Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Multiple Oscar nominee A Star is Born at the Strand

Saturday, February 23 at 7 PM
A Star is Born 
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper


Academy Award nominated for:
• Best Picture
• Actor in a Leading Role, Bradley Cooper
• Actress in a Leading Role, Lady Gaga
• Actor in a Supporting Role, Sam Elliott
• Cinematography
• Music (Original Song), “Shallow” 
• Sound Mixing
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)  

A Star is Born stars four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (American
Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and multiple award-
winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Lady Gaga, in her first leading
role in a major motion picture. Cooper helms the drama, marking his
directorial debut. In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned
musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling
artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big
as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s
career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as
Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. 




$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse •
$8 at the door.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Best Foreign Language Film nominee: Shoplifters at the Strand

Saturday, February 16 at 7 PM
Shoplifters 



Oscar nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Shoplifters was directed by Kore-Eda and won the big prize at the 2018
Cannes Film Festival.

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by
fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the
young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-
the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love-not
blood-that defines a family.

“beautifully felt family drama,” -  Manohla Dargis, The NYTimes

“It's impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and
not be moved to tears.” Peter Travers. Rolling Stone

“Watching “Shoplifters” is understanding the pervasive power of love” -
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

“The deeply flawed heroes of Shoplifters may not always be right, but
they’re not wrong either.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
 
$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse • 8 at the door.
Strand Theatre • 717 Clay Street 
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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts 
Live Action: Sat. Feb. 9 at 7 PM 
Animated: Sun., Feb. 10 at 5 PM 


It's time to crank things back up at the Strand for 2019, and since it's Oscar season, we start with a month of Oscar nominees... 
First we have a weekend of nominated shorts: 
If you come to either of these programs you are guaranteed to see an Oscar winner. 
Live Action Nominees 
 (Saturday / 7PM) 
Detainment 
IRELAND/30 MINS/2018 
Director 
Vincent Lambe 
Synopsis 
Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993 and continues to incite public outrage across the UK today. 


Fauve 
CANADA/16 MINS/2018 
Director 
Jeremy Comte 
Synopsis 
Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer... 


Marguerite 
CANADA/19 MINS/2017 
Director 
Marianne Farley 
Synopsis 
An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past. 


Madre (Mother) 
SPAIN/19 MINS/2017 
Director 
Rodrigo Sorogoyen 
Synopsis 
A single mother receives a call from her seven-year-old son who is on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country. At first the call is a cause for joy, but soon it becomes a horrible nightmare when the child tells her that he is alone and cannot find his father who left a while ago. 


Skin 
USA/20 MINS/2018 
Director 
Guy Nattiv 
Synopsis 
A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash. 

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6 
At the door: $8 
Animated Nominees: 
 (Sunday / 5PM) 
Animal Behaviour 
CANADA/14 MINS/2018 
Director 
Alison Snowden and David Fine 
Synopsis 
Dealing with what comes naturally isn't easy, especially for animals. In 'Animal Behaviour', five animals meet regularly to discuss their  inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. 


Bao 
USA/8 MINS/2018 
Director 
Domee Shi 
Synopsis 
An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.  


Late Afternoon 
IRELAND/10 MINS/2017 
Director 
Louise Bagnall 
Synopsis 
Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented memories. 


One Small Step 
USA & CHINA/8 MINS/2018 
Director 
Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas 
Synopsis 
Luna is a vibrant young Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams. 


Weekends 
USA/15 MINS/2017 
Director 
Trevor Jimenez 
Synopsis 
Weekends' is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980's Toronto 

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6 
At the door: $8 

  
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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.



Click to contribute

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