|Sent on:||Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:14 AM|
Here’s a long overdue newsletter on the group activities and events for March and April.
First, we had a very successful EAT DRINK WATCH OSCARS at Cinematheque and Nighttown on the 24th. About 60 attended representing a number of groups as well as Cinematheque patrons and Nighttown regulars. MeetUp groups represented included Music Cleveland!, New in Town (or Not) and Bonjour Cleveland! We screened an engaging film (SISTER) and enjoyed a wonderful dinner and discussion. If you weren’t there, you missed a wonderful evening. Plan on EDWO II next year – mark your calendar for Sunday 23 February 2014.
Last Saturday, we saw the restored version of Lawrence of Arabia at the beautiful Capitol followed by a great dinner and discussion at LUXE. What can I say about the film – its my favorite with my favorite actor – Peter O’Toole, possibly the most charming and dashing Irishman of this Century and last. One thing for sure, the earlier show times are popular so we’ll do our best to find reasonable times on the weekends that will allow plenty of time after.
Now on to the future: we’ve just scheduled On the Road at the Cedar Lee for Saturday, March 23 with Alan hosting. Time is posted as 4:15 p.m. but that will probably change when Cleveland Cinemas announces their schedule. Dinner after the film will be next door at Lemon Grass.
I probably qualify as a member of the beat generation among other things and I did read Jack Kerouac’s novel many years ago and tried my hand at poetry as well. Not sure about Alan but he seems more Hippy or Hipster to me. All that said, I must admit that my primary interest is in seeing Kirsten Dunst’s (Spiderman; Melancholia) latest work even though she has a surprisingly small part.
Also, I’ve posted a late April (20th) screening of A Place Beyond the Pines at the Valley View Cinemark with dinner at the new Oak Barrel next door. Check out the post.
Movie ALERT! The Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF37) (click here) is right around the corner. It runs April 3 to April 14th. Mark your calendars now for the Closing Night Party on Sunday, April 14th (consider it my 39th Birthday party too). I strongly recommend becoming a member at any level. Members have access to a very cool schedule builder on the web site, reduced ticket prices and other special perks.
Now, since you are a member of Ciné Arts Cleveland! I have a special perk for you – discounted ticketing on both member pricing and regular pricing. A $2 reduction on ticket purchases - Tickets this year are $12 for CIFF members and $14 for non-members (so with that code it would take it down to $10 & $12).
Just use our special code: CINEARTS – on-line, by telephone or in-person for the special pricing.
I’ve posted a link for the Program Guide on our Discussion/Message board. The CIFF37 web site is active now and you may review the film schedule there. Printed schedules are expected around March 15th.
I’ll begin a thread on the Discussion board where you may post the films that you are planning on seeing so that we can “meetup” if our schedules match. We’ll try to schedule a couple of films on weekends. We’ll also have a Review thread where you can become a Film Critic and share your thoughts about the Festival Films.
Visit our Home Page often as I’ll be posting some Film Festival survival tips from time to time. Hopefully they will be of value in negotiating the Festival ticketing process, parking and dinning, all essential to your enjoyment.
Each year when members attend the Festival for the first time, I hear comments of surprise and even shock at the significant crowds. Imagine Tower City filled with partyers on Closing Night (4/14); Imagine the walkways around Tower City Cinemas and the Food Court absolutely jammed; and Imagine all 12 theaters in the complex filled to capacity. No doubt that Cleveland is a film city and the CIFF37 is where it’s at!
Finally, I urge you to consider becoming a member of the Festival. There are many levels available and the benefits like a private schedule builder, special ticket pricing and advance purchase are outstanding.
Buying tickets in advance are absolutely essential considering the crowds and demand. While the Festival does offer “stand-by” status as the various screenings fill-up, please avoid that option at all costs.
Tickets will be available to CIFF Members on Friday, March 15th @ 11 a.m. and to the general public a week later on Friday, March 22nd @ 11 a.m.
Become a CIFF member and get discounts and dibs on festival tickets, advanced mailings, enhanced web features, exclusive invitations and a whole lot more.
Here’s the CIFF37 link (click here)