Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Oscar Nominated Shorts at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

The Westside Theatre Foundation is partnering with the SCHF to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short Films.

The Live Action Shorts will be shown in the Auditorium of The Southern Cultural complex 
 7 PM on Saturday, April 17 
the Animated Short Films will screen at 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 18. 

This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place in late April.


The nominated films, which were just announced, are: 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 125 minutes)
Feeling Through – Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)
The Letter Room  Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)
The Present  Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)*
Two Distant Strangers  Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)
White Eye  Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)*
*The Present and White Eye were both in the MANHATTAN SHORT which we showed at Martin's in 2020.  The subtitles have been redone so that they look much better and much more readable.

ANIMATED SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 94 minutes)
Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)
Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)
Opera – Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)
Kapaemahu (USA, 7 min.)
To Gerard (USA, 8 min.)
Tickets are $10 for each night or $18 for both if purchased together. Space will be limited due to social distancing, so tickets should be purchased in advance if possible.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

New York International Children's Film Festival online (save with discount code)


The New York International Children’s Film Festival kicks off March 5-14! For the first time ever, the Oscar-qualifying film festival for children and teens will take place completely online, making its groundbreaking programming available to families nationwide!

Tickets are on sale NOW! Our Vicksburg audience can use code TOUR21 to save $3 off Single View tickets and $5 off All Access Passes! Learn more at

@nyicff #nyicff

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What is a Sweded Film Festival? We've got one for you...

Well, It's been awhile, but the Strand has a new virtual offering for you: a Sweded Film Festival 

Check it out, watch it, (for only $3.99) and benefit the Strand...


 “Sweded” films are inspired by Michel Gondry’s 2008 film Be Kind, Rewind 

which sees two video store workers create brief but bizarre 

remakes of real movies, unintentionally creating a must see fad 

Mega blockbusters, beloved classics, arthouse indies, even 

concert films have all been given the unique treatment known as “sweding ” for the first 

ever nationwide Sweded Film Festival  for Creative Re Creations 

“Sweded” versions of 

Die Hard 

Air Force One 

No Country for Old Men 

The Lighthouse 

The Wizard of Oz 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 


Stop Making Sense 

showcase the passion, humor, creativity and – as a result of the pandemic – incredible ingenuity of movie lovers, whose fast - and cheap, homemade versions of these and other movies will be included i Creative Re-Creations comes almost one full year after thousands of movie theaters around the country closed their doors 
and darkened their screens in the wake of COVID 19. 

“It’s been an extraordinarily difficult year for independent movie exhibitors and for 
film fans, but we remain undaunted, and our Sweded Festival is a way to celebrate 
everything we love about movies,” said Brian Mendelssohn, owner of Row House Cinema, 
which launched The Sweded Film Festival for Creative Re-Creations 
four years ago as a local event in Pittsburgh and is taking it national for 2021.

 “The exuberance and immense creativity of the entrants is wonderful to see – silly, passionate, inspired and sometimes downright crazy.” 

Virtual cinema releases help independently owned cinemas make up for the revenue 
lost during this historic time.
Half of the revenue of each virtual or real world ticket sold to 
The Sweded Film Festival for Creative Re Creations will aid theaters that are continuing to struggle with lost revenue due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic and its related closures. 

A virtual cinema ticket to The Sweded Film Festival for Creative Re Creations 
will cost just $3.99 – a bargain price that organizers hope will spur more movie fans watch the 
fan made short films and help support independent cinemas. 

Monday, November 2, 2020

MANHATTAN SHORT 2020 winners announced...3 fathers & 3 daughters

 Again, we want to thank Martin's at Midtown for making it possible for us to get this year's MANHATTAN SHORT in front of the Strand audience. It was a fun place to see a movie, and maybe we can get together again there.

The Vicksburg audience was in perfect alignment with the worldwide audience in their choices for best films and actor.

The big prize goes to the Palestinian film about a father and daughter's 
experiences bringing home a fridge

In Macedonia
another father tries to take a gift to his daughter.

Another father (in Finland) has to decide whether to get his daughter a dog.

The best actor award goes to the father with the fridge...

Thanks to everyone who came to our presentations of the films at Martin's. 
By the time it was all over, I think we had almost figured out how to make it work.

Hope to see you back at the Strand someday soon.

Friday, October 9, 2020

AGGIE - A new film to watch at home and benefit the Strand

Our virtual films offer you great films to see at home and still support the future of the Strand Theatre.

Aggie is a feature-length documentary that explores the nexus of art, race, and justice through the story of art collector and philanthropist Agnes “Aggie” Gund’s life. Emmy-nominated director Catherine Gund focuses on her mother’s journey to give viewers an understanding of the power of art to transform consciousness and inspire social change. Aggie is internationally recognized for her robust and prescient support of artists–particularly women and people of color–and her unwavering commitment to social justice issues. After falling in love with art as a high-school student, Aggie discovers a new way of looking at the world. The film opens with Aggie selling Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” For $165 million to start the Art for Justice Fund. The proceeds from one of the highest grossing artworks ever sold fuel a monumental effort to reform the American criminal justice system and end mass incarceration. The film captures Aggie as a true maverick who demonstrates the unique role and potential of collectors and benefactors to use art to fight justice. This is untapped terrain, and we see Aggie leading the way.

Check out the trailer

Click to watch this new film:

Sunday, October 4, 2020

MANHATTAN SHORT 2020 to debut at Martin's at Midtown

For the seventh year in a row film lovers in Vicksburg will join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world during the month of October when the 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival debuts outdoors on the deck of Martin's at Midtown Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 starting at 7 PM. (Look for more showings in response to demand)

"It's one of our most popular programs every year and it was important to us to get the films in front of our audience somehow or another," said Daniel Boone film programmer for the Strand Theatre, the usual venue for the Shorts. "Martin's has worked with us over the years to make MANHATTAN SHORT a true event here in Vicksburg, so, it seemed only natural to partner with them on finding a way to present the films during these unusual times. In years past a single showing of MANHATTAN SHORT has sold out, but since seating at Martin's will be strictly limited to keep everyone safe, we will consider repeating the program if there is demand to do so."

The first shows at Martin's will be on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 starting at 7 PM. Patrons will be asked to purchase a table for the evening. Each table will include heavy hors d'oeuvres donated by local restaurants Martin's at Midtown and Mainstreet Market, adult libations, as well as a view of the Shorts, and the opportunity to vote on their favorite film. All proceeds will go to MANHATTAN SHORT and to support the continuation of the Strand Theatre. 

View the trailer

This year, the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival received 971 entries from 54 countries and selected nine finalists. The Final Nine MANHATTAN SHORT selections hail from nine countries with films from Australia, Finland, Iran, Russia, Israel, North Macedonia, State of Palestine and USA. The Final Nine screening simultaneously across the world during a one-month period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Nine are:
Safe Space (Australia), The Stick (Finland), Exam (Iran), Hey, Gray (Russia), White Eye (Israel), Sticker (North Macedonia), Two Little Boys (USA), Maestro (France) The Present (Palestine).

This year's Final Nine selections use drama, comedy and animation to address an astonishing number of themes, ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the Department of Motor Vehicles no matter the country. The directorial voices are both male and female from countries large and small, often inspired by personal and sometimes harrowing experience. This year's Final Nine screening also is a rare instance when gripping dramas from Iran, Israel, and the State of Palestine are featured in the same program.

Due to COVID 19 MANHATTAN SHORT is extending the screening dates through the whole month of October rather than its usual seven-to-ten day period. None of the screenings will be shown "virtually" so as to support local cinemas in a time of crisis. "The Films I remember best are those I saw in a cinema. Streaming the Manhattan Short Film Festival was never an option. While the numbers are sure to be down, you have to stay true to what you do. MANHATTAN SHORT is a cinematic experience." -- Founding Director Nicholas Mason. 

MANHATTAN SHORT at Martin's at Midtown Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 starting at 7 PM:

Masks will be required for entry and social distancing will be observed.

Tables for 4 may be reserved for $160
To reserve a table Text: "Shorts" to 601 618 4755. 
Pre-payment of the full table price will be required to secure the reservation.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Meeting the Beatles in India - a new film


New Film:

Meeting the Beatles
In India

starting Friday, September 18

A new film to watch at home while supporting the present and future of the Strand Theatre.

In 1968, with the eyes of the world upon them, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In one of the most anticipated Beatles documentaries, Filmmaker Paul Saltzman, retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Fifty years later he reveals previously unknown details of this pivotal moment in the Beatles' career and the inner workings of the masterful White Album.

Starting with "Bungalow Bill" in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal.: and Pattie and Jenny Boyd. And much of this is due to Saltzman's own daughter, Devyani, reminding him that he had put away and forgotten these remarkably intimate photographs of that time in 1968.

Released: 2020 - Rating: NR - Duration: 142 minutes

Click to see this film:

The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand

Back in March I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72 hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also a cable which connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

Click to see Meeting the Beatles in India: