Thursday, July 18, 2019

Meet the film makers & see their new film: Phoenix Oregon Sunday

Phoenix Oregon
Sunday, July 21 at 6 PM
The makers of Phoenix, Oregon have set out on a national tour in two very colorful RVs. Come meet them at this special screening of a new people pleasing American Independent film.



Defying the haze of midlife, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore a bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”

Divorced bartender Bobby Hoffman (James LeGros), living alone in the Airstream trailer inherited from his late mother, has drifted into a sleepy eddy. Life passing him by and struggling to complete his graphic-novel opus, Bobby comes to believe his life is doomed – just a meaningless simulation written by some alien civilization. On Bobby’s birthday, when his old high school buddy Carlos (Jesse Borrego) tries to shake him awake with a bold new business venture, shadows rear up from the past and threaten to crush him.

Does positive thinking still work at mid-life? Can teamwork and friendship improve the odds for success of “the stupidest idea ever”? Irresistible Tanya (Lisa Edelstein) stirs Bobby’s bravery until his passion and dreams begin to breathe again. Enthusiastic Carlos (“you aren’t visualizing it!”) and his spirited, entrepreneurial family will not give up. Finally, when Bobby’s comically awful boss, Kyle, (Diedrich Bader) has shrunk his piece of the pie to crust, playing it safe just doesn’t feel safe anymore.

The road out of hiding and becoming a business owner, though at times exhilarating, isn’t easy. Snarky bowling rival, Al, (Kevin Corrigan) pins him around every corner, while slick venture capitalist, Mario, (Reynaldo Gallegos), captures Tanya’s eye and hopelessly intimidates Bobby with his worldly charm. When trouble and setbacks rear up, Bobby must decide whether he owns his life, or is merely a chump for his comic book aliens’ entertainment. Finally, it’s his choice.

The film takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at mid-life. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads stumble out of hibernation with courage and resilience, called to what may be their last chance to resurrect heartfelt dreams.

Tickets are $10 at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or at the door

Watch the trailer:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lee H., Eric, Sweepy and the Boone Brothers at the Strand Saturday

Sometimes a once-in-a-lifetime event happens again. (or to put it another way: sometimes the perpetrators return to the scene of the crime.)

So, on Saturday, July 11 at 7 PM, once again, Lee H. Abraham is joined by his nephew,  Eric Hamilton, along with Eric's Nashville running buddy: Sweepy Walker. Vicksburg's own Boone Brothers will be tying it all together.

Join us for an evening of singer-songwriters / musicians performing their originals and considered covers.

Fun was had by all last year, and it's entirely possible, fun will be had again this year. So come to this high wire act. There is no net.

Advance tickets are $10 per person; available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse. And at the door.
Or get them online: 
 Our bar will be open. Just saying.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Egyptian Road Movie - Yomeddine at the Strand

Yomeddine
Saturday, July 13 at 7 PM

Beshay – a man cured of leprosy – has never left the leper colony in the Egyptian desert where he has lived since childhood. Following the death of his wife, he finally decides to go in search of his roots. With his meagre possessions strapped to a donkey cart, he sets out. Quickly joined by Obama, the Nubian orphan he has taken under his wing, Beshay will cross Egypt and confront the world with all its sorrows, its hardships and moments of grace, in his quest for a family, a place to belong, a little humanity…

Watch the trailer:

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road side 1 at the Strand

Deconstructing the Beatles
Abbey Road (side1)
Saturday, July 6 at 7 PM
The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite.

Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created.

In Deconstructing Abbey Road, Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.

90 Mins | Not Rated

View the trailer.
$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse
At the door: $8

Appomatox The Last 48 Hours - live onstage at the Strand

Appomatox the last 48 hours
Wednesday, July 3 at 7 PM
A live performance on the stage at the Strand Theatre starring Curt Fields as General Ulysses S. Grant & Thomas Jessee as General Robert E. Lee.

This presentation is an examination of the written communications between the generals from April 7th - April 9th, 1865. Learn what was happening in both armies during this exchange, and what both men were thinking at the end of the American Civil War. This performance is presented with awareness and reverence for the soldiers of both armies.

This show brought to you by the Baer House Inn and the Strand Theatre.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Highway 61 Coffeehouse in downtown Vicksburg or online at LeeGrantStrand.brownpapertickets.com

Monday, June 24, 2019

Echo in the Canyon (Sixties California music Doc.) coming to the Strand Saturday, June 29


Echo in the Canyon
Strand Theatre
Saturday, June 29 at 7 PM

Jakob Dylan asks the questions and David Crosby, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and more tell the story of the music scene in and around Laurel Canyon in the mid sixties. Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of that place and time as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music.

Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the Laurel Canyon scene via never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Michelle Phillips (Mamas & the Papas), Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield), David Crosby (The Byrds), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) their contemporaries Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and slightly younger followers Jackson Browne and Tom Petty (in his last film interview) as well as contemporary musicians influenced by their music such as Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.

Watch the trailer:

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Strand will be dark the weekend of June 14 - 16. No programs.

Storm Boy comes to the Strand June 22

Storm Boy
Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM

A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele’s classic Australian tale.
‘Storm Boy’ has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can’t explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his granddaughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives.
Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.
$6 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse...
At the door: $8

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Apollo 11 - fantastic documentary lands at the Strand









Apollo 11
Strand Theatre
Saturday, June 8 at 7 PM

Almost 50 years after the fact, Apollo 11 is landing at the Strand in
downtown Vicksburg

From director Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13) comes a cinematic event
fifty years in the making. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm
footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings,
Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated
mission-the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the
perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

One of the unexpected but welcome things "Apollo 11" accomplishes is
restoring a sense of how insanely complex the lunar mission was, and how audacious. - Kennrth Turan / Los Angeles Times

Apollo 11" isn't like other documentaries about the first moon mission. In
fact it isn't like most other movies, period. It's magnificent and unique, an
adrenaline shot of wonder and skill. RogerEbert.com

...generates and maintains suspense. And it rekindles a crazy sense of
wonder...- Glenn Kenny / New York Times

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Nureyev at the Strand Saturday, June 1

Saturday, June 1 at 7 PM 
Nureyev 

This striking documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world.

The film features never-before-seen footage and contextualizes not just the man,but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. A quarter of a century after Nureyev’sdeath, his story has never been more relevant: his defection to the West is symbolic as Russia and the West struggle once more to reconcile conflicting values; as we obsess over celebrity, Nureyev’s status as a global icon in an age before social media is doubly significant; as the Russian government’s attitude towards homosexuality is seen as medieval in its archaism, Nureyev’s unapologetic openness about his sexuality over half a century ago can be seen for the act of trailblazing bravery it truly was; and finally, having left a legacy in the dance world stemming from Mikhail Baryshnikov to the current era of Marcelo Gomes, Carlos Acosta and Sergei Polunin, it is telling that Nureyev is still widely considered the finest male ballet dancer ever to grace the stage.

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

Watch the trailer:  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Joyful Vampire Tour of America arrives at the Strand Friday, May 31

Bite Me / Joyful Vampire Tour of America
Friday, May 31 at 7 PM
The Joyful Vampire Tour of America is coming to downtown Vicksburg bringing capes, cocktails, and a film...(plus a docu-series)


(Naomi McDougall Jones as Sarah)

What is the JVTA?

The filmmakers of Bite Me are renting an RV and taking Bite Me on the road - a 3-month Joyful Vampire Tour of America from May 8 - July 31, spreading the wild, raucous joy of this film and its characters.

Join writer, producer and actress Naomi McDougall Jones and friends for a special screening of Bite Me - a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her. Bite Me is a unique, while universally relatable story about outsiders fighting to be seen.


(Christian Coulson as James)

After the screening at the Strand there will be a Q&A followed by a Joyful Vampire Ball.

WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, WHAT IS A JOYFUL VAMPIRE BALL? AND WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO WEAR?

A Joyful Vampire Ball is a chance to meet the filmmakers and team behind Bite Me, celebrate, laugh, and chat with your fellow audience members, but, most importantly, Joyful Vampire Balls are a chance for each and every person to celebrate whatever makes them feel most joyful.

Everyone is invited to wear a special outfit to their screening/vampire ball - it can be a vampire costume, of course, but it could also be a tiara, wings, a Viking dress, a Christmas sweater - really anything that makes you feel fabulous and joyful. That thing that you love but have thought, "but when the heck am I ever going to wear this?" Wear that. Now.

Part-party, part-event, part celebration, each Vampire Ball is a space where everyone is welcome, nobody is judged, and every uniqueness, large and small, is given room to be expressed. Come wearing whatever you like and get ready for the most joyful night you'll have all month!

For more information, watch here:

 or visit the official site:

 Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kiwi Callahan is making a behind-the-tour docu-series so that global audiences can follow along on YouTube and experience the joy. (and see what the heck a Vampire Ball is all about)


Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:



Naomi and the gang are coming all the way to Vicksburg, so come out of the shadows, and on down to the Strand and be a part of the tour. Wear your cape. Or, you know, whatever. (You could end up featured in the docu-series.)

Tickets are $12 in advance at Highway 61 Coffeehouse or $15 online


Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $12

At the door: $15

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Goonies at the Strand



The Goonies 
Saturday, May 11 at 7 PM

"Hey, you guys..." a classic comes to the Strand...The Goonies from 1985

A group of teenagers finds a map leading to a hidden treasure. They must overcome booby traps, natural obstructions, and a gang of desperate thieves in their race for the loot.

“First, you gotta do the truffle shuffle.”

"You boys like tongue?"

“I’m gonna hit you so hard when you wake up your clothes are gonna be out of style!”

"In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog..."

“Mikey! Come here and make me feel like a woman.”

"Always separate the drugs.”

“Goonies never say die!”


Starring: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Cory Feldman, Martha Plimpton, Joe Pantoliano, etc...

See the trailer:

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Live onstage

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Live on the stage of the Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg, this groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash which also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story... Hedwig describes her life's search for "The Origin of Love" and her other half. It's a rocking ride, funny, touching, and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

All performances at 7:30 PM

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4

$15 Advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A foodie's delight: Ramen Shop

Ramen Shop 
Saturday, April 20 at 7 PM

Food can comfort us, and connect us to memories of family.

RAMEN SHOP: a new film (Singapore/Japan/Cooking/Romance)

A young man who is curious about his deceased parents' past takes a food journey to Singapore where he uncovers more than just delicious meals. Takumi Saito plays a young Japanese chef looking for his roots in Singapore and pop star Seiko Matsuda is his food muse in Eric Khoo's reunion drama.

"One can imagine the tingle of spices on the tongue." – Maggie Lee, Variety

"A tear-stained tale of broken families and healing recipes."
– Allan Hunter, Screen International

"What better way to bring nations together than over a steaming plate of delicious chow?" – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Watch the trailer:

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Best Picture Oscar Winner: Green Book at the Strand


 Green Book
Saturday, April 6 at 7 PM

 Green Book is the year's Best Picture Oscar winner: (with Viggo Mortensen in his Oscar nominated role and Mahershala Ali in his Oscar winning role)

Based on the true story of pianist Don Shirley and his new driver as they tour the South.

See the trailer:

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Free Solo - Oscar winner at the Strand

Free Solo
Saturday, March 30
at 7 PM

Free Solo - Oscar winner: Best Documentary
(Screening sponsored by NOLO Consulting)

From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock ... the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park ... without a rope.

Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.

"Alex Honnold’s Free Solo climb should be celebrated as one of the great athletic feats of any kind, ever." - The New York Times

Watch the trailer:

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Son of a Gun with cast & crew (followed by a secret late movie)

Son of a Gun
w/ Cast & Crew
Saturday, March 23 
at 7 PM

Come to the Vicksburg premiere of Son of a Gun, filmed in Port Gibson and Vicksburg. It's a feature-length narrative film about the legend of the "minie ball pregnancy" from the Civil War. A doctor in Vicksburg named Legrand Capers told a wild tale eleven years after the war of a bullet that miraculously impregnated a Southern Belle. The film explores this myth in three separate stories.

Travis Mills - Filmmaker, the director, will be in attendance along with members of the cast and crew.


Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $10 or online at Brown Paper Tickets

At the door: $15

...and you could stay afterwards for our
first Secret Movie:

Nicholas Cage in
Mandy
Saturday, March 23 
at 10 PM


Why would we have a secret movie? Well, sometimes a movie might be too extreme for some people, so we decided that just because a movie isn't for everybody doesn't mean it doesn't have an audence. So, we hope to give edgier films a place (the Strand) and a time (ten o'clock) for those who want to experience them.

If you have followed the career of Nicholas cage, you likely cannot be shocked or surprised at what he gets up to in Mandy, an instant cult film from 2018.

The quiet life of devoted couple Red (Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough, Birdman) takes a dark and bizarre turn when a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader (Linus Roache, "Vikings") seek to possess Mandy...body and soul. A shocking assault on the innocent pair leads to a spiraling, surreal, bloody rampage of all out, mind-altering vengeance. "Certainly not for the faint of heart" (The Hollywood Reporter), Mandy is "a primal, psychedelic rage-scream of a movie" (Slash Film).

So, a horror film, an action movie, a revenge thriller. You have been warned.

Director: Panos Cosmatos
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Bill Duke, Richard Brake

watch the trailer: 

$6 advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Jimi Hendrix last great performance at the Strand

Saturday, March 16 at 7 PM 
Jimi Hendrix Electric Church 



Some people are bigger than the instrument they’re playing. In 1970, there
was nobody bigger than Jimi Hendrix. Be a part of the theatrical music event
of the year when JIMI HENDRIX: ELECTRIC CHURCH screens at the
Strand Theatre in downtown Vicksburg.

This critically acclaimed film combines color, 16mm multi-camera footage
of Hendrix unforgettable July 4, 1970 concert in its original performance
sequence together with a new documentary that traces his journey to the
festival amidst the dark shadow of civil rights unrest, the relenting toll of the
Vietnam War and a burgeoning festival culture that drew together young
people across the country who were inspired by the Woodstock festival.

Witness Hendrix integral role in drawing nearly 500,000 people to his
Electric Church – a dusty scorching hot pecan orchard in Byron, Georgia
some 100 miles south of Atlanta. Together with Experience drummer Mitch
Mitchell and drummer Billy Cox, Jimi skillfully blended favorites such as
“Purple Haze,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Voodoo Chile (Slight
Return)” with confident renditions of new songs such as “Freedom” and
“Straight Ahead” that had not yet been released on album. As a colorful
fireworks display stretched overhead across the night sky, Jimi performed
the “Star Spangled Banner” to the wild delight of the massive audience. The
performance footage of the Experience has been carefully restored from the
original negative in high definition. The audio soundtrack includes stereo
and 5.1 surround mixes by Eddie Kramer directly from the original master
tapes.

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

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Cat Video Fest - Saturday, March 9 at the Strand to benefit Paws Rescue

The Strand presents:
Cat Video Fest 2019 
Saturday, March 9 
at 7 PM
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area. CatVideoFest 2019 at the Strand Theatre will benefit Paws Rescue to help with their work. Paws Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue located in Vicksburg, Mississippi since 2004.

CatVideoFest is committed to raising awareness and money for cats in need around the world. A percentage of the proceeds from each event go to local animal shelters and/or animal welfare organizations.

By focusing our fundraising efforts on behalf of local shelters and organizations, we're able to divert money and attention directly to the places and causes that need it most. For example, in some communities the feral cat population is the most pressing concern, whereas in another location, spaying and neutering takes precedent. We trust local people working on behalf of cats to know and understand the problems that need to be solved.

The 70-minute-reel of cat videos is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by anyone.

And the popcorn is free...

See the trailer: 

Cat Video Fest tickets are $10. Available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and at the door on the day.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At the Strand - Friday night: Live Music



Lee H. & the 
Boone Brothers
Friday, March 8
at 7 PM

So, you know how rare this is. Lee, Kenny and Daniel will be on the stage at the Strand playing their original tunes and some of their favorite covers. It won't be too loud, but you can get up and dance. Or just sit and listen. There's a cash bar. Come on down. 

Admission: $10


Friday, March 1, 2019

Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh at the Strand

At Eternity's Gate
Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM

For his portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate,” Willem Dafoe received his fourth Oscar nomination and his first in the lead actor category.

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award® Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/T77PDm3e1iE

$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door...

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