Watching a movie gives audiences a chance to capture that moment’s resonant je ne sais quoi, which is French for “popcorn smell.” Rejoice in artful concessions with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a three-day pass to the 2011 Flatland Film Festival (a $40 value). The festival will be Thursday, October 13, through Saturday, October 15, at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts.
Now in its seventh year, the Flatland Film Festival celebrates and showcases the latest in independent, local, and award-winning moving images. Festivities commence Thursday with a 6 p.m. preparty and 7 p.m. screening of 2010 Oscar-nominated live-action shorts, including Oscar-winner "God of Love", featuring petite-sized cinematic efforts from Ireland, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Discuss groundbreaking end-credit ideas with two local filmmakers during Friday’s post-screening Q&A, or bulk up for Saturday’s main event, a grudge match of 29 short films from around the world shown in three sessions: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Bathed in the glow of the Firehouse Theatre’s silver screen, attendees choose favorites and vote via ballot or by hurling gold-dipped cracker jacks at the screen. After the announcement of the festival winners, the cinematic soirée will culminate with a screening of Natural Selection, the directorial debut from writer-director Robbie Pickering and winner of the South by Southwest film festival’s grand jury prizes for Best Narrative Feature, Screenplay, and Best Score/Music.
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.
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