Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mississippi Film Showcase at the Strand - Sat. Feb. 25 all day

On Feb. 25th, Running Wild Films and The Strand Theatre will present a showcase of films made in Mississippi and by Mississippi filmmakers, including a special screening of Running Wild film's new feature film Don't Come Around Here. 

The event will include a reception with attending film makers.

Here is the final schedule and lineup of films: 

12:15 pm - Introduction with director Travis Mills and theater programmer Daniel Boone

12:30 pm - Running Wild Films in Mississippi (Featuring shorts and documentaries filmed in Mississippi)

1:30 pm - Mississippi Short Films
The Farmer - Tonia Lee
Hello - Konnor Megginson
Kindness of Strangers - Curtis Everitt
Perfect - Lynn Forney
Lowest Bidders (Web Series Episode) - Will Black

2:30 pm - Socializing/Networking Break

3:00 pm - Mississippi School of the Arts Student Films

4:00 pm - Panel Discussions with Mississippi Actors & Filmmakers

5:00pm - Documentaries
The Well Driller - Matt McCoy
Slow Buttery Death - Neil Brimelow

6:00 pm - Happy Hour with Complimentary Appetizers & Cash Bar

7:00 pm - OzLand Feature Film by Michael Williams

9:30 pm - Don't Come Around Here Feature Film by Navid Sanati. (read article from Daily Leader)

Please join us for this celebration of Mississippi film.

Whole Day Passes are available from Brown Paper Tickets and at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $25. Tickets for individual programs will be available at the door on the day.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

All in one weekend: Oscar nominee & an Opera

Saturday, February 18 at 7 PM: Life, Animated

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams
A Release from The Orchard

The Strand opens our 2017 film series with this 2017 Oscar Nominee: LIFE, ANIMATED. It is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song. Until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive. Incredible story well told.
$5 advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door

Sunday, February 19 at 2 PM: La Cenerentola
Our first onscreen opera of the season: La Cenerentola
(based on the Cinderella story)

Opera in 2 acts (1817) 
Music by Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) 
Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti (1784-1852) 

Capturing all the vocal sparks and dazzle generated by the charismatic Juan Diego Flórez and stunning Joyce DiDonato, this "may just be the definitive performance of Rossini's enchanting rags­to­riches fairy­tale," (Opera Today). With his airy, effortless high notes and perfect command of rapid­fire Rossinian parlando, Flórez once again proves that he was born to sing Rossini. American mezzo Joyce DiDonato is not only a beautiful Angelina, but also a prodigiously gifted artist who moves with ease and grace from the most delicate pianissimi to the most heartrending outbursts of passion. Conducting the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Patrick Summers leads “an effervescent reading” (Opera Today) that is fully supported by the rest of the top­notch cast. Director Joan Font and his designer Joan Guillén keep the audience busy with many lovingly crafted details, including dancing mice, cheerily colorful costumes and imaginative lighting effects, courtesy of Albert Faura. Light and bubbly, this is Rossini at his finest..

$15 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$18 at the door


Mississippi Film Showcase 
Sat. Feb 25 / Noon to 11 P
concludes with
Don't Come Around Here
(Meet film makers)
All day pass - $25

The Salesman - Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
From Iran by the director of
A Separation
Sat. March 4 at 7 PM

Film - Free!
Alfred Hitchcock's
Shadow of a Doubt 
Sat. March 11 at 7 PM
Hitch called it his favorite film. Free while seats remain.

Shakespeare Onscreen
Fantastic production of
The Tempest 
by The Royal Shakespeare Company from Stratford-upon-Avon. Amazing special effects bring Ariel to life.
Sunday, March 12 at 2 PM - $12*

My Life as a Zucchini 
Saturday, March 18 at 7 PM. Oscar nominated animated film from Switzerland about a
young boy who is sent to a group home and his search for the family he never really had.

*discount tickets available in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Monday, November 28, 2016

Swedish award winning film: A Man Called Ove

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.

One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove.

See trailer

Director: Hannes Holm

“...a breathless movie.” - John Hartl, Seattle Times

“A smooth, methodical black comedy... Hearts will warm, and tears may fall.” - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“A morbidly funny and moving success. Director Holm’s grip on the film’s tricky, tragicomic tone is masterful." - Odie Henderson,

“The dopes saying that movies are dead haven’t seen the moving, tender ‘A Man Called Ove.’” - Nick Schager, Village Voice

Awards & Festivals

Sweden's Official Foreign Language Submission - 89th Academy Awards®
Best Actor - Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award 2016
Winner - Audience Award, Best Actor (Rolf Lassgård), Best Make-Up (Love Larson & Eva Von Bahr), 2016 Guldbagge Awards
Winner - Audience Award, 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival & 2016 Traverse City Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award for Best Film, 2016 Scottsdale International Film Festival

$5 Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Singin' in the Rain free at the Strand the day after Thanksgiving

Singin' in the Rain - Free!
Friday, November 25 
at 7 PM
The best things in life are (sometimes) free!  
Singin' in the Rain was declared number 20 among the best films ever made in Sight and Sound's most recent poll. On the day after Thanksgiving join us to see why. Made in 1952 Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor sing, dance and charm us with this classic story set behind the scenes in the world of movie making.

It is free, but we will certainly accept donations to help us in our mission to bring great entertainment to downtown Vicksburg.

Don't get shut out: wolf down a turkey sandwich and come early to get a good seat.

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's not just a flesh wound - Monty Python is coming!!! Ni!!!

Bob Bernard is sponsoring a showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail this Saturday, November 12 at 7 PM. Come early, there should  be a crowd for this one.

Advance tickets are $5 at the Coffeehouse, and $7 at the door.

Martin's at Midtown will be open after the show so the party can continue.

And, we have coconuts.

Harry & Snowman was a magnet for horse fanciers...

Somehow word got out that we were showing Harry & Snowman last Saturday, November 5, We were delighted that "horse people" were so eager to see it, they were williing to travel. Road trips to see this story about a man and his incredible jumping horse originated in West Monroe and New Orleans, La; Gulfport, Pelahatchie, West, Jackson, and more from Mississippi. These travelers of all ages not only enjoyed the movie, but they also went out to eat at local restaurants, and some stayed the night in b&bs and hotels. It makes me feel like the Strand is working...Thanks to all.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Harry & Snowman coming to the Strand Sat., Nov. 5 at 7

"Heartwarming...captivating" - The Hollywood Reporter

In Holland, during World War II, Harry de Leyer spent his youth helping his father, who worked for the resistance, hide and deliver Jews out of Nazi-occupied Holland.

After the war ended, Harry was sponsored by an American family whose son was killed during the war, and who was buried on the deLeyer farm. This enabled him to bring his wife to America in 1950. He became a riding instructor at an expensive girls' boarding school. He had a one-year contract, but the school kept him on for 22 years.

In 1956 he planned to attend a horse auction, hoping to find an inexpensive horse for his growing family, one he might be able to use at the school. A flat tire kept him from reaching the auction on time; when he got there, the only horses that were left were on a truck headed for the glue factory. But he saw something in one of the horses, a mottled Amish plow horse, that appealed to him. He bought the horse for $80 and named him Snowman.

Before Harry bought the horse, he has arranged to sell his next horse to a doctor who lived 6 miles away. Apparently the horse, now called Snowman, did not agree to the sale. Shortly after he was taken to the doctor's farm, he showed up at Harry's home. when the doctor came to reclaim his horse, he told Harry that Snowman had jumped a fence to return. Harry told him to build higher fences.

Higher fences didn't help. Wherever the doctor put the horse, however high the fence, Snowman would jump out of his paddock and return to Harry. Eventually, the two men recognized that the horse had made up his mind - he belonged to Harry.

Harry also realized that the horse was a talented jumper. Within two years, Snowman, the ten-year-old plow horse, had won the show jumping triple crown, becoming the American Horse Show Association's Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman's Association champion and the champion of Madison Square Garden's Diamond Jubilee.

Neither Harry nor Snowman fit the world they entered and conquered, but together they dominated the sport for several years.

Snowman would retire from show jumping in 1962, but not before becoming a national celebrity. He appeared on television shows, had a fan club and a line of toys designed to look like him.

He would spend the rest of his life as a beloved friend to deLeyer and his family. Family films show the eight deLeyer children using Harry's back as a diving platform as the happy horse swam with his family.

Although Snowman would die in 1974, Harry would continue as a trainer and show jumper for years. He would acquire the nickname "The Galloping Grandfather."

The award-winning documentary Harry & Snowman tells the improbable story of this unlikely pair.

See trailer

Harry & Snowman
Saturday, November 5 at the Strand at 7 PM

$5 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
$7 at the door

601 529 7252

The Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
downtown Vicksburg