The Art House Convergence, an international consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce its final wave of programming for the inaugural Art House Theater Day (AHTD), taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. More than 195 theaters will participate in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters provide.
As part of its inaugural year, AHTD has partnered with global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to present several of its previously funded films in a number of Art House Convergence theaters. Among other titles this will include Amber Fares' SPEED SISTERS, which details the life of female race car drivers in the West Bank and Dana Nachman's BATKID BEGINS which premiered at Slamdance and was released by New Cinema.
Getting the big screen treatment at American Cinematheque's The Egyptian in Hollywood will be "Con Man". The digital series stars show creator Alan Tudyk alongside his "Firefly" colleague, Nathan Fillion as they navigate the world of comic book conventions. "Con Man", which has never been screened theatrically, has just been picked up for a second season by Lionsgate's Comic-Con HQ.
"When Indiegogo first heard about Art House Theater Day, we knew we had to get involved. We're excited to work with Art House Convergence and all these fantastic theaters to help show that the independent film industry is thriving," said Marc Hofstatter, Head of Film and Creative at Indiegogo.
These titles augment a previously announced line-up that has been curated to celebrate incredible first run and repertory films across a variety of genres. Those releases include Magnolia Pictures' theatrical premiere of the documentary DANNY SAYS, the brand-new restoration of Don Coscarelli's 1979 cult sci-fi/horror classic, PHANTASM: REMASTERED, making its first appearance in theaters nationwide following its world premiere at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival, the beloved Terry Gilliam - directed fantasy classic TIME BANDITS and a one-day-only presentation of GKIDS A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE SPECIALS. Theater-goers will enjoy exclusive bonus content and giveaways, including a print of the Star Map from TIME BANDITS, and a never-before-seen sneak peek behind the scenes of the fifth and final PHANTASM: RAVAGER, including a tribute to Phantasm star Angus Scrimm, during PHANTASM.
A large and diverse group of filmmakers have launched their careers through independent film projects that gained audiences and acclaim through art house screenings. Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn is one of many filmmakers who moved from independent productions such as his PUSHER series to mainstream films like DRIVE & THE NEON DEMON, and he understands the value of the art house theaters that were early champions of his work. "Art houses are crucial to cinema because they embrace originality and reject formulaic filmmaking. The support from art house programmers and audiences has allowed me to stay true to my artistic vision, without having to make commercial compromises. So this day is really a celebration of artistic integrity, and the places where people can go to find it," said filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn.
Chicoine of Amherst Cinema (Amherst, MA) and Desai of Aperture Cinema (Winston-Salem, NC) were inspired by the success of Record Store Day and its commitment to promoting independent record shops. They developed this event as a celebration of art house theaters and films, and the filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff dedicated to providing extraordinary cinematic experiences.
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ABOUT ART HOUSE THEATER DAY
Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.
In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote.
ABOUT ART HOUSE CONVERGENCE
The Art House Convergence began in 2005 as the Sundance Institute Art House Project, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Sundance Institute by honoring a small group of leading U.S. Art House theaters. A few years later, this grew into the independently run Art House Convergence, which in 2008 presented its first annual conference, an industry educational program designed to empower and inform independent cinemas nationwide. The growth of the Art House Convergence and its development of research, surveys and year round communication among art house theaters affirm that the organization has evolved into a leading national resource for the support of independent film and the promotion of film culture in local communities. The upcoming annual conference will be January 16 - 19, 2017 in Midway, Utah.
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