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The Oscars Are Over…What’s Next?

If you subscribe to our Twitter feed, you received up-to-the-minute Oscar results on Sunday night. There were a few surprises, non?

We always show the Oscar-nominated shorts on Oscar weekend.  There are three categories: Animated, Live Action and Documentary. They are always provocative and a really refreshing change of pace from long-form movies. This year, the themes were very somber. So somber that, during our documentary screenings, some patrons actually left! It was one pretty sad movie after another, with a somewhat lighter note at the end.

Should we have held an Oscar party this year? Maybe. The preparations around the purchase and installation of our new digital projector, plus the development work on our new Membership options frankly left us a bit “depleted”. Since the Oscars are only once a year, we are considering some other options.  How about a Cannes Film Festival party, with everything French? C’est bon?

Let us know what you think. What would be your ideal “friend-raiser”?

The Buzz on Pride

Dateline, 1984.  This is the Margaret Thatcher era in Great Britain, and for striking miners and gay activists, times are pretty rough.  But the miners in this true story are Welsh, rural, and culturally conservative. The London gays are urban, hip, and stylin.’  The two cadres would seem to have very little in common beyond their shared enmity for the Iron Lady, the police, and the mainstream press.  Is this enough to bear the weight of a sudden coalition?

Based on real events, the historical comic drama Pride tells the story of a group of gay rights activists who decide to take up the cause of striking workers in a struggling mining town in south Wales’ coal-seamed Dulais Valley.  The miners – no champions of gay rights themselves – never asked for this, and they’re not at all sure they want it.  So it’s up to the urbanites from London to persuade the dour labor leaders they can do some good, and that the two groups actually share authentic common ground.  And yes, those are the distant strains of The Full Monty and Made in Dagenham you’re picking up – Pride will ring some bells.  What keeps it fresh is less the plot than the film’s irrepressibly “infectious high spirits” (NPR) and its stunningly well- rounded performances by some of England’s best-loved actors, like Paddy Considine (as an embattled union leader), and Bill Nighy (as the union secretary) and Imelda Staunton (as a smalltown mother hen).  Relative newcomer, Ben Schnetzer, as the charismatic, ebullient gay leader Mark Ashton (yes, he was in The Book Thief, but you probably won’t recognize him), keeps us watching closely, too.  Is it director Matthew Warchus’s long career on Broadway and London’s West End that evokes these full-bore turns?  “It never feels like a canned, greatest-hits collection of news clippings, but a fiery, live performance,” offers the San Francisco Chronicle.

And yes, it happened.  A group called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners once raised thousands of British pounds for rural communities whose working men had been on the picket line for months. This is one chapter in that much larger story, and “a funny, moving, audience-rousing experience” (The Boston Globe) it is.

And can you look forward to the obligatory bonding dance scene with some fabulous disco?

Oh, baby, you know it.

Save the Date–Annual Members Meeting, October 21st

Film Forum members! Please join us for the Saratoga Film Forum’s Annual Members Meeting on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, from 6:00–8:45 p.m. We appreciate your support, suggestions, and patronage all year long. October is an especially important month; that is when we elect new people to our Board. At this meeting, you will have a chance to meet the proposed board members and participate in the board elections.

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June 10 Fact2Film film festival cancelled

Please note that the Fact2Film film festival scheduled for June 10th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tonight’s screening of ‘Red Angel’ is CANCELLED

Tonight’s screening of the Japanese classic, ‘Red Angel’, will be postponed due to the storm. 

Please check our website for a new date for a special Town & Gown screening of Red Angel, followed by a discussion with Union College film maker in residence, Jim de Seves.

Pilates for a Purpose

On Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., drop in at Reform Pilates,18 Division Street, Suite #203, for an open Pilates Mat Class. All levels and experience are welcome. There is no charge for this class, but donations will be accepted which will benefit the Saratoga Film Forum. Please wear comfortable clothing and socks. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and please arrive 15 minutes prior to class. For more information, call 518-871-1315 or visit reformyourbody.com.

Thanks to Reform Pilates for supporting the Saratoga Film Forum!

 

Northshire Bookstore Sunday Deal!

Visit Northshire Bookstore  Sundays in January and receive a 20% discount with your stamped Film Forum ticket stub.

 

 

 

 

Northshire Bookstore
424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
518-682-4200
http://www.northshire.com/northshire-bookstore-saratoga

Thanks to our friends at Northshire for supporting the Saratoga Film Forum!