Friday, May 14, 2021

Movies are back: Los Hermanos - Saturday, May 29 at 7 PM

Okay, it's time to start up with the films in the Strand. For our first since early last year we have Los Hermanos.

Saturday, May 29 at 7 PM

Two Cuban-born brothers, both virtuoso musicians  Aldo and Ilmar López-Gavilán  live on opposite sides of the geopolitical chasm that separates the U.S. and Cuba. But although they lead very different existences, the brothers have an instinctual connection.

Following their parallel lives in New York and Havana, Los Hermanos / The Brothers offers an amazingly heartfelt  though often startling  view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. In capturing their momentous reunion and electrifying first performances together, the film shows how family bonds can transcend politics.

Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score composed by Aldo and performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.

See the trailer

"This endearing documentary is an Oscar-caliber film for the family and one not to be missed!" - Jeffrey Lyons, WCBS News Radio

"A remarkable film about a family ensnared in geopolitics and two brothers who lead very different lives and yet never lose their instinctual connection." - Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

"A moving documentary with generous amounts of music! Electrifying musical addition to the poignant sibling performances, Joshua Bell performs Aldos music with Aldo at Lincoln Center." - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

"Six months without live music will be reason enough to see these two gifted musicians reunite across borders to perform publicly for the first time. The film offers a bright take on the endurance of family despite the policies of the day." - WBUR, Boston Public Radio

"A joyful U.S. tour featuring Aldos blood-pumping compositions that meld jazz, classical and Latin music." - KQED, San Francisco Public Media

"Exquisite  so much poetry, heart, and exemplary craft. The editing is just sublime." - Rob Epstein, Two-time Oscar winner (The Times of Harvey Milk & Common Threads)

"Expertly and beautifully paced, like a great piece of music." - Joshua Bell, Celebrated American Violinist

A film by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider
84 minutes, color, 2020
In English & Spanish with English subtitles 



We will be limiting seating, so advance tickets are recommended. Click for ticket link. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Jazz in Vicksburg today - free to the public...

Jazz in Vicksburg


Dr. David Miller wants you to know about the updated 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival event this weekend
Friday, April 23 4:00 – 7:00 PM
The Vicksburg, 801 Clay Street Street, Vicksburg
Jazz music - Free to the public!
Performances - SouthEast Jazz All-Stars, ASU Jazz Combo, MS Jazz Educators

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

And now the choice for Animated short film...

 Many thanks to Stacey Mahoney and the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation for partnering with us to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short films.

On Sunday, April 18, the Vicksburg audience watched the 5 hopefuls and three more animated films,, choosing If Anything Happens, I Love You as the likely Oscar winner.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vicksburg Audience Chooses Oscar hopeful short film


The Present

Our audience saw the five nominated Live Action Short films at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, April 17. Afterwards they voted for their Oscar prediction, and their choice was The Present, a Palestinian film many had seen once before when we presented the MANHATTAN SHORT festival at Martin's in October. The film tells the story of a Palestinian man and his daughter who just want to go into town to buy a refrigerator as a gift for his wife (her mother). The film makes the point that such a seemingly simple task is not so easy in a system where the rights of one group are restricted by another.


Coming in second was a tough topical film with a similar theme: Two Distant Strangers in which a black man simply wants to get home to his dog, but his path inevitably intersects with that of a white cop, who seems to find fault with him no matter how he behaves.   

 Two Distant Strangers


The Oscar nominated Animated Short films will be presented at the SCHF Auditorium on Sunday, April 18 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance:

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.