Thursday, January 3, 2019

Go Fund Us! Here's an opportunity to help us with the coming year...

Okay, it's 2019, and time for putting together another year of programming for our own little community theater.

Please consider making a donation. 

What we are doing: Cutting edge international and independent films, classic films (including several free movies), documentaries, live conversations with filmmakers, community theater, Sunday afternoon onscreen opera and ballet from European stages, recorded Broadway Musicals, live musical and dance performances: all this and more is right here in downtown Vicksburg at the historic Strand Theatre.

Why we do it: The Westside Theatre Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) dedicated to providing Vicksburg a place to gather to share cultural events: programs that are entertaining, but also thought provoking and conversation fueling. We believe there is no reason a small town like Vicksburg cannot have world class films and other programming. Our goal is to make Vicksburg a better place for us to live, and to make it a more attractive place for people considering moving here.

Our mission is made possible by tax free contributions and memberships.

Please consider supporting our efforts: Click here.
Thank you for your consideration and support,

2018 Programs: 

Films: 
Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action
Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated
The Insult (Lebanon - Academy Award nominee)
Faces/Places (France - Academy Award nominee)
Southern Comedy Showcase
Best Of Oxford Film Festival featuring: Mississippi Madam
I Did Not Come Here to Die
MOKA (from France)
Keep the Change
Love and Bananas
The Big Lebowski (free)
The Last Suit (Argentina)
Cornbread Cosa Nostra 
(Mississippi made - with Cast & Crew)
Desert Bride (Argentina / Chile)
A Fistful of Dollars
American Animals (Documentary)
Black Orpheus (France / Brazil)
Airplane!
Blazing Saddles
Loving Vincent
The Concert for George
Three Identical Strangers
The Man who Saved the World x2
Damsel
Hearts Beat Loud
Deconstructing the Beatles: 
1963 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Lecture)
The Blues Brothers (free)
Ballast (Art House Theater Day)
No Date, No Signature (Iran)
MANHATTAN SHORT  
(with vote counting party at Martin’s at Midtown)
Halloween
A Shot in the Dark (free)
Return of the Hero
Some Like it Hot
Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album
Young Frankenstein 
Liyana 
Evening with Bill Ferris and his films (free)

Onscreen Performing Arts Series: 
Carmen
An American in Paris
The King & I

Live theater: 
The Cocktail Hour x4
The Heathers x4
Vagina Monologues x8
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 x4
Rocky Horror Show x8

Live Performances:
Lee H & the Boone Brothers

Coming in 2019
Oscar nominated live action and animated shorts, Oscar nominated foreign language films and documentaries, 2019 Cat Video Fest (no, really), MANHATTAN SHORT 2019, more opportunities to meet directors and other film makers, and lots more plays, movies, music, etc...

We need you ...
Sure we need your donations, but we also need your attendance at the programs, we need your help spreading the word about the Strand, and we need your ideas and suggestions.



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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Liyana - unique documentary using animation

Liyana
Saturday, December 15 at 7 PM

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell - in fiction and in their own lives. This genre-defying film weaves an original animated hero's journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance. LIYANA is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power of storytelling.

Critically acclaimed, and executive produced by award-winning actress, Thandie Newton, LIYANA has won more than 25 jury and audience awards and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’sDocFortnight

See the trailer for a taste of this unique film: 

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

Young Frankenstein - It's alive!!!! At the Strand!!!

Young Frankenstein
at the Strand
Saturday, December 8 at 7 PM

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... 

"What hump?" 

"Well, why isn't it "Froaderick Frokensteen"?" 

"Give my creation LIIIFEEE!" 

"Wow. What Knockers!" 

"walk this way..." 

“Putting on the Ritz!” 

“There wolf. There castle.” 

“He vas my...Boyfriend.” 

“Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?”  

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



Thursday, November 29, 2018

The King and I onscreen at the Strand

The King and I 
Thursday, November 29 at 7 PM

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to the screen of The Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.

Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

“Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” 

The Times 

“We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!”

Daily Mail 

“Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture”

The Telegraph

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $10 / At the door: $12


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Coming: Some Like it Hot - The Best Comedy film ever made

The day after Thanksgiving: 
Friday, November 23 at 7 PM
Some Like it Hot

Both the American Film Institute and the BBC agree it's the best comedy film ever made...


Wolf down that turkey sandwich and some leftover dressing, and head to downtown Vicksburg, because director, Billy Wilder's hilarious comedy featuring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon comes to the Strand the day after Thanksgiving. (And if it's cold outside, dress warmly.)

Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women - yet.

Armed with some dodgy wigs and wobbly falsettos, Joe and Jerry manage to join the Syncopators, where they meet Sugar Kane: a hooch-swilling, ukulele-playing knockout with a soft spot for badboy saxophone players. Barely able to believe their good fortune, things start to go off the rails for the pair when they begin to attract unwanted attention from lecherous millionaires and some familiar faces show up at their hotel for a gathering of the country’s most dangerous criminals.

Read article from the BBC


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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

French Comedy at the Strand Sat., Nov. 17

Return of the Hero
Saturday, November 17 at 7 PM

France, 90 min, 2018, Comedy, 


Synopsis
France 1809. The charming Captain Neuville is set to marry the naïve Pauline when the war breaks out, forcing Neuville to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline soon starts to become ill with worry, pushing her sister Elizabeth to write fake letters on behalf of Neuville thinking he would never come back.

When Neuville finally returns home unexpectedly, he is welcomed in glory but in truth is a war deserter and an opportunistic coward. A suspicious Elizabeth is determined to expose the real Neuville and the two imposters are about to start a ruthless fight, conspiring against each other using the best tricks they can find.

Directed by
Laurent Tirard

Watch the trailer: 
Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Inspector Clouseau is back at the Strand. For free...

Bob Bernard presents his annual film pick: Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau in A Shot in the Dark



Friday, November 9 at 7 PM

A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 British-American DeLuxe Color comedy film directed by Blake Edwards in Panavision. It is the second installment in The Pink Panther film series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the French Sûreté.

Clouseau's blundering personality is unchanged, but it was in this film that Sellers began to give him the idiosyncratically exaggerated French accent that was to later become a hallmark of the character. The film also introduces Herbert Lom as his long-suffering boss, Commissioner Dreyfus, Burt Kwouk as his stalwart man servant Cato and André Maranne as François, all of whom would become series regulars. Elke Sommer portrays the murder suspect, Maria Gambrelli. 

We are making this a free screening. With free popcorn. Come on out to the Strand