Independent Cinema and Upcoming Events

I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you a favor as well as let you know about some upcoming events.  Hopefully these infrequent bulletins, outside of the normal weekly newsletter, don’t rub you the wrong way.  (And this week’s newsletter is still to come, either later today or tomorrow)

First off, I’d like to let all of you know that our local non-profit theaters need your support:

  1. The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square is probably our greatest repertory resources in the area.  Aside from their repertory runs, they are also a popular location to premiere first-run indie films.  Add to that a fantastic balcony, beer and wine served at the concession, and an awesome location, and it really is one of my favorite places in the city to catch a film.  Membership details and benefits are available here
  2. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is another beautiful non-profit theatre, with several screens featuring first-run independent films as well as classics.  It is a favorite destination of the club, and have a membership level that may be of special interest to film club members:  If you join at the Cinematographer level you get FREE admission to regular films on Sundays after 6pm!  Membership details and benefits are available here.
Along with the usual in-theatre benefits you get to joining either of these features, you will also get discounts at area stores and restaurants as well as special member offers from time-to-time.  But more important than any hard benefits, you will be supporting two truly independent area venues.

I also wanted to mention that the 2010 Independent Film of Boston (IFFBoston) is approaching!  It will run from April 21st to the 28th, so save the dates!

Finally, I have heard about a few upcoming screenings you may be interested in:
  1. The Coolidge continues it’s long-running “Science on Screen” series on March 15th with Christopher Guest’s classic, “Best in Show”.  Before the film, Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, one of the world’s most noted veterinary behaviorists, explores the sometimes curious bond between people and their dogs.  More information is available here.
  2. IFFBoston has two of their “year-round” screenings coming up:
    1. THE ART OF THE STEAL  – A chronicle of the long and dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art valued at more than $25 billion, told in as gripping a style as any crime thriller. – Wednesday, March 3 – 7pm at the Kendall Square Cinema. (Director Don Argott in person). Learn more and download a pass for two.
    2. TERRIBLY HAPPY – Official Danish selection for the Academy Awards. A Copenhagen police officer is transferred to a small provincial town and subsequently gets mixed up with a married femme fatale. Thursday, March 4 – 7pm at the Somerville. Learn more and download a pass for two.

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