Monday, October 15, 2018

John Carpenter's Halloween on Halloween

For its 40th anniversary 
John Carpenter's original comes to the Strand for one night: Halloween,Wednesday, October 31 at 8 PM


Halloween night, 1963. A six year old child (Michael Myers) murdered his 17-year-old sister. He was locked away at Smith’s Grove-Warren Sanitarium for 15 years, but on October 30, 1978, things were about to change. While being transferred, a now 21 year old Michael Myers escapes Smith’s Grove and returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield. Seventeen-year-old Laurie Strode is a quiet bookworm, preferring babysitting over parties. Her friends, Annie and Lynda, are busy thinking about the fun of Halloween night.

That evening, Laurie and Annie are babysitting across the street from each other. Laurie has to keep an eye on Tommy Doyle, while Annie watches Lindsey Wallace. Little do they know that Michael Myers has come home. Carefully, he murders Annie first, followed by Lynda and her boyfriend Bob.

Their only hope is Dr. Loomis, Michael’s childhood psychiatrist who has followed Michael’s trail back to Haddonfield. Loomis enlists the help of town sheriff and together the duo search the streets, but the bogeyman is close to his prize for the night: Laurie!

Halloween is rated R by the MPAA


Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/288473122

$5 Discount Advance Tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online at Brown Paper Tickets
$7 at the door

Monday, October 8, 2018

MANHATTAN SHORT winners announced

Latest News: New York NY Oct 8, 2018: "Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times" written and directed by Marcus Marcou (UK) was crowned the Gold Medal Winner of the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. The Silver Medal went to "Chuchotage" with the Bronze Medal going to "Baghead". The Gold Medal for Best Actor went to Felix Grenier for his breakout performance in (Fauve).

Note: From over 350 venues worldwide, we're amazed that only 3 votes separated 2nd and 3rd place, so yes, every vote does count at MANHATTAN SHORT. 









Thursday, October 4, 2018

MANHATTAN SHORT returns to the Strand


One World - One Week - One Festival

It's that time again: MANHATTAN SHORT returns to the Strand. This is one of our most popular programs. Martin's at Midtown will be hosting the ballot counting party after the show again. Do not miss this...

MANHATTAN SHORT today announced the Final Nine selections for its 21st Annual Short Film Festival, a worldwide event taking place in over 350 venues across six continents between September 27th and October 7, 2018. MANHATTAN SHORT is the only event of its kind. The Final Nine are screened simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue. By virtue of their selection by MANHATTAN SHORT, each short film is automatically Oscar-qualified.

The Nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These Final Nine short films represent the best short films among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2018, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year's Final Nine represent an extraordinary range of film genres that includes intimate dramas; fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War II epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program

See trailer: https://youtu.be/NkO2awDOh9I

The Final Nine are:
Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria).

All Final Nine short films will become Oscar-Qualified, meaning they will become automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination, by screening for a week at Los Feliz 3 Cinemas in the county of Los Angeles .

You Be the Judge!
Which of these nine short films is best? That's up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 8, at 10AM EST.

Tickets: $7 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse, at the door or online : manhattanstrand.brownpapertickets.com

Monday, October 1, 2018

Rocky Horror opens Friday, October 5

Rocky Horror is back at the Strand!

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show returns to the stage of the Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg for the first time in four years. Come do the Time Warp again with Frank-N-Furter, Brad, Janet, Riff Raff, Columbia, Magenta, Eddie, Dr. Scott, Rocky...and all the Transylvanians.

It's just like "a late night double feature picture show...from RKO"

"Just a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania..."

"Dammit, Janet..."

"In just seven days, I can make you a man..."

"He thought it was the candyman..."

"The sword of Damocles is hanging over my head..."

"What a guy, made you cry, und I did..."

"Touch-a, touch-a, touch-a, touch me..."

"Crawling on the planet's face, some insects called the human race, lost in time, and Lost in Space..."

Hot patootie, bless my soul Really love that Rock and Roll..."

Performances
Friday, October 5 7:30 PM 
Friday, October 12 7:30 PM 
Saturday, October 13 7:30 PM 
Friday, October 19 7:30 PM 
Saturday, October 20 7:30 PM 
Friday, October 26 7:30 PM 
Saturday, October 27 7:30 PM 
Wednesday, October 31 11:59 PM 


$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse  
$20 at the door. 

Strand Theatre • 717 Clay Street  
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Monday, September 24, 2018

No Date, No Signature - Iranian film coming to the Strand


No Date, No Signature
Strand Theatre
Saturday, September 29 at 7 PM



Iran – 2017 – 104min – Color – 1.85 – Not Rated

In Farsi with English Subtitles


Synopsis
Short synopsis : A seemingly minor traffic collision has far-reaching consequences in this story of a well-meaning medical examiner haunted by the death of a child he might have prevented. As the story unfolds, his fate becomes inextricably bound up with that of the grieving family. In only his second feature, Jalilvand coaxes brilliantly understated performances from a superb cast for this compelling, considered meditation on guilt and grief. –Chicago International Film Festival


Directed by
Vahid Jalilvand

REACTIONS
“Lensed with great sensitivity and style and superbly acted! The film is a visual pleasure.”–Hollywood Reporter

Watch trailer: 



AWARDS AND FEST
1- Venice Int’l Film Festival (30 Aug.- 9 Sept. 2017/Italy) – Orizzonti Winner of the Best Director and Best Actor
2- Vancouver Int’l Film Festival (28 Sep.-13 Oct. 2017/Canada)
3- Filmfest Hamburg (5-14 Oct. 2017/Germany)
4- Busan Int’l Film Festival (12 Oct.-21 Oct. 2017/Korea)
5- Chicago Int’l Film Festival (12-26 Oct. 2017/USA)- New Directors Competition – Winner of Gold Hugo for No Date, No Signature
6- Sao Paulo Int’l Film Festival (19 Oct.-1 Nov. 2017/Brazil)
7- Thessaloniki Int’ F.F.(2-12 Nov.2017/Greece)- Winner of Silver Alexander and FIPRESCI Award
8- Stockholm Int’l Film Festival(8-19 Nov.2017/Sweden)- Winner of Best Screenplay
9- Ljubljana Int’l F.F.(8-19 Nov. 2017/slovenia)
10- Bratislava Int’l F.F. (9-16 Nov. 2017/ Slovakia)- Winner of the Best Film by FIPRESCI Jury and Best Actor
11- San Diego Asian Film Festival (9-18 Nov. 2017/USA)
12- Sheed Film Festival (10-12 Nov.2017/USA)
13- CineIran Film Festival (17-19 Nov. 2017/Canada)
14- Singapore Int’l Film Festival (23 Nov.-3Dec. 2017/ Singapore)
15- Asia Pacific screen award (APSA)- (21Nov.-24Nov. 2017/ Australia) Winner of Special mention Best Performance by an Actor
16- International Film Festival of India, GOA (20- 28 Nov. 2017/India)
17- The Festival on Wheels (1-15 Dec. 2017/Turkey) 18- Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF)14-21 Dec. 2017/India)
19- Dubai International Film Festival (6-16 Dec 2017/The United Arab Emirates)
20- Palm Springs International Film Festival (2-15 Jan. 2018)
21- Istanbul International Film Festival (6-17 April 2018/Turkey)


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

Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's Art House Theater Week at the Strand - 3 events in 4 days

Vicksburg’s Strand Theatre to celebrate Art House Theater "week" with 2 films (meet the film makers) and Broadway Show 

During the third week in September independent movie theaters all across America will
be observing the third annual Art House Theater Day, which celebrates the art house
theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-
round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, and staff, and the brick and mortar
theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic
experience.

Vicksburg’s Strand be extending their celebration with three special programs over a 4
day period ending on Art House Theater Day, Sunday September 23.

First, on Thursday, September 20 the American debut in cinemas of London’s West End production of An American in Paris will be shown at the Strand at 7 PM.

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by
the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the
‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin,
stunning designs, and show-stopping choreography. An American GI’s chance encounter
with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern
romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. Advance tickets for An
American in Paris are $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online:  and $12 at the door.


On Saturday, September 22 at 7 PM the Strand will present a free showing of the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers starring John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. It’s free, so come early to get a good seat for the Blues Brothers.



Art House Theater Day will be celebrated at the Strand with a cast reunion and showing
of the 2008 Mississippi made film,
Ballast on Sunday, September 23 at 6 PM.
Made in Canton and near Yazoo City, the film highlights the atmospheric fields of the Mississippi Delta and its people. At the Sundance festival that year the film took two prestigious awards: Lance Hammer, writer and director, won best dramatic directing and British cinematographer, Lol Crawley, won for excellence in dramatic cinematography. We wanted to bring Ballast to Vicksburg for its ten year anniversary. It not only won several awards in a number of festivals and polls, but was critically praised.

We think more people in Mississippi need to know about it and see it, and meet some of the people who helped create it. We see this as an important part of our mission in the community. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Mississippi actor Tarra Riggs and producer Nina Parikh, and other members of the cast and crew of Ballast, and the evening will conclude with dessert with the film makers, giving the audience an opportunity to socialize with the actors and others connected to the film.

Tickets for the Ballast screening and cast and crew reunion on Art House Theater Day
will be $10 and are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse.

The Strand Theatre is located at 717 Clay Street in the Adolph Rose Building in downtown Vicksburg. It opened as a movie theatre in 1934, and closed about 30 years later. In 2011, the Westside Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), began the ongoing task of rehabbing the theatre and bringing it back to life as a movie theatre and performance space.

For more information about Strand events call 601 529 7252.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remember the Beatles

Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM 
Deconstructing the Beatles:
1963. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 
(An onscreen lecture) 


From  “Love  Me  Do”  to  “I  Want  to  Hold  Your  Hand”,  Deconstructing  
the  1963  Beatles  traces  the  Beatles  remarkable  story  through  the  year  
of  1963  as  they  create  their  first  hit  singles  and  albums,  including  
“Please  Please  Me”  and  “She  Loves  You”.  

Scott Freiman combines his love of The Beatles with his experience as a 
composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures 
about the creative process of the Beatles. He moves past the personalities of 
the four Beatles to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be 
loved by millions.  

Scott's multimedia presentations transport his audiences into Abbey Road 
Studio with anecdotes about The Beatles' recording sessions, allowing fans 
to experience the evolution of The Beatles' groundbreaking albums and 
songs. 

Scott's lectures have entertained audiences of musicians and nonmusicians 
alike, from pre-teenagers to octogenarians. Once you've attended one of 
Scott's presentations, you'll never listen to The Beatles or any other music 
the same way again! 


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