Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ella Fitzgerald, Just One of Those Things, virtual movie (plus free Q&A)

Available starting June 26:
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

From our virtual cinema collection: Ella: Just One of Those Things about the great vocalist Ella Fitzgerald.

Ella Fitzgerald was a 15 year-old street kid when she won a talent contest in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Within months she was a star. “Ella: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.

The film uses never-before-seen images and unheard interviews to bring Ella Fitzgerald to life and to tell the story of her music.-a black woman who makes her career in the face of horrifying racism.

Here is an Ella the world never knew –tough, thoughtful, funny, a dazzling musical innovator.The film also uncovers Ella’s commitment to the battle for Civil Rights; and it explores the conflicts that always haunted this intensely private woman: the struggle to reconcile her hunger for adoring audiences with her longing for a domestic life with her husband and son. At a time when she was the biggest singing star in the world, her pianist and friend Oscar Peterson said Ella was “the loneliest woman in the world”. But as Jamie Cullum says “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet"

Featuring interviews with: Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Cleo Laine, Andre Previn, Norma Miller, Patti Austin, Izsak Perlman, Margo Jefferson, Will Friedwald and a rare interview with Ella’s son, Ray Brown Jr.

Watch the film at home, benefit the Strand

Here's the trailer:

Starting June 26 click for live link to see the film:

Plus a bonus Q&A about the film:
Sunday, June 28, at 7pm ET/4pm PT ). 

Producer Reggie Nadelon and author/music critic Will Friedwald will now be joined by author Margo Jefferson and singer Camille Thurman.

Margo Jefferson is distinguished culture critic and author of the acclaimed book Negroland

Camille Thurman, a singer and saxophone player, is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.






Thursday, June 11, 2020

Picture a Scientist - new film about women in science from the virtual Strand (plus a Q&A)

Watch at home: support the Strand
Picture a Scientist
watch starting June 12
A new film to watch at home while supporting the present and future of the Strand Theatre. Should strike a chord here in Vicksburg where we have and have had so many women scientists. The film is an eye opening examination of the difficult journeys made by so many and the hard won progress that has been made.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. From cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we also encounter scientific luminaries who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

Check out the trailer:

Click here starting June 12 for a link to the film...

And... 
Virtual Q&A:

A Q&A will take place 8-9 pm eastern time on June 17, with our three star scientists, two directors, and moderator Molly Webster of Radiolab. Viewers will be able to use the YouTube live chat feed to submit questions once the event begins.



Friday, June 5, 2020

Plimpton! New film about the man who did it all.

New Film:
Plimpton!
starting Friday, June 5
Laemmle / Zeller Films Presents
A New York Times Critic's Pick
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself
A Film by Tom Bean and Luke Poling

One of the great adventurers of the 20th Century, George Plimpton embarked on a lifelong journey akin to fictional characters such as Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones.  He hung out with U.S. Presidents, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, forced Willie Mays to pop out in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, was named the "Most Eligible Bachelor in Manhattan" by Esquire Magazine, played goalie for the Boston Bruins, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty and Matt Damon. Some of these things he did well. Some he didn't.  But they were always amusing and inspiring.  

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Do you like Mexican food? We have a new film for you.


Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy
starting Friday, May 22
Do you like Mexican food?

The Strand has a movie for you to watch at home.,, and support the Strand at the same time.

Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy is an intimate, candid perspective into the curious world of cookbook author and British ex-pat Diana Kennedy -widely regarded as the world's expert on Mexican cuisine.

At five feet tall and 97 years old, Diana is larger than life: a foul-mouthed fireball far more feisty and energetic than her age and petite frame let on. Author of nine Mexican cookbooks, she has spent over 60 years researching and documenting the regional cuisines of Mexico. Kennedy has lived 'off-the-grid' on an eight-acre ranch outside Zitácuaro, Michoacán since the 1970's: composting, growing her own crops, and using solar power to run her home. Aware of her own mortality, she is working tirelessly to solidify the legacy of her life's efforts, with the hope of turning her home into a foundation for culinary education in Mexico.A two-time James Beard Award winner, Diana was decorated with an Order of the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican government and became a Member of the Order of the British Empire from the UK in 2002. Despite her notable achievements, Diana is difficult to categorize. Often referred to as the "Julia Child of Mexico," but Diana prefers a different title: "The Mick Jagger of Mexican Cuisine.

Diana Kennedy:Nothing Fancy explores Diana's vibrant, unconventional life, blending vérité with archival footage, photographs and interviews. Viewers accompany her in intimate settings at home -cooking, gardening, and traveling to accept awards and speak to audiences. The film features interviews with notable chefs and friends including Alice Waters, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, and Gabriela Cámara, along with footage from Diana's TLC cooking show, "The Art of Mexican Cooking." Whether she is instructing chefs at her infamous "Boot Camp" cooking school, blazing her truck over the cobblestone roads of Zitácuaro or sunbathing with a scotch on her balcony, Diana is captivatingly bold, spirited, and unapologetically herself.

And to enhance your enjoyment of the film: Foodies take note. To celebrate the May 22 virtual cinema release of DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY about the James Beard-winning master of Mexican cuisine, a virtual Q&A will take place with director Elizabeth Carroll, chef Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), chef Gabriela Cámara (Contramara & Cala), and The New York Times food writer David Tanis.
Saturday, May 23 @ 8pm ET/5pm PT 

The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand
Back in March I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72 hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also a cable which connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

 Click here to get more info and to purchase screenings of all our
Virtual Strand Films

Thursday, May 14, 2020

New choices: New Orleans Music and French Short Films from the Virtual Strand this weekend...

2 new films for the Virtual Strand 
New Orleans Music  
& French Short Films
starting Friday, May 15


first we have
Up from the Streets:  
New Orleans, City of Music

If you missed this year's Jazzfest or would just like to know more about New Orleans music, here's another great film to enjoy at home wherever that may be while supporting the Strand in Vicksburg.
It even features Vicksburg's own Bill Ferris giving insights about the city's greats.
Four-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard serves as executive producer, music director and host for the film.The film features personal reflections from New Orleans' most impactful musicians including, but not limited to, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Mannie Fresh, Dr. Michael White, and commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances by iconic artists such as Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers.
Special LIVE Q&A via ZOOM with Terence Blanchard and director Michael Murphy at 7pm ET on Saturday, May 16.
For every ticket sold, $2 will be donated to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation COVID-19 relief fund for musicians.


Coming to the virtual Strand on May 15. 

and for something completely different:
New French Shorts  

An annual presentation of the best of recent short films from France selected by UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for their Young French Cinema program

A single feature-length program of seven delightful, funny,  charming, provocative festival favorite Gallic shorts, perfect to watch at home and benefit the Strand...


BAHMED'S SONG (Le chant d'Ahmed) 30 min 
Director: Foued Mansour 
Winner of Bridging the Borders Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019

SHEEP, WOLF, AND A CUP OF TEA (Moutons, loup et tasse de thé) 12min 
Director: Marion Lacourt 
Official selection: 2019 Locarno Film Festival

TUESDAY FROM 8 TO 6 (Mardi de 8 à 18) 26 min 
Director: Cecilia de Arce 
Official selection: 2019 Cannes Critics Week

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (La distance entre nous et le ciel) 9 min 
Director: Vasilis Kekatos 
Winner of Short Film Palme d'Or and Queer Palme at Cannes 2019

THE TEARS THING, (Le coup des larmes) 25 min 
Director: Clémence Poésy 
Official selection: 2019 Venice Film Festival

MAGNETIC HARVEST, (La traction de pôles) 24 min 
Director: Marine Levéel
TOTAL : 126 min

Plus special bonus short:
THE GLORIOUS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF NICOLAS CHAUVIN (Le discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin) 26 min 
Director: Benjamin Crotty 
Official selection: 2018 New York Film Festival | Winner of Mantarraya Award
The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand
Back in March I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72 hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also a cable which connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

 Click here to get more info and to purchase screenings of all our
Virtual Strand Films
Thanks for all your support...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Short films: Kid Flicks from the virtual Strand

Kid Flicks
great shorts from 
New York International Children's 
Film Festival
2 programs from New York International Children's Film Festival -
Kid Flicks 2019

Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. With these hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children's Film Festival's short films, you can bring some artful, inspired storytelling and hilarity to your home screen. Two short film programs are available, Kid Flicks One recommended for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+. Have a great film experience with your kids, with plenty of ideas and themes to talk about long after the screening is done (and you'll have 48 hours to rewatch as much as you'd like!).

These films are not just for kids.
Watch the trailer:

NYICFF Kid Flicks One - Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 3+)
56 mins, In English, or with no dialogue

The New York International Children's Film Festival brings you a great opportunity to share the art of film with kids, with this program filled with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation.

If you've ever been the youngest of the group, you'll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.

With films from 10 countries, these shorts are sure to delight and inspire.

NYICFF Kid Flicks Two - Catch the best short films from around the world! (Ages 8+)
72 mins, In English or with English subtitles

These short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival show that playfulness, big ideas, and feelings small and large are all just fine! With these great films for slightly older kids, you'll have plenty of inspiration to continue the conversation with your kids long after the screening is done.

Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you're curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

For great films for kids ready to grow in experiences and ideas, NYICFF's Kid Flicks Two is just the ticket!

Here's more info

Coming to the virtual Strand starting May 8. Click this link:

You watch our virtual film offerings in your home on your own schedule. The Strand splits the "ticket" price with the distributor. To see good films and support the future of the Strand at the same time click this link starting Friday, May 8
Starting May 8, click for a live link to stream Kid Flicks

The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand
Just a few weeks ago I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can stream at home. Typically these films are available for a week or two or three, and once rented can be watched over a 72 hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also a cable which connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

 Click here to get more info and to purchase a screening of Kid Flicks
and see links for our other Virtual Strand films.
Thanks for all your support...

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Crescendo - our latest from the virtual Strand to watch at home

Crescendo, Our latest offering to watch at home from the "virtual Strand"* is about conflict and the power of music.

When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony, rising to a tense and emotional finale.

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists - the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron - they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are...

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi ("Alexander Penn", "Everything for my Father") directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing 'crescendo', rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek ("Toni Erdmann") stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy ("Victoria") and Sabrina Amali ("4 Blocks"). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.

see the trailer:

You watch our virtual film offerings from your home on your own schedule. The Strand splits the "ticket" price with the distributor. To see a good film and support the future of the Strand at the same time click this link starting Friday, May 1
Starting May 1, click for a live link to the film:

The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand
Just a few weeks ago I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can watch at home. Typically these films are available for a week or two or three, and once purchased can be watched over a 72 hour period. The easiest way to watch them is on a computer, or tablet, or phone, but they can usually be cast to your TV using Airplay or ChromeCast or something similar. Also a cable which connects your device to your TV by HDMI can be used.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand gets to split the ticket price.

Click here to get more info and to purchase a screening of Crescendo
and see links for our other Virtual Strand films.
Thanks for all your support...

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Booksellers and The Etruscan Smile new to stream from the virtual Strand

Starting Friday, April 17 we're adding two new titles to our selection of films you can watch at home to benefit the Strand.

First: STRAND VICKSBURG presents

THE ETRUSCAN SMILE
Based on the bestselling novel by José Luis Sampedro, THE ETRUSCAN SMILE stars Brian Cox (HBO’s Succession) as Rory MacNeil, a rugged Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. Moving in with his estranged son, Rory’s life will be transformed, when he least expects it, through the redemptive power of love.

“The film has energy and spirit, thanks to Cox’s bright, charming performance.”
–Rex Reed, Observer

“Cox is a wonder to watch, and seeing him in this gentle, vulnerable role is a treat.”
–Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

STARRING: BRIAN COX, ROSANNA ARQUETTE, JJ FEILD, THORA BIRCH
PRODUCED BY ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER ARTHUR COHN
DIRECTED BY MIHAL BREZIS & ODED BINNUN
A LIGHTYEAR ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE

Starting April 17, click for a live link to watch the film:


And:

THE BOOKSELLERS


Another film for you to watch at home. The Strand receives about half of the proceeds.

D.W. Young’s elegant and absorbing documentary is a lively tour of New York’s book world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers, past and present: from the Park Avenue Armory’s annual Antiquarian Book Fair, where original editions can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars; to the Strand and Argosy bookstores, still standing against all odds; to the beautifully crammed apartments of collectors and buyers. The film, executive produced by Parker Posey, features a range of commentators, including Fran Lebowitz, Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, and a community of dedicated book dealers and collectors who strongly believe in the wonder of the object and what it holds within.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Virtual Strand Film Links

In response to these remarkable times with theaters closed our distributors are offering us films to let you watch in the safety of your own home to benefit the Strand. These are films we would have considered bringing to our funky little theater, but it's pretty quiet over there right now. We miss you and hope you will find something of interest in this selection which so far includes shorts, Kid's films, documentaries, thrillers, dramas, foreign language films, cat videos... it's just like the Strand, but without the free popcorn.

As each film becomes available, we will add a live link so you can find more information and links to purchase film rentals.

Balloon: Active now
CatVideoFest: Active Now
The Booksellers: Active Now
Crescendo: Active Now  (Read more about Crescendo) 
New French Shorts 2020: Active Now

Diana Kennedy Nothing Fancy: Active Now
Plimpton!
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Cat Videos! The Creature Comforts Edition in the "virtual Strand"

The World Is Stuck Inside Staring Out. 

We're Here to Cheer You Up. 



The Virtual Strand* and O-scope Presents...
BEST OF CATVIDEOFEST: 
CREATURE COMFORTS EDITION!

You asked for it, so we delivered! For the first time ever, CatVideoFest is available to screen virtually outside of theaters (as in right in your home)! Long time CatVideoFest curator extraordinaire, Will Braden, has crafted a 40-min "treat" of a reel that includes the very best videos from CVF's illustrious history. Oscilloscope is rolling it out to virtual cinemas all across the country (including the virtual Strand) beginning next Friday, April 10! 


The Fine Print: Since the "Best of CatVideoFest" isn't feature-length, it is not being offered at a standard ticket price. Instead, it's a "Pay What You Want" model, which allows you to rent the film to stream right in your home for as a little as $.99 or as much as you want. We understand many will pay the bare minimum, however we want to remind you that this is a special event to support the Strand in a time of great need.


Click to purchase CatVideoFest


*All films at the "virtual Strand" are streamed at home, but a portion of your rental fee goes to support the future of the Strand. Thank you for your support.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Balloon: a new film from the (Virtual Strand)

 We have a new film coming from the "Virtual Strand" starting this Friday, April 10. These films are not available to see on other streaming platforms, and half of your rental cost goes to support our efforts and future at the Strand.



Balloon (Ballon)

Thriller, Historical – Germany – 2019 – 125′
In German with English Subtitles

Synopsis

A thriller-like true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th Century.
With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

Support your local theater with Virtual Cinema

After a very successful award-winning festival run, BALLOON opened on March 13th in Los Angeles at the Laemmle, a few days before the theaters were closed.   Distrib Films is now offering the possibility to watch the film while supporting your favorite local movie theater. Please share this information with your friends and family around the country, as tickets can be purchased by all in the participating theaters.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Strand Goes virtual with The Whistlers this weekend (Held over another week!)

Magnolia Pictures and the (virtual) Strand present
The Whistlers
 
 "A funhouse of cinematic mirrors. 'The Whistlers' makes reading subtitles not just vital, but fun." - Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

"If the Coen Brothers were Romanian, they might have made 'THE WHISTLERS'." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times



''A daffy and dazzling crime film. Taut and constantly surprising, the film breathes new life into staid genre conventions." - Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com

In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.


The Virtual Strand?
Watch a film/support the Strand
Just a couple weeks ago I introduced Parasite by professing my love for Vicksburg, the Strand, and the folks who come out to see our programming. A few things have changed since then...

But we still love you and miss you at the Strand.

And we hope you miss us: breathing in the smell of the fresh popcorn as you open the door; catching up with friends old and new; checking out this week's beer selection; finding the perfect seat (until some tall person sits in front of you)... and then watching a new or classic film with an audience, and hanging around to discuss the film - those were the days. And hopefully all those little things will return to our lives soon. Or eventually.

Until then some of our film distributors have come up with a plan to keep you thinking about the Strand and even supporting the Strand by partnering with us to offer unreleased films you can stream at home.

Okay, it's not the same, but these are brand new films of the caliber we would be presenting on our screen, and if you choose to watch them, the Strand receives half the ticket price. We will be working with a number of the distributors who supply our films. Their platforms and procedures may vary somewhat. It's an adventure.

Our first offering is from Romania and is called The Whistlers. 


Click to purchase your screening of the Whistlers
 
Thanks. We miss you.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Best Picture Winner: Parasite at the Strand Sat., March 14 at 7



Parasite
Strand Theatre
Saturday, March 14 at 7 PM

Just act like you own the place...

The little foreign language film that could: Parasite just would not stop winning Oscars earlier this month:

Best International Feature
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Picture (first time ever that a film not in English won Best Picture)

So, we are bringing it to the Strand so you can see what the fuss is about.

Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.

See the trailer:

Advance tickets are available for $6 at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse ($8 at the door)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Cat Video Fest returns to the Strand


CatVideoFest returns to the Strand for the second year. Laughing at cat videos has been proven to provide health benefits to the audience. Seriously.

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 2020 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...

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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Big Weekend at the Strand: John Carter Cash and more...

Big weekend at the Strand 
3 programs:

Friday, February 21 at 7
 Triste Adagio
(new film by Vicksburg filmmaker: 
Mike Gillis)

Saturday, February 22 at 7
Honeyland
(Oscar nominated documentary)

Sunday, February 23 at 5:30
Dragon Song
A film and live concert featuring
John Carter Cash


New Short Film:
Friday, February 21/ 7:00 PM
Triste Adagio
Directed by Mike Gillis


Made right here in Vicksburg. Come see Brelynn Beck, Cassidy Lampkin, Alana LaTorre, Morgan Nelson. Sarah Randolph, Ellie Jones and Mike Gillis in this film about a young dancer.

Written, produced and directed by Mike Gillis.

Tickets: $10 available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and at the door ($12).

Feature Film:
Saturday, February 22 / 7 PM
HoneyLand
Oscar nominated for Best International Film and Best Documentary Feature.

In Macedonia, the last native beekeeper relies upon traditional methods to harvest honey deep in the mountains. However, her livelihood is jeopardized when a nomadic farming family attempts to infringe on her beekeeping.
$6 advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door.
Film and Concert:
Sunday, February 23 / 5:30 PM
Dragon Song
John Carter Cash, having been involved in music all his life, is an accomplished and award winning record producer. However, his activities in the creative world reach far beyond just music production. He is also a singer-songwriter, and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to John R Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.

His latest project: Dragon Song is a film based on the aftermath of the Civil War in Oregon and Tennessee. Survivors Lamberic White (John Carter Cash) and Spiney Shamblins (Eric Hamilton) remain lost in the ongoing chaos of a living hell. Lamberic, enraged by Spineys drunken abuse of his wife Veronica (Ana Cristina Cash), responds with grim measures, leading to a momentous consequence.

The film was produced by John Carter Cash and April Kimbrell, in addition to John Carter, his wife, recording artist Ana Cristina Cash and Eric Hamilton, the film features appearances by Cash's son Joseph Cash, chart-topping singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, and Damon Fielder.

Hamilton is a "hometown boy" from Port Gibson, Mississippi. He is a singer/songwriter in Nashville and has a prominent role in the film.

The event will include a presentation of the 20 minute film, a Q&A, and a musical performance featuring: John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Eric Hamilton, Justin Johnson, and Sweepy Walker.

$15 Tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse and online: 

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.      

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rigoletto on the lake / opera onscreen at the Strand

Rigoletto on the Lake onscreen at the Strand Sunday, February 16 at 2 PM

Verdi’s Thrilling Masterpiece Performed on the Breathtaking Bregenz Lake Stage
Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork –compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful –is being performed for the first time on the breathtaking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

One of Verdi’s most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father’s rage and a daughter’s shame. It features several of opera’s best-known arias-including Rigoletto’s passionate denouncement “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,” Gilda’s dreamy “Caro nome” and the Duke’s instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile.”Rigoletto was first performed in 1851 and is the first of the extraordinary “middle-period” trio of Verdi masterpieces that also includes La Traviata and Il Trovatore. Directed and designed by Philipp Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

Please Note: Rigoletto on the Lake contains a sequence of flashing lights, which might affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitivity.

Running Time: 140 minutes (incl. 15-min. intermission)

Start Time: 2 PM

Rating: Treat as PG13

Language: Italian, with English subtitles

Tickets: available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $15

2 movies at the Strand: Joker and the Lighthouse

2 movies in one night:
Joker & Lighthouse
Joker: Sat., Feb. 15 at 7 PM  
Lighthouse: Sat., Feb. 15 at 9:30 PM   
 
Yes, 2 Oscar nominated films in one night:
First, Joker:
Joaquin Phoenix walked away with the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Joker.

Forever alone in a crowd, Arthur Fleck seeks connection. Yet, as he trods the sooted Gotham City streets and rides the graffitied mass transit rails of a hostile town teeming with division and dissatisfaction, Arthur wears two masks. One, he paints on for his day job as a clown. The other he can never remove; it's the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel he's a part of the world around him, and not the misunderstood man whom life is repeatedly beating down. Fatherless, Arthur has a fragile mother, arguably his best friend, who nicknamed him Happy, a moniker that's fostered in Arthur a smile that hides the heartache beneath. But, when bullied by teens on the streets, taunted by suits on the subway, or simply teased by his fellow clowns at work, this social outlier only becomes even more out of sync with everyone around him.

Joker - Saturday, February 15 at 7 PM
Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $6
$8 at the door

Followed by
The Lighthouse
 
Nominated for Best Cinematography
starring  Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson
 
Two lighthouse keepers fight to keep their sanity while stranded on an isolated island.

Lighthouse: Saturday, February 15 at 9:30 PM
$6 advance tickets available at Highway 61 Coffeehouse / $8 at the door...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts Saturday, February 8 at the Strand

2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts 

Animated: Sat., Feb. 8 at 6:30 PM 
Live Action: Sat. Feb. 8 at 8:30 PM 

 (it's 2 separate programs, but come see them all)  It's time to crank the movies back up at the Strand for 2020, and since it's Oscar season, we start with a month of Oscar nominees...  So, on the night before the awards we present both Animated & Live Action shorts:  If you come to either of these programs you are guaranteed to see an Oscar winner.    

Program One:
Animated Nominees: 

 (Saturday / 6:30 PM) 

 Daughter (Dcera) CZECHIA/15 MINS/2019 Director Daria Kashcheeva Synopsis: In a hospital room, the Daughter recalls a childhood moment when as a little girl she tried to share her experience with an injured bird with her Father. A moment of misunderstanding and a lost embrace has stretched into many years all the way to this hospital room, until the moment when a window pa...(come see it)  

Hair Love USA/7 MINS/2019 Director Matthew A. Cherry  Synopsis: It's up to Daddy to give his daughter, Zuri, an extra-special hairstyle in this story of self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.  

Kitbull USA/9 MINS/2019 Director Rosana Sullivan  Synopsis: KITBULL, directed by Rosana Sullivan and produced by Kathryn Hendrickson, reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pitbull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.  

Mémorable FRANCE/12 MINS/2019 Director Bruno Collet  Synopsis: The world appears to be changing for Louis, a painter, and his wife Michelle. In fact, recently all sorts of strange things have been happening to them.  

Sister USA/8 MINS/2018 Director Siqi Song  Synopsis: A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?  

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




Program Two:
Live Action Nominees 
 (Saturday / 8:30 PM) 
 A Sister BELGIUM/16 MINS/2018 Director Delphine Girald  Synopsis: A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life.  

Brotherhood TUNISIA, CANADA/25 MINS/2018 Director Meryam Joobeur  Synopsis: Mohamed is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife.  

Nefta Football Club FRANCE/17 MINS/2018 Director Yves Piat  Synopsis: Two young brothers come across a donkey in the desert. Strangely, the animal wears headphones over its ears and is carrying bags full of a white powder on its back. 

Saria USA/23 MINS/2019 Director Bryan Buckley Synopsis: Saria 12, and her sister Ximena, devise a daring plan to escape horrendous abuse in the orphanage that houses them.  

The Neighbors' Window USA/20 MINS/2019 Director Marshall Curry Synopsis: Alli is a mother of young children, frustrated with her daily routine and husband. But her life is shaken up when two free-spirited twenty-somethings move in across the street and she discovers she can see into their apartment.  

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
















 








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