Monthly Archives: March 2012

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Nevada City Film Festival, Miners Foundry Cultural Center and The Old 5 Mile House will present “BIG NIGHT” an exciting and unique cinematic, dining, and cultural experience. “The movie and the feast” pairs the critically acclaimed, modern classic film “Big Night” with a traditional Italian feast just like the one in the film.

The evening’s featured film will be screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for your viewing pleasure.

In love and life, one big night can change everything! “Big Night” is the tale of two immigrant brothers from Abruzzo who own and operate a restaurant called “Paradise.” One brother, Primo (Tony Shalhoub), is a brilliant, perfectionist chef who chafes under their few customers’ expectations of “Americanized” Italian food. Their uncle’s offer for them to return to Rome to help with his restaurant is becoming more and more appealing to Primo. The other brother, Secondo (Stanley Tucci), is the restaurant’s manager, who is enamored of the possibilities presented by their new endeavor and life in America. Despite Secondo’s efforts and Primo’s magnificent food, their restaurant is failing. They host a final “Big Night” to save the restaurant. The film also stars Minnie Drivers, Isabella Rosellini, and Marc Anthony.

“Big Night” literally makes your mouth salivate and your stomach growl! It’s that good! And not just because of the amazing Italian food, but the superb acting and plot.

It was nominated for the “Grand Jury Prize” at the Sundance Film Festival and the “Grand Special Prize” at the Deauville Film Festival.

Following the film, dinner will be hosted in the beautiful Stone Hall. The Old 5 Mile House has created a mouth-watering menu of the traditional Italian dishes featured in the movie including

Maiale di Lattante Arrostito tutto (Whole Roasted Suckling Pig)

Timbale Reale (baked pasta)

Risotto Bandiera Italiana (Risotto in the Colors of the Italian Flag)

Brodo Vegetale con Pasta (vegetable soup)

Pollo Arrostito con Rosmarino (Whole Roasted Chickens with Rosemary)

Pesci Arrostiti Tutto Con le Erbe (Whole Roasted Fish with Herbs)

plus fresh vegetables including beets, carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, artichokes,
and radicchio, either grilled or roasted to perfection.

And of course, Tira Misu for desert.

Enjoy this tantalizing dinner, perfect for both vegetarians and carnivores, by romantic candle light and a warm fire.

We promise people will be talking about “Big Night” all year long.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Big Night – A Movie and a Feast
Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors 430pm, Film 5pm, Dinner 7pm
Tickets $45/Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry Members,
$50/GA, water, soft drinks, tea, and coffee included. No Host Bar.
Purchase a table for 8 guests for $400 and we’ll include 2 bottles of wine (red and white)
Reservations must be made by April 7, 2012 to reserve your dinner and seat.
Buy Tickets at or the Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462.

Category: Events, News

How to Start a Revolution

(dir. Ruaridh Arrow) 87 minutes. Trailer
Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31
The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 1pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $6.50 GA, $5.50 Magic Lantern Film Society Members

“Smart and timely” - Time Out

Half a world away from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp. White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world’s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime.

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION reveals the remarkable story of modern revolution, the power of people to change their world and the man behind it all. Quiet, unassuming, soft-spoken and barely known to the wider world, 83 year old Professor Gene Sharp has written the standard textbook for revolutionary leaders around the globe. Used by activists from Serbia to Egypt, from Ukraine to Syria, and now influencing Occupy Wall Street, one of Gene’s most important books ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ is nothing less than a handbook of 198 strategic ‘weapons’ that are used to topple dictators. Banned in many countries, his work has influenced a generation of revolutionary leaders who yearn for democratic freedom in Asia, throughout Eastern Europe, in the Middle East and now here in America.

This film explores how, in a few short years, a new wave of revolutionary spirit has swept across the world through a network of international activists, trainers and teachers. It reveals how the leaders of an uprising in one country train and inspire the participants in the next and explores how social media now threatens dictators around the globe in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago.

We meet revolutionary leaders from Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt and Syria as they explain how they struggled to seize democratic power from the hands of dictators. And, as the world’s headlines turn once again to Egypt in Autumn 2011 for the first Presidential elections, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is an inspiring exploration of the power of people to change their world.

*Winner – Best Documentary Raindance Film Festival
*Winner - Best Documentary Boston Film Festival
*Winner – Mass Impact Award Boston Film Festival
*Winner - Best Documentary Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
*Winner - Special Jury Prize Ottawa One World Film Festival
*Official Selection - New Orleans Middle East Film Festival
*Official Selection -United Nations Association Film Festival


Category: Events, NCFF Picks

For 12 years, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. Starting March 2012, NCFF and the Magic Lantern Film Society will present a monthly film series of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and animated films that represent the very best of independent filmmaking. These “NCFF Picks” delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling, that captures the hearts of audiences.

Category: NCFF Picks, News