book club with the opportunity to be a film critic.

Many of the greatest films of all time were adapted from great works of literature, for example, Casablanca, A Room With a View, The Great Gatsby, No Country for Old Men, Brokeback Mountain, and The English Patient, to name just a few.

Every other month a novel will be selected, and the film based upon the novel will be shown followed by a lively discussion.

“Nevada County Arts is pleased to collaborate with the Magic Lantern Film Society to fulfill our mission of promoting literature and film and enhancing the experience of each,” said JoAnn Marie, of the Board of Directors for Nevada County Arts.

On Friday, April 5th, Pages to Reel kicks off with “On the Road” starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart (Twilight series), and Amy Adams, directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, at the Magic Theatre, an intimate 60-seat Art House Theatre in the 7-Hills Business District in Nevada City.

The film is an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal 1957 novel of the same name.  The story is based on the years Kerouac spent traveling the United States in the late 1940s with his friend Neal Cassady and several other figures who would go on to fame in their own right, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.  ”On the Road” is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation and portrays the story of a fierce personal quest for meaning and belonging. On the Road was released at an interesting point in American history when conformity was praised and outsiders were suspect.


After the film, attendees are encouraged to stay and take part in discussion on the many themes Kerouac touched on in the novel including religion and spirituality, masculinity and patriarchy, travel and self-discovery, among others, lead by renowned local poet Chris Olander.  He will speak about the social and political backdrop of the novel and the novel’s influence on American culture.

“Pages to Reel is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn something new about film, literature, and screenwriting; meet like-minded people; and of course, have fun,” said Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival who also oversees the festival’s Magic Lantern Film Society.

Copies of the book On the Road can be purchased at Harmony Books and The Book Seller.

About Nevada County Arts
Nevada County Arts facilitates collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.

About Magic Lantern Film Society
For 13 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. In 2008, NCFF formed the Magic Lantern Corporation, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, to better serve Nevada County and nearby regions by providing art, entertainment, education, and culture through the medium of film and video. In 2011, the Magic Lantern Film Society was established to encourage membership, local partnerships, and a year-long program of film.

What:  Nevada County Arts and The Magic Lantern Film Society present Pages to Reel: On the Road
When: Friday, April 5, 2013
Where: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, 95959
Doors 630pm, Film 7pm, Discussion 9pm
Tickets: $9/GA, $7/Student and Senior, Discount to NCArts and Magic Lantern Film Society Members
Seating limited to 60
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Submit Your Film Today!

Now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, September 5-8, 2013.  Early bird deadline April 1.  Final deadline May 31.

427301_10151068974239130_1254478794_nDiscover why we’ve been called the “Sundance of the Sierras”. Our four-day film festival features the best in independent film, music and comedy, and attracts locals, international filmmakers, and industry guests to the beautiful Gold Rush era town of Nevada City, CA.

NCFF emphasizes fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film, alongside repertory work that made us fall in love with the movies in the first place.

We’ve hosted filmmakers such as Mike Mills, Miranda July, Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia), Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Adult Swim) and comedians including Nick Kroll (FX, Comedy Central), Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately, Last Comic Standing), and Mark Proksch (The Office). Our esteemed judges have included award-winning producers and directors, plus writers from The Huffington Post, New York Times, McSweeneys, San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Arthur Magazine.

We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 Nevada City Film Festival. Professional, student, and amateur filmmakers are invited to submit their short films (40 minutes and less) to the annual event. Last year, NCFF featured over 90 shorts and 10 feature lengths from all over the world.

All short films are eligible for the Festival Jury Award – $1,500 and the Audience Choice Award – $500.

Submission fee is waived for local filmmakers living in Nevada, Placer, Sierra, and Yuba Counties. Please contact festival directors at for more information.

For deadlines, more information and to submit your film click here.

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Chocolat starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench, Tuesday, February 12, 7pm @ The Magic Theatre.  The perfect pre-date night for Valentine’s Day!

2000-poster-chocolat-1Celebrated, revered, and constantly photographed, food is the new rock n’ roll and chefs are the new rock stars!  The Food & Film Series, a popular monthly event presented by the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society, returns for a second year, but with a twist.  This year the series pairs a popular foodie film followed by an intimate Q&A and tasting with a local or regional chef, mixologist, brew master, chocolatier, or forager.  The series kicks off on Tuesday, February 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with the sinfully delicious film “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, followed by a Q&A with Dorado Chocolates owner and chocolatier Ken Kossoudji, at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

The Food & Film Series launched last year, and screened such films as “The Big Night”, “Amelie”, and “Mamma Mia” alongside an Italian feast, French crepes and Greek cuisine, prepared by local restaurateurs and caterers. Films were screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and concert sound was brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure. This year, the series will be held at The Magic Theatre, a charming 62-seat art house movie theatre located in the 7-Hills Business District and at the Miners Foundry for the larger, more dinner theatre specific screenings.  The Magic Theatre boasts new Dolby surround sound, a new screen, new state of the art DCI projection, new red velvet plush seats and organic concessions.

“We are excited to bring the series to The Magic Theatre as it has been the home of the Nevada City Film Festival for thirteen years,” explained Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival.  ”Utilizing the two venues, The Magic Theatre and the Miners Foundry, we’ll be able to create a unique film going experience for our film society members and attendees. We also look forward to collaborating with local and regional celebrity chefs and uncovering up and coming folks who are doing new and exciting things with food and drink.”

The series first film of the year is “Chocolat”.  It is the endearing story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople.  The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. It won a Screen Actors Guild Award.  The film also stars Judi Dench, Leni Olin, and Alfred Molina.  Following the film Ken Kossoudji from Dorado Chocolates in Grass Valley will be on hand  to talk about the process of making chocolate, how one becomes a chocolatier, and share some of his delectable chocolate.  According to Lonely Planet, “Ken Kossoudji creates incredible handmade chocolates at this temple of indulgence. There’s amazing coffee drinks and, yes, hot chocolate.”  Dorado’s hot chocolate is so famous Oprah’s team picked it as a top 5 in the USA.  Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

What: Food & Film Series presents “Chocolat” plus Q&A with Ken Kossudji of Dorado Chocolates
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Where: The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Time: Film 7pm, Theatre/Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the film
Tickets: $8/Members, $10/Non-members, Tickets are limited to 60.
Advance Tickets at The Magic Theatre during business hours or call
(530) 362-8601

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Welcome Address by Russ Collins, Director, Art House Convergence

January 15, 2013 – for the Art House Convergence conference, Zermatt Resort, Midway, Utah

Welcome to the Art House Convergence. Welcome as we celebrate the Brave New American Art House. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to gather here in Utah with colleagues and friends and, with strangers who will soon be friends, to execute the mission of the Art House Convergence.

AHC 2013The mission of the Art House Convergence is to increase the quantity and quality of Art House cinemas in North America.  We hope you will help us pursue that mission by constantly improving your Art House, as well as helping colleagues make their Art Houses better place for audiences to experience cinema art and be highly effective community centers.

This conference would not be possible without the hard work by a dedicated group of volunteers. Thanks to Art House Convergence Conference Committee – if you participated in one or more of those Friday calls that happen throughout the year as we plan the Art House Convergence, stand and be recognized.

It is so great to see so many of you here! How many are here for the first-time?  Wonderful, welcome to Utah to the Art House Convergence.  How many of you are staying, for at least a day or two to go to Park City and check out the Sundance Film Festival?

I see a lot of friends; friend that have grown from the 25 brave souls who came to this first Art House Convergence to this year, with nearly 350 registered delegates at this, the sixth annual gathering of community-based, mission-driven cinema operators.

The strong theme of this year’s conference is The Brave New American Art House. So, what’s the Brave New American Art House?

The Brave New American Art House is a set of ideals that looks something like this:

·         It is located in Canada, Mexico or the USA.

·         It is focused on frequent and regular screenings of Art House movies – classic, foreign, documentary, independent and experimental cinema (and sometimes other cultural programs the community demands).

·         It actively seeks community support – it believes philanthropy and volunteers are important and viable sources of revenue and support.

·         It is a cultural institution – it teaches its community about the art, craft, grammar and historical importance of cinema.

·         As possible it is dedicated to quality celluloid AND digital exhibition methods – providing state-of-the-art image and sound across all eras and formats (including live music for silent-era films).

·         It believes excellent customer service is paramount – it trains it employees and manages its marketing, facilities, event presentations and staff to put the customer’s experience first.

·         It makes cinema come alive – with intelligently curated programs and ever expanding relationships with living filmmakers.

·         It is community-based – it is not part of a national chain.

·         It is mission-driven – it has a triple bottom line: A triple bottom line calculated in: 1) community benefit; 2) artistic quality; and 3) financial success.

·         Its business management is strategic – it plans effectively and does not expect Deus ex Machina* to magically provide for its financial success.

·         The Brave New American Art House annually sends staff and board members to the Art House Convergence to have fun learning and being inspired by dedicated and resourceful colleagues.

The “Brave New” of the Brave New American Art House is an intentional literary reference to both Aldous Huxley and Shakespeare – because, you know, Art House people are just a little smarter and better-read than your average movie exhibitor (some might say “snooty,” rather than smarter and better read, but I think “smarter and better read” works better with this audience). Huxley’s novel expressed the notion that the fast-paced world of the future would force dehumanizing changes, causing anxiety, the loss of intimacy and individuality. Plus, Huxley also predicted that movies in year 2540 would be called “feelies,” a cinema-style entertainment that creates the illusion of an entertainment reaching out and literally touching the audience. Which given the ironic nature of the novel supports the poetic notion that 3-D is the movie technology of the future – and it always will be!

Of course Huxley and the Convergence both stole the phase “brave new” from Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. The play’s most famous lines are said by the Prospero’s daughter Miranda, who looked on in wonder as drunken sailors stagger in a disorderly manner from their wrecked ship, and said:

“O wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in’t.”

And although Shakespeare’s words spoken by is character Miranda were ironic, I believe, stated without irony, that this “brave new” notion is correct, because today and for the next several days the Zermatt and Homestead resorts will be full of goodly people; goodly community-based, mission-driven Art House people. How beauteous it is; O brave new world, to have such people, such Art House people in’t!

The ethos of the Art House Convergence is a commitment to quality, openness and community. It is the antithesis of the “whatever the market will bear,” cutthroat and mass market dynamics of commercial exhibition. Please know I’m not saying one is better than the other – both of these commercial dynamics are viable, even needed, but the ethos of each are juxtaposed. The Art House Convergence ethos embraces the notion that philanthropic subsidy from a community will create a stable, culturally significant center for cinema to be experience, taught, supported and loved for cinemas intrinsic artistic and cultural worth and for civic enrichment of communities.

The community-based, mission-driven exhibitor is a powerful but subtle aspect of the movie business; too subtle to be deeply appreciated in a blockbuster obsessed media or in a greed driven entertainment industry.  And, let’s be honest the Art House movement will not create millionaires and it will not be the hot new thing that transform media culture.

At this point cinema is an old art form, like painting and writing, sculpture and dance, theater and music. Although artists always do new things with their forms of art, the art of cinema itself is now an old form. It can no longer be a shiny new thing and that’s OK; because cinema presented on a big screen in a darken room full of strangers is a great thing; a profound thing that can deeply move the human psyche and transform lives.

Although the financial scale of the Art House, compared to half-a-billion dollar superhero blockbuster, is rather small, it is significant and the long-term impact is critically important; because the Art House plays an essential role in preserving and promoting the best and the brightest of cinema for diverse audiences.  Your Art House is a sacred shrine and home to the most profound form of creative expression created in recent human time.

And just as important, Art Houses are exciting, sustainable and practical venues that effectively bolster the vitality of local neighborhoods and transform lives through the creative vision of the people who work there and the poignant cinema found in these remarkable little arts institutions.

Over the decades, the Art House community has had a hard time finding its voice, a hard time believing it is in fact a community and a hard time feeling like it is a citizen in the wider cinema world. But now, with the Art House Convergence we have found our collective voice, we are starting to believe in our potential and we are growing the number of communities throughout North America who are demanding community-based, mission-driven Art House cinemas in their towns.

Your Art House as a key community institution – feel it, own it. You provide a vital service and you are an important economic driver in your neighborhood. Being a community-based, mission-driven, not-for-profit Art House you can be much more than mere movie venue and employer, or recipient of charity and coordinator of volunteers. You are a flagship asset, an essential cog and an indispensable part of a healthy community.

Over the next few days, what will be most important for those of us gathered here in Utah is to feel the strength and joy of being among kindred souls, of benefiting from shared knowledge and experience and feeling anchored to this non-profit Art House movement.

Welcome to the 2013, Art House Convergence celebrating The Brave New American Art House. We hope all delegates, who this year come from around the world, will share with great enthusiasm all that is wonderful and brave and new about their Art House and their community. Thank you for coming to the Convergence. And as the Bard of Stratford on Avon almost said, “How beauteous it is; O brave new world, to have such people, such Art House people in’t!” Enjoy the 2013 Art House Convergence.

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The only thing better than receiving is giving. Give a gift membership to the Magic Lantern Film Society to friends, family, co-workers, teachers, or anyone you care about who enjoys going to the movies. We guarantee they will be tickled pink!

For over a decade, the Nevada City Film Festival has brought top independent cinema to the Sierra Nevada Foothills. When you become a member of our Magic Lantern Film Society you instantly become part of our history by joining the legacy of supporters who have worked to further independent film and filmmaking in Nevada County. Your support enables us to:
  • Support local filmmakers by underwriting their submission fees to the Festival and through the exhibition of their work at the Festival.
  • Host filmmakers from around the globe at the festival.
  • Present creative, diverse, independent films from around the world that would otherwise have little or no other outlet in our region.
  • Curate and present film programs and other related events, including our Young Filmmakers Grant and Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project.
  • Create a world-class international film festival in Nevada County that has a significant economic impact to our local economy
Benefits of becoming a member includes discounts at The Magic Theatre, The Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society events including our Food & Film Series.  The Magic Lantern Film Society is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit.  All donations are tax deductible.  If you love film, join our growing community of film-goers and filmmakers and help create a lasting legacy.  Become a Member Today!

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