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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.

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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
More info: www.nevadacountyarts.org or www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org


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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 thenevadacityfilmfestival@gmail.com 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.

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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
More info: www.nevadacountyarts.org or www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org


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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.

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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.

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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
More info: www.nevadacountyarts.org or www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org

 


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Jiro

Jiro Dreams of Sushi plus Q&A with Ru Suzuki of Sushi In The Raw

Monday, March 25, 2013

Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City
Doors 630pm, Film 7pm, Q&A 8:30pm
Tickets $8 Members, $10 Non-Members

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn’t just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It’s a meditation on work, on finding one’s path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose.” - Philadelphia Inquirer

“By the time this graceful film is over you understand why Japan has declared the bald, bespectacled Jiro a national treasure. Even if you’ve never tasted sushi, the man’s singleness of purpose will inspire you.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society presents “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, Monday, March 25 at The Magic Theatre, with a special Q&A with master sushi chef Kaoru “RU” Suzuki, owner of Sushi in the Raw.  The one-night only event is part of their monthly Food & Film Series that pairs a “food film” with an informative, interesting, and intimate Q&A with a celebrated chef.

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.  At the heart of this story is Jiro’s relationship with his eldest son Yoshikazu, the worthy heir to Jiro’s legacy, who is unable to live up to his full potential in his father’s shadow.

Initially, Director David Gelb had planned to make what he had nicknamed “Planet Sushi”, inspired by the cinematography of the BBC documentary Planet Earth.

“Originally, I was going to make a film with a lot of different sushi chefs who all had different styles, but when I got to Jiro’s restaurant, I was not only amazed by how good the sushi was and how much greater it was than any other sushi restaurant I had ever been to, but I also found Jiro to be such a compelling character and such an interesting person. I was also fascinated by the story of his son, who is fifty-years-old, but still works for his father at the restaurant. So, I thought, “Here’s a story about a person living in his father’s shadow while his father is in a relentless pursuit of perfection.” It was the makings of a good feature film.”

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” also features music from Phillip Glass, one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century.

Following the film, attendees will be treated to an intimate Q&A with master sushi chef Kaoru “RU” Suzuki, owner of Sushi in the Raw, on Spring Street in Nevada City.  Learn about the culture and history behind today’s popular Japanese cooking, the different kinds of fish used, what it takes to become a sushi chef, tips on how to make sushi at home, and maybe even what is in some of Sushi in the Raw’s secret sauces.

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What: Food & Film Series presents “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” plus Q&A with
Kaoru “RU” Suzuki owner of Sushi in the Raw
When: Monday, March 25, 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, Mon-Sat 3:30-4pm and 6:30-7pm and Sun 12:30-1pm, 3:30-4pm and 6:30-7pm or call (530) 362-8601 to reserve your seat.
Information: www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi – Trailer from curious on Vimeo.


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Saturday, December 15, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival present “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, the ultimate family holiday film, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Randy Quaid.  Considered a modern classic, “Christmas Vacation”, with its laugh out loud moments and awkward family scenes, captures an undeniable and genuine Christmas spirit. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular movies with a unique and fun dining experience.

The film will be screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and concert sound is brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure and has been beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Chevy Chase returns as the head of the Griswold family in the fourth installment of the National Lampoons series.  He mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags (including the electrocution of a cat as the Christmas tree is lit) the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room.

Christmas Vacation also stars Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and was written by John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah Chechik.

Get into the Yuletide spirit by wearing your ugliest holiday sweater or sweater dress and strike a pose with friends in our Holiday Photo Booth (yes, there will be prizes for best ugly sweater!), enjoy a full bar including eggnog and other traditional holiday drinks, and a delicious dinner.

California Organics puts an organic twist on the typical holiday feast with two sumptuous entrees including a Meatloaf Dinner with brown sugar glaze, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies and one of their signature dishes a Sunshine Loaf Dinner with a sunflower seed loaf topped with cashew gravy, garlic-rosemary potatoes and roasted veggies. This option is vegan and gluten free.  And for dessert, pumpkin and apple pie that are 100% organic and made from scratch.  Located in the 7-Hils business district, California Organics is both a market and restaurant that features 100% certified organic meats, wild and sustainable caught seafood, produce and dairy products.  Dinner $12, Pie $5.

Yes, you could stay home and watch countless reruns of the edited version of “Christmas Vacation” on television, but what fun would that be?

WHAT: Food & Film Series presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Ticket includes film and one drink ticket, $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members.  Dinner for purchase and no-host bar.
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, www.nevadacityboxoffice.org or at Briar Patch Co-Op.


With only two screenings left, the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Nevada City Film Festival will wrap up the 2012 season of their monthly Food & Film Series with the 1934 classic comedy-mystery, The Thin Man, Friday, November 16 and the holiday slapstick comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Saturday, December 15.

The series that kicked off last April, pairs a popular film with a unique dining experience, and has shown 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 are screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and concert sound is brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure. A full-bar, along with either tasty treats or a sumptuous dinner depending on the film is available for purchase.

Friday, November 16, the Food & Film Series screens The Thin Man directed by W.S. Van Dyke, and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Nick is a hard-drinking, retired private detective, and Nora a wealthy heiress. Filmed on what MGM considered a B-picture budget and schedule (14 days, which at Universal or Columbia would have been considered extravagant), The Thin Man proved to be a “sleeper,” spawning a popular film, radio, and television series. Nick Charles (Powell), a retired detective, and his wife Nora (Loy) are attempting to settle down when he’s pulled back into service by a friend’s disappearance and possible involvement in a murder. The murderer is finally revealed in a classic dinner-party scene that features all of the suspects. The film’s strong suit is the witty repartee between Nick and Nora, who manage to behave like saucily illicit lovers throughout the film even though they’re married. A fun fact about the film, some of the interior scenes were shot inside the Bidwell Mansion in neighboring Chico, California.

Renowned Chef Willem DeGroot of The Truffle Shop in Nevada City will complement the cocktail party theme with an array of decadent truffles and tortes. All truffles are created with an imported Belgian chocolate and not only taste amazing they are small works of art. Truffle Tortes contain two layers of a rich truffle filling (ganache) layered with dark chocolate cake, covered in a smooth chocolate glaze, and topped with the appropriate decoration. Truffle Tortes are available in Cafe Mocha, Raspberry and Hazelnut. Chef Willem DeGroot’s products have been sent to the White House, the Vatican, and other discriminating customers around the world.  The Truffle Shop will also be serving their famous Nevada City Ice Cap.

Save the Date! Saturday, December 15, Chevy Chase, is back as the head of the Griswold family to skewer the Yuletide season in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Chevy mugs, trips, falls, mashes his fingers and stubs his toes as he prepares to invite numerous dysfunctional relatives to his household to celebrate Christmas. Amidst the more outrageous sight gags (including the electrocution of a cat as the Christmas tree is lit) the film betrays a sentimental streak, with old wounds healing and long-estranged relatives reuniting in the Griswold living room. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation also stars Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Johnny Galecki, Juliette Lewis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and written by John Hughes and directed by Jeremiah Chechik. The film is considered a modern holiday classic, inspiring ugly holiday sweater parties across the globe.

California Organics puts an organic twist on the typical holiday feast. They feature 100% certified organic meats, wild and sustainable caught seafood, produce and dairy products.

KNOW & GO
WHAT: Food & Film Series presents “The Thin Man”
WHEN: Friday, November 16, Doors 7pm, Film 7:30pm
WHERE: Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: Ticket includes film and one drink ticket, $12.00 Members / $15.00 Non-members
Tickets are available online, by phone, or in person at the Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462, www.nevadacityboxoffice.org or at Briar Patch Co-Op.
INFO: www.minersfoundry.org


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The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents “Labyrinth” (rated PG) the Jim Henson cult classic starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Friday, October 19 at the Miners Foundry. The special screening is part of the Food & Film Series, pairing popular films with a fun and unique dining experience. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the film beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $12.00 for Miners Foundry or Magic Lantern Film Society members, and $15.00 for non members, $5 for kids under 12.  Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult.  The ticket price includes one drink ticket.  Get your tickets here.

Hailed as a masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has delighted and amazed audiences of all-ages for over twenty-five years. George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) produced and Jim Henson (The Muppets), directed this gothic fantasy, which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film’s music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins.  Henson creates a fantasy and largely without computer-generated effects instead relying on detailed puppetry, excellent visuals and a phenomenal set design.  This was Henson’s final feature film before his death in 1990.

“Labyrinth” will screen in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and sound will be brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure.

Get into the fantastical Halloween spirit by dressing up as Bowie’s Jareth (oh that jacket and hair!) or Connelly’s Sarah (remember her rainbow eyeshadow) from the ballroom scene.  Enjoy an array of chocolates, candy, popcorn, cotton candy, and other treats and “Labyrinth” themed cocktails from the full bar before, during and after the film.

Tickets available at Nevada City Box Office, (530) 265-5462 or at BriarPatch Co-op,

(530) 272-5333 or online at www.minersfoundry.org


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