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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.

KNOW & GO
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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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.

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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.

KNOW & GO
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
Info: www.themagictheatre.com 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.

KNOW & GO
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.

KNOW & GO
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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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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NCFF Monthly Picks at The Magic Theatre – The Big Easy Express
September 21 – September 27, 2012, Showtime 9:15pm, Doors Open 15min before Showtime
Tickets available at the door, $8/GA, $6.50 Student and Senior
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the BIG EASY EXPRESS documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy (THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS) this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making.

Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana on a “tour of dreams”. The resulting film from this journey is nothing short of magical.

Part road movie and part concert film, BIG EASY EXPRESS bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. With poignancy and beauty, Malloy documents these incredible musicians as they ride the rails and wow the crowds, from Oakland… to New Orleans.

So climb on board for a vibrant, raucous railway adventure. Filled with joyous crowds, late night laughter, endless music…and a train that was bound for glory.

Big Easy Express Official Trailer from S2BN Films on Vimeo.


Category: Events, NCFF Picks, News

Shut Up And Play The Hits – One Week ONLY!

Friday, September 7th – Thursday, September 13th, 9:15pm
**Beer & Wine available for purchase on Friday, September 7th ONLY

“Shut Up and Play the Hits manages to effectively display the power of that final concert while putting the band’s leader into thoughtful cultural perspective.”- NPR

Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their film series “NCFF Picks” at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City. These films delve deep into the human condition with inspiring, though-provoking storytelling that captures audiences hearts and minds.

Shut Up and Play the Hits is a 2012 documentary film directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace that follows LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy over a 48-hour period, from the day of the band’s final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show. The film also features intermittent segments from an extended interview between Murphy and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2012, and was released in the USA for one night only on July 18, 2012. UK showings began on September 4, 2012.

James Murphy performs a duet with the comedian and musician Reggie Watts for one song during the show.

Several members of the band Arcade Fire provide backing vocals during LCD’s performance of North American Scum. The film’s title is a reference to the moment Win Butler of Arcade Fire shouts ‘Shut Up and play the Hits’ as James introduces the song.

The film also features brief appearances from the Juan MacLean and David and Stephen Dewaele, from the band Soulwax (thereby mirroring James Murphy and Nancy Whang’s appearances in the Soulwax film Part of the Weekend Never Dies). There are also fleeting glimpses of both Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Aziz can be seen crowd surfing during ‘Yeah’.

The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Showtime 9:15pm, Box Office Opens 15 minutes before screening
Tickets $8 GA, $6.50 Student/Senior


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