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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
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.

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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Food & Film Presents

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

w/ Fable Coffee & French Pastries
Saturday, May 11th, 2013, 11am
Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City
Tickets: $7/Members, Seniors, Students, $9/GA ticket includes coffee and selection of pastries
Seating limited to 60, Call to RSVP your seat (530) 362-8601

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special Food & Film screening of the 1961 classic romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” starring the effortlessly charming Audrey Hepburn and the handsome George Peppard. Directed by Blake Edwards, the man behind “The Pink Panther” series, “The Party”, “Operation Petticoat”, “Victor/Victoria”, etc., Edwards crafted a truly timeless film based on the novella by Truman Capote. Henry Mancini’s impeccable soundtrack for the film including the classic tune “Moon River” earned the film its two Academy awards for Best Score for Henry Mancini and Best Song for Johnny Mercer. The film also features Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney.

In an idealized New York City during the early ’60s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment. She has such a flippant lifestyle that she won’t even give her cat a name, because that would be too much of a commitment to a relationship. Maintaining a childlike innocence yet wearing the most perfect of designer clothes and accessories from Givenchy, she spends her time on expensive dates and at high-class parties. She escorts various wealthy men, yet fails to return their affections after they have given her gifts and money. Holly’s carefree independence is changed when she meets her neighbor, aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard), who is suffering from writer’s block while being kept by a wealthy woman (Patricia Neal). Just when Holly and Paul are developing their sweet romance, Doc (Buddy Ebsen) appears on the scene and complicates matters, revealing the truth about Holly’s past.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” remains not just one of the most memorable romantic films of all time but a film that exemplifies the beauty of Audrey Hepburn, the chic style of the times and more.  Truman Capote may have written, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” but it was Audrey Hepburn who brought the naïve, eccentric café society girl, Holly Golightly, come alive.  From her oversized cigarette holder, now considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema, and her equally oversized black sunglasses to the most famous little black dress of all time and cat, poor cat, poor slob without a name, Holly Golightly and Audrey Hepburn are forever part of our lives.

MBDBRAT EC032The 50th anniversary edition of the film also features the following extras:

It’s So Audrey: A Style Icon – An eight minute featurette with interviews with designers, Hepburn’s son and companion, and how she became a fashion and style icon.

Audrey’s Letter to Tiffany – A two minute featurette about the letter Audrey wrote for the preface of the 150th Anniversary book for Tiffany’s.

Original Theatrical Trailer – The original two minute trailer with its dust, scratches and all.

Each ticket includes coffee from Fable Coffee and a selection of delicious made from scratch pastries.

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The Young Filmmakers Music & Film Project is giving young filmmakers the chance to find out if they have what it takes.  We’re looking for young, creative, and artistic, individuals or groups, interested in creating a music video with the opportunity to have the video screened at this year’s film festival in August.

You need no prior experience,and anything from your parent’s 16MM to a Flip Video Camera or an iPhone will work.

Some of the most innovative, exciting, and creative filmmakers cut their teeth at the helm music videos – David Fincher went from directing Madonna’s Vogue to Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in “Fight Club“  and Spike Jonze who in his own very distinct style directed videos for Weezer, The Beastie Boys and Bjork went on to direct such stunning films as “Being John Malkovich”, “Adaptation”, and “Where the Wild Things Are”.  NCFF alumni Mike Mills got his start directing videos for Moby and Air before writing and directing his award-winning film “The Beginners” starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. 

If selected, young filmmakers and/or their production teams will be paired with a local band or musician to create a music video approximately 3-4 minutes long showcasing the group’s music and the filmmaker’s storytelling efforts.  Local musicians include:  Moore Brothers, Them Hills, Huff This!, Th’ Mol, Soft Bombs, Brett Shady, Golden Shoulders, Peter Newsom, Rich Good, Blue Tuesday, Aaron Ross, Lasher Keen, Mt. Whateverest, among others.

Young filmmakers will be provided with 2 one-hour group mentoring sessions led by seasoned filmmakers, producers, and editors, where they can strengthen their filmmaking skills and have their questions answered. Their finished product will then have a chance to be screened at the 12th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, August 16-19, 2012, with some of the industries most exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.  Music videos will be selected by the Nevada City Film Festival Youth Film Council, comprised of students interested in film and media arts from Nevada Union High School and Sierra College.

For those students in need of cameras, NCTV has graciously donated the use of their Flip Video cameras.

To apply, you must be a Nevada County resident and be 25 years old and younger.   Please email a personal statement (one page) to info@nevadacityfilmfestival.com telling us why you and/or your group deserves a spot in this project.  Please include your name(s), ages, phone numbers, emails, links to prior works (if you have any), as well as details on how much experience you and/or your team has with video production.

Deadline to enter is June 1st, 2012.  Music Videos are due August 1, 2012.  Selected videos will be screened August 16-19, 2012.

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Nevada City Film Festival and the Magic Lantern Film Society continue to present their monthly 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 the hearts of audiences.

May’s NCFF Pick of the Month is #ReGENERATION, produced and narrated by Academy Award Nominated actor Ryan Gosling, and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, among others.

The award-winning documentary film, #ReGENERATION, explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society. The film takes an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues.

Focused on how our education, parenting, and media can influence us, the film follows three separate walks of life representing today’s generation. Each brings their own unique perspective – from an inspired collective of musicians working outside the corporate system, to a twenty-something conservative family about to welcome the birth of their second child, and a group of five high-school students from the suburbs looking for their place in society. Their stories are interspersed with the knowledge, wisdom, and personal reflections of some of the country’s leading scholars, social activists, and media personalities, including Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Adbusters’ Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Talib Kweli, and many others.

Narrated by Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive) and featuring a riveting soundtrack from STS9, the film explores how today’s generation approaches activism, how it is impacted by technology, our disconnection with nature and history, our consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities. Through a diverse and intelligent series of stories, interviews and insights, we come to a deeper understanding of the influences shaping our society. We have entered uncharted territory, economically, environmentally, and intellectually–and we must look honestly at ourselves to create a sustainable future.

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26

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

More info at www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org and www.regeneration-themovie.com

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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 www.minersfoundry.org or the Nevada City Box Office 530-265-5462.

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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


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