Wednesday, June 20, 2018

American Animals - true heist story at the Strand

American Animals
Saturday, June 23 at 7 PM

"Hunt this film down if at all possible. It is an absolute gem." - Movieweb.com

SYNOPSIS American Animalsis the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. The film centers around two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky. Spencer (Barry Keoghan), is determined to become an artist but feels he lacks the essential ingredient that unites all great artists –suffering. 

His closest friend, Warren (Evan Peters), has also been raised to believe that his life will be special, and that he will be unique in some way. But as they leave the suburbs for universities in the sametown, the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them and with that, the realization that their lives may in fact never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer's college Library. 

Enlisting two more friends,accounting major Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Although some of the group begin to have second thoughts, they discover that the plan has seemingly taken on a life of its own. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.

Watch the trailer

Read review from Movieweb

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Fistful of Dollars at the Strand (for Fathers Day)

A Fistful of Dollars
Saturday, June 16 at the Strand Theatre
7 PM

Bring your dad, bring your son, bring anybody to see Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, the first Spaghetti Western, and the film which started Clint Eastwood's rise to international stardom.

See Eastwood's "Man with No Name" ride into a corrupt village, and turn two warring gangs of outlaws against one another.

This story was first told by Akira Kurosawa in Yojimbo only three years earlier, but Eastwood, Leone, and composer Ennio Morricone made the material their own. Westerns would never look or sound the same.

Our showing is being sponsored by Mike Gillis of Raintree Pictures. Thanks, Mike.

Watch trailer

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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Desert Bride at the Strand

THE DESERT BRIDE
Strand Theatre
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi


Saturday, June 9 at 7 PM

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world might ultimately prove her salvation.

Watch the trailer:

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cornbread Cosa Nostra: "Organized" Crime - Mississippi Style

Cornbread Cosa Nostra
Saturday, June 2 at 7 PM

Mississippi director, Travis Mills, returns to the Strand with his latest film: Cornbread Cosa Nostra,

 a Mississippi-made movie based on the true events surrounding the Dixie Mafia. Set in the 1980s, it's a crime thriller that follows FBI Agent Kurt Cadell (Britton Webb) and his partner Roy (Marcus Hinton) as they track down the notorious criminal organization.


The director and members of cast and crew will be in attendance for this special showing.

Tickets $10 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
or Online: Cornbreadstrand.brownpapertickets.com

and $15 at the door.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Last Suit - at the Strand: Saturday, May 26 at 7

At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. A standout among these is the iconic Spanish actress Angela Molina, as the proprietor of the Madrid hotel where he stays. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. And in its mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish it is a globe-trotting surprise, a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains and heart.

Saturday, May 26 at 7 PM at the Strand - 717 Clay Street - Downtown Vicksburg
See the trailer:

Tickets: $5 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $7 at the door.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Free Movie - The Big Lebowski

Coming to the Strand
Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM
Free!!!


20 Years? The Dude has been abiding for 20 years? 

Yep.

The Big Lebowski featuring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, John Tuturro, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Sam Elliot all under the direction of the Coen Brothers has, indeed, been with us for 20 years.

There has never been another movie like TBL. Ferrets, White Russians, mistaken identity, nihilists against bowlers; it's not just another movie: it's a way of life, a discipline, a philosophy, a plan. An excuse for a hangover.

Okay if you've seen it before, you know you want to see it big at the Strand. If you've never seen it, well, we will let you in anyway.

The movie is free, the popcorn is free. Martin's at Midtown will be pouring White Russians (reasonably priced). Why would you be anywhere else? 

Come early for a seat.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story at the Strand

Love and Bananas at the Strand
Saturday, April 28 at 7 PM

"You don't need a bull hook to control an elephant. You can guide an elephant with love... And bananas"
- Lek Chailert, Founder of Save Elephant Foundation

Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine's Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.

African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process knows as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.

Watch a special invitation from the director:: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5a2yshzomivmubr/AAD8WYfAAF8_JB2AFRjUrcm5a?dl=0&preview=Love+and+Bananas+-+Vicksburg.mov

$5 Discount Advance Tickerts available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. At the door: $7

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Coming: Keep the Change - a different romantic comedy...

After two weekends with no programs, 
the Strand presents: 
Keep the Change
Saturday, April 21 at 7 PM

When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. 

Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romcom felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

Watch the trailer: 

Discount advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5. At the door: $7.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Friday night Comedy Film Showcase


Vicksburg's first ever
Southern Comedy Showcase
Friday, March 23 at 7PM
So, it seems like we could all use some laughter now. Will Black and his team have put together a program of comedy films to address that need. Vicksburg's first ever Southern Comedy Showcase features 6 shorts. 



THAT SMELL (USA)
Directed by Kyle Lavore
Kyle Lavore's "That Smell" takes you into the ultra-secretive world of book sniffing. Follow Nate (Jay Paranada), as he heeds instruction of the secret practice from an underground leader and learns of the showdow men hell-bent on stopping the movement.
 

EAT JEREMY (UK)
Directed by Sam South
A couple who has found themselves in the early throes of a post apocalyptic world discuss whether or not to eat their dead, best friend Jeremy.

SNOWSTORM ROULETTE (CA)
Directed by Matt Wright
During the biggest snowstorm of 1988, Tom (Mike Fardy) finds himself stranded in a tiny basement apartment with his worst nightmare.

TERRORIST NUMBER FOUR (USA)
Directed by Bentley Brown
In this absurdist tale, the entire Arab population has left the film industry in search of other careers, which leaves other people trying out for terrorist roles.

COUNTRY VILLAGE (USA)
Directed by Carter Tate
Splitting her time between Saturday Night Live and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Director Carter Tate debuts her first short mockumentary which follows Dotsie, a 92 year old with a big personality as she shows you around her lovely new residence: Country Village Retirement Center.

JEFFREY (UK)
Directed by Josh Alward and Jesse Velik
Jeffrey (Jesse Velik) is an exotic dancer who is in it for the art. But with art comes struggle, courage, and cleaning houses between gigs.

Check out the official website of the event to see images, trailers, interviews, etc.

Come see the films, pick your favorite, have dessert with us and discuss afterwards.
Advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $8. At the door: $10.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Live music at the Strand Saturday Night


Saturday, March 17 at 7 PM

OK MISSISSIPPI FOLK AND ROAD DOGS, ONE NIGHT ONLY! Lee H. Abraham, Daniel Boone, Kenny Boone, Quenton Scott "SWEEPY WALKER ", Eric Hamilton ALL ON ONE STAGE TOGETHER!! BOOM!! MIKE DROP!! 

So this is a once in a lifetime meeting of musical characters on the stage of the Strand. 

Expect to hear a bunch of originals by Lee. H and Eric (uncle and nephew).

It will be Saint Patrick's Day, so look, wear any color you want, but be there.

Our bar will be open. Just saying.


All for $10.

Best of Oxford Film Festival coming to the Strand


Sunday, March 18 at 5 PM
OXFORD, MS: The 15th annual Oxford Film Festival finished up in February and will now travel the state to Vicksburg among other cities with some of the highlighted films and Hoka award winners. This years festival featured over 200 films.

After another successful festival with many great films, we are happy to announce that the show isnt over yet, Executive Director Melanie Addington said. If you were unable to attend the festival this year, then dont miss out on these key dates in March that are set to feature some of the winning and unique Mississippi films. We are so excited to be working with our venue partners including the second year with The Strand Theatre in Vicksburg.



Films screening in Vicksburg are:

Hoka winner Manna by King Woman and directed by Vincent Jude Chaney. Led by the hypnotic and breathy vocal dramatics of Kristina Esfandiari, the Hoka winning music video unveils the profoundly crafted opus of brooding, ethereal doom-rock.

Hoka Winner for Fest Forward, Mark C. Smiths, Two Balloons, animates two travelers return to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.

Highlighted Mississippi feature, Mississippi Madam, is Timothy Givens and Mark K. Brockways feature film, which chronicles the life of Nellie Jackson, an African-American woman born into poverty in Possum Corner, Miss., who travels north to Natchez in 1902 and opens a brothel she ran for more than 60 years with full knowledge of police and Natchez officials until a fiery end one hot July night in 1990.
Tickets: $5 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or online / $7 at the door


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oscar nominee at Strand Sat. March 3

The Insult
Saturday, March 3 at 7 PM
Here's your chance to see an Oscar nominee the night before the awards are given out.

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee in court.

See the trailer: https://youtu.be/QEQDZL6bAXo

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Surprise Guest at the Strand Last Night

We screened the 2018 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts last night. They were a powerful and moving batch of films (with the exeption of the hilarious Australian comedy: 11 O'clock).

When they ended, the crowd streamed out of the auditorium trading opinions about what they had seen. I overheard a group discussing the first film, DeKalb Elementary. Someone was saying that things would not have happened the way they did in the film, which was about an encounter between a potential school shooter and the receptionist at the school. About that time, someone came from the auditorium to tell me that the actress who played the heroic receptionist was there at the Strand. "What, really?"

Really. Mississippi actress, Tarra  Riggs, the star of DeKalb Elementary, had heard the Strand was the only theater in the region screening the films, so she came over to see it on the big screen.

She might have been hoping to sneak in, see the films, and sneak out, but instead she came out to the lobby for an "up close and personal" talk with those who hadn't left yet. She graciously answered all their questions about the film and more. And, yes, the incidents in the film did go down pretty much as the film depicts. Tarra has been in a number of Mississippi related films (including The Help which screened in Jackson at the Museum Friday night.). We're hoping to have her back at the Strand for a screening of one of her other projects.

So, look, don't miss our films, and don't hurry out when they end. Stick around to talk about them. You never know who will emerge from the dark theater.








Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oscar Nominated Short films at the Strand Sat. and Sun.

Ever since we started showing films at the Strtand, I have wanted to present the Oscar nominated shorts, and this year we have them! See these programs and be guaranteed to see an Oscar winning film.

On Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM we have the Live Action shorts.

Read this review from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/2018-oscar-nominated-short-films-live-action-1082878

And the nominees are...

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM NOMINEES

DeKalb Elementary
Director: Reed Van Dyk
Synopsis: Steven, a mentally unstable twenty something, enters an elementary school with a semi-automatic rifle. After he orders the school receptionist, Cassandra, to have the building evacuated, he holds her hostage and instructs her to call 911. With Cassandra as his go-between, Steven tries to navigate the troubled waters he has entered.
Country of Origin: United States
TRT: 21
Language: English

The Eleven O’Clock
Director: Derin Seale and Josh Lawson
Synopsis: A psychiatrist earnestly tries to help his delusional patient, but his efforts are complicated by the fact that the patient believes himself to be the doctor. With each trying to out-analyze the other, their session spirals out of control.
Country of Origin: Australia
TRT: 13
Language: English

My Nephew Emmett
Director: Kevin Wilson Jr.
Synopsis: In 1955, two white men invade the home of Mose Wright, an African-American preacher in Mississippi, to abduct his 14-year-old nephew, Emmett Till, who is visiting from Chicago. Emmett has been accused of whistling at a white woman, and Mose knows that his fate will be sealed if the men succeed in taking him.
Country of Origin: United States
TRT: 20
Language: English

The Silent Child
Director: Chris Overton and Rachel Senton
Synopsis: Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old, is the youngest child in a family who are all hearing. Unable to communicate but about to start school, Libby is assigned a social worker who teaches her sign language. Libby’s skeptical parents are reluctant to be involved, however, and pose a potential block to Libby’s education.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
TRT: 20
Language: English, British Sign Language

Watu Wote/All of Us
Director: Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen
Synopsis: Jua, a Christian living in Kenya, boards a chartered bus to visit a relative and is uncomfortable being surrounded by Muslim passengers. The bus is stopped by the violent terrorist group Al-Shabaab, whose members demand that the Muslims identify the Christian passengers.
Country of Origin: Germany, Kenya
TRT: 22
Language: Swahili, Somali.

Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $5

Trailer and more information coming soon.

At the door: $7



And on Sunday, February 25 at 5 PM we present the
ANIMATED SHORT FILM NOMINEES 


R
ead New York Times Review: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/movies/oscar-nominated-shorts-review-animated.html

Dear Basketball
Director: Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant
Synopsis: On the eve of his retirement from basketball, NBA legend Kobe Bryant describes his love for the game, which began when he was a young child. From his youthful dreams of glory to his 20-year career, Bryant describes how he and basketball have given each other all they have. His inspiring poem, DEAR BASKETBALL is stunningly drawn to life by veteran animation director Glen Keane and set to the music of legendary composer John Williams.
Country of Origin: United States
TRT: 6
Language: English

Garden Party
Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon
Synopsis: A luxurious villa and its grounds have become home to amorous, hungry and accident-prone frogs and toads. While they enjoy the bounties on offer, including caviar and macaroons, the amphibians uncover the whereabouts of the villa’s owner.
Country of Origin: France
TRT: 7
Language: French

Lou
Director: Dave Mullins and Dana Murray
Synopsis: Lou, the guardian of the lost and found box at an elementary school, tries to teach young bully J.J. that giving to the other kids will make him feel better than stealing from them.
Country of Origin: United States
TRT: 7
Language: English

Negative Space
Director: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Synopsis: Even though Sam’s father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.
Country of Origin: France
TRT: 5
Language: English

Revolting Rhymes
Director: Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh
Synopsis: The Wolf from the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the true and twisted story of his adventures and those of other characters in his world, including Snow White, Cinderella and Jack, the climber of beanstalks. The film is based on the much-loved rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
TRT: 29
Language: English

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5

At the door: $7.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Live Theater at the Strand - The Cocktail Hour

For the first production of our tenth year the Westside Theater Foundation presents A. R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour at the Strand Theter in downtown Vicksburg.

The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed "inferiors." But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized by an alien future, the ties which bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.


Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. "THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far." —The New Yorker. "It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney's family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness." —NY Post. "The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own." —Drama-Logue. "…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears." —NY Daily News.

Advance tickets are available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse for $10. Tickets at the door: $15.


At this time of the year, attendees would be well advised to dress warmly at the Strand...


Friday, January 12
Saturday, January 13
Friday, January 19
Saturday, January 20

All performances at 7:30 PM