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Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once said, "The cinema is truth at 24 frames per second," making slo-mo sports replays and sped-up Benny Hill gags nothing but cruel, cruel lies. Get the real deal with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two tickets to see Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo at the Duke Energy Theatre, as presented by The Light Factory (a $14 value). The Duke Energy Theatre is located on College Street. Choose to attend one of the following screenings:
- Wednesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 17, 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, directed by Jessica Orek, is an independent documentary that has garnered praise from IFC, Variety, and Filmmaker magazine for its quiet, poetic imagery, offbeat subject matter, and avant-garde style that, as critic Alicia Van Couvering stated, is "so much more than the sum of its parts." The film explores Japan's fascination with insects, the country's lucrative trade of insect sales, insect art and literature, and more, all through the magnifying lens of historical detective work. The Duke Energy Theatre offers an intimate, attractive space for film-gazing, with auditorium-style seats that keep your vision clear from obstructive bonnets, beehives, and Gorgon snakes.
The Light Factory is a contemporary museum of photography and film, just the fourth of its kind in the entire United States. Its mission is to promote the power of the photographic image as it appears in every imaginable art form. One method of this promotion is screening rare, independent, and otherwise significant films. Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo is just one example of the intriguing films they curate, along with numerous photography exhibits. Admission to the museum's galleries is free unless closed for a private event, so if Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo lights a fire beneath your imagination's backside, be sure to swing by and see what else The Light Factory has to offer. Besides, catching an independent film makes a conversation-inducing backdrop for a first date, an inspiring journey for an aspiring filmmaker, and an intellectually stimulating alternative to Sex and the City 3: Rise of the Kraken.
Internet Movie Database users give Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo 6.7 stars out of 10. Meanwhile, The Light Factory was featured in the Non-Profit Spotlight by TeachingPhoto.com. The museum has more than 1,700 Facebook fans, while four Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars:
- Been a member of the light factory for a few years and I always enjoy their exhibits and film festivals. Its a good organization with a great sense of humor and purpose. – Ami T., Yelp
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About The Light Factory
Photographers, filmmakers, and fans of both art forms unite at the Light Factory, a buzzing cultural center on Charlotte's Central Avenue. Here, visionaries of all stripes have the chance to express their creativity amid the acclaimed—and oftentimes, infamous—images that line the gallery walls.
In addition to attending events and gathering for exhibitions, folks interested in improving their own skills can enroll in the Light Factory's array of classes. During these sessions, students learn about black-and-white photography, portraiture, and how to handle DSLR cameras, which are especially difficult to house train.