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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For deadlines, more information and to submit your film click here.
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!
Celebrated, 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.
KNOW & GO
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
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.
Friday, September 21st – Don’t miss the raucous, outrageous party that combines the film Mamma Mia! with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and an ABBA dance party! Grab your friends, dress up and get ready to dance and sing your worries away!
“Mamma Mia!” is part of the “Food & Film Series” presented by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival, that pairs a popular film with a unique and exciting dining experience. “Mamma Mia! is set on the colorful Greek island of Kalokairi, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married (Amanda Seyfried) discovers one of three men (Pierce Bronsan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, (Meryl Streep) who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. The men quickly surmise the reason they were invited, each believing he is indeed Sophie’s father. As complications ensue from the misunderstandings, Sophie and Sky’s wedding and relationship may be jeopardized. Hollywood.com calls Mamma Mia! “An absolutely hilarious, rousing and joyous celebration that ought to have you dancing in the aisles.”
Following the film, Nevada City Marketplace will have delicious Mediterranean dishes such as Greek Salad, Dolmas, Falafels, Mezze platters, Baklava, and more available for sale. Attendees can also enjoy an array of Greek wines.
Friday, September 21
Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Doors 5:30pm, Film 6pm, Food, Full Bar and ABBA dance party 8pm
Food will be available for purchase along with a full bar
Tickets are $12.00 for Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry
Members and $15.00 for Non Members.
The ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket.
Tickets are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, in person or by phone at the Nevada City
Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.
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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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
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.
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.