Monday, February 22, 2016

Sat., Feb. 27 at 7 PM: Mustang - Oscar Nominee

Join us at the Strand for the third of our Oscar nominees:


Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Starring Dogba Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Gunes Sensoy, Ilayda Akdogan, Tugba Sunguroglu
Theatrical Release date November 20, 2015
Run time 94 min

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family.  The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.  As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate.  The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film - 2016 Academy Awards
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2015 Directors' Fortnight
Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Winner – Heart of Sarajevo Award, Sarajevo Film Festival 2015
Winner – Europa Cinemas Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2015
Winner – Audience Award, Chicago International Film Festival 2015
Winner – Best First Film Award, Philadelphia Film Festival 2015

Advance discount tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Coming Sat., Feb. 20: Boy and the World

Boy and the World is an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature from Brazil.

Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor – and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film’s music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

Show starts at 7 PM at the Strand.
Discounted advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Sat. Feb. 13 at 7PM - Some Will Fall

Director, Writer, and Star of Some Will Fall, Richard Balestre of Santa Fe, made this film in Portland, OR. He is now residing in Jackson, Mississippi working on new projects. He is passionate about film making, and will be at the Strand to share his feature film and talk about the challenges of making an independent feature.

Some Will Fall is a dark and twisted journey through the homeless subculture as two journalists for a street paper try to unravel the mystery of murders in the homeless community.

After the show, join us at Martin's at Midtown for supper, conversation, and libations.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Be Our Guest for Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Join us at the Strand on Saturday, March 5 for Hitchcock's Rear Window.
The show is at 7 PM and admission is free.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Upcoming and reflecting...

I traveled to the Art House Convergence in Utah in January to learn more about how to do a better job presenting films to the community at the Strand.

Being with others who are doing this work and with distributors and filmmakers who have new films to consider makes a great working vacation for me, because the Strand is a labor of love.

I listened to inspiring presentations by exhibitors who put foreign film, documentaries, independent films, and classics on many more screens than we do. From them I learned or at least gained new perspectives and context. But no matter how many screens or how many seats, we all are doing this because we believe in what we are doing. There is really no other reason: there is no money to be made showing art films at almost any scale.

That's why we and almost all those others are nonprofit organizations. Like ballet, opera, symphony, and even museums, box office receipts will never pay for the programming. And that is exactly what we are providing our community: access to arts.

Bringing our small Mississippi town the same films being discussed in New York City and other major metropolitan areas around the country is an important part of our mission.

Towards that end, we are bringing three films that have been nominated for Oscars to our audience before the Awards ceremony.

Sat. Feb. 6 we have Cartel Land, nominated for best documentary feature. (details above)

Sat. Feb. 20 we present Boy and The World, nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Sat. Feb, 27 we present our annual Best Foreign Language Film contender: Mustang.

Bringing about a better understanding of film and its processes is another part of our mission,  As often as possible we like to host live conversations with filmmakers. A current resident of Mississippi, Arin Michael O'Shayne will be presenting his film, Some Will Fall on Sat. Feb. 13. The film will be followed by a Q&A with him.

So, 2016 is underway at the Strand, and we hope you will join us there, tell your friends, and support our efforts.

Daniel W Boone

Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oscar nominee: Cartel Land

Saturday, February 6
7 PM
 2016 Oscar Nominee: Best Documentary
A Film by Matthew Heineman
Executive Produced by Kathryn Bigelow

2015 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Winner: Best Director US Documentary Winner: Special Jury Award for Cinematography
100 MIN / U.S.A / COLOR / 2014 / ENGLISH & SPANISH

With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on t...he region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim "Nailer" Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. From executive producer Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY), CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil. At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Heineman received both the Directing Award and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in the U.S. Documentary competition.

See trailer

Advance Tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
Call 601 529 7252