Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children’s artwork out the car window. Catch a flick with this Groupon deal: for $99, you get a 2012 Flatland Film Series season pass at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (a $225 total value). All season passes are valid for general-admission seating, and include admission to the following events:
- The Horrible Horror Festival on Saturday, March 24, from 3 p.m. to midnight
- The summer miniseries on Saturday, June 2; Saturday, July 7; and Saturday, August 4
- The Flatland Film Festival from Thursday, October 18, through Saturday, October 20
- The Flatland Film Series season finale and reception on Saturday, December 8
- All single screenings held throughout the season<p>
All seating is general admission; season pass holders will have reserved seats up to 15 mins prior to show time.
Now in its eighth year, the Flatland Film Series champions independent cinema during its annual 10-month showcase of works and genres from across the globe. The Horrible Horror Fest serves up a scream-worthy start to the 2012 season, digging up a sarcophagus filled with creepy classics including 1959’s Wasp Woman and 1963’s The Terror. From June through August, moviegoers can fight the summer heat by climbing into super-size cups of soda and watching a trio of cinematic standouts, after which the Flatland Film Festival returns in October to present three days’ worth of local and award-winning productions. A catered reception and wine bar help cap off the season during December’s grand finale featuring local band Strawberry Crush, who will modernize the silent film Metropolis with an original live score.
What began as a regional fine arts center in 1997, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts has bloomed into a four-block campus dedicated to delivering cultural experiences and opportunities. The center’s mission is particularly evident within its cinematic arts department, which today features individual screenings and question and answer sessions with cast and directors from various films, in addition to yearly series and the Flatland Film Festival.
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
Three years after founding Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in 1997, Louise Hopkins Underwood’s operation finally found a permanent home in the city's vacated Fire Department Administration Building. These days, her vision for a thriving contemporary-arts community has grown into a four-block campus with nine buildings spread across 64,000 square feet. The LHUCA team repurposed those structures—warehouses and former municipal buildings among them—into arts spaces that include an exhibition hall and four galleries whose nearly 5,000 square feet display local, national, and international artists. The renovated Icehouse accommodates rehearsals and performances of dance, music, and performance art, and the 159-seat Firehouse Theatre's 5.1-surround-sound mix brings films to life more effectively than hiring Dr. Frankenstein as a projectionist. Along with showcasing the work of prominent figures, the center's teachers nurture up-and-coming artists with classes in disciplines such as oil painting, bagpiping, and creative writing.