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Sparrows:Cinemathequ­e / Nighttown with Bill Guenzler (CIFF)

A COUPLE OF SPECIAL EVENTS: First, there is a silent film with live piano accompaniment & the editor of book on Mary Pickford introducing the film.  This film is kind of like a 1920's version of Hunger Games and should be very enjoyable.

Then our group will be meeting exclusively with Bill Guentzer, Artistic Director for the Cleveland Film Festival.  He will talk about films he saw at Sundance, Toronto, that should help us figure out which films to see.

Note: You have the option to attend just the dinner or just the movie.  Be sure to let us know your plans when you RSVP.

3:30PM MOVIE at Cinematheque

Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

Please plan to leave right after the movie ends as we will want to be at the restaurant between 5:45 and 6:00.

5:45 PM Dinner/Discussion with Bill Guenzler at Nighttown.

We continue our special event at Nighttown.

12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights. [masked]

It is about a 10 minute drive to get there.  If you are not familiar with the area, be sure to figure out where you are going ahead of time.

MAP to Nighttown...

******If you cannot find us in the lobby of the movie theater after the movie, please go the the restaurant and ask the manager for the "movie group".********




Christel Schmidt, who edited the recent anthology Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (Library of Congress/University Press of Kentucky), will introduce a special screening of Pickford’s 1926 silent film Sparrows, one of her best movies. (The film will be shown in a color-tinted 35mm restoration from the Library of Congress, with live piano accompaniment by Cinematheque favorite Joseph Rubin of New York City.) The expressionistic Sparrows finds the movies’ first female superstar trying to free a group of orphan children from a horrific “baby farm” located next to an alligator-infested swamp. The film’s original trailer and some outtakes will also be shown, and Christel Schmidt will sell and sign copies of her book after the screening.

Approximately 120 min.

The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.

Tips for improving the restaurant experience:

  • Let us know your dinner plans when you RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie.
  • Print out a map or enter the restaurant address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • We can't always split the checks so please bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to sit with the "Movie Group".



In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Patty S.


    March 26, 2013

  • Loretta

    I am so sorry I missed this one....sounds like you all had a perfect time.

    March 25, 2013

  • Cheri

    This was only my second Meetup with the group, and my first dinner with Bill. I had a wonderful time! Wish I had been able to catch the silent film, because the other people I spoke with had seen it & described the experience in glowing terms.

    March 25, 2013

  • George

    Both the film and dinner were real, rare treats! Great evening!

    March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful event! Learned much more about the silent film era and Mary Pickford in particular. Thanks for organizing all of this Jim.

    March 24, 2013

  • Drew

    Great evening from beginning to end. Thanks Jim!

    March 24, 2013

  • Jims

    Thanks everyone who attended. I am so gald you liked the silent film. Of course Bill was phenominal as usual.
    Catch you at the Film Festival.

    March 24, 2013

  • Mary

    great afternoon with Mary Pickford film....exceded expectations especially the accompianist. Dinner at Nightown and discussion re: film festival was outstanding and informative. thanks, Jim

    March 24, 2013

  • Vivian

    what a great day. Thank you so much Jim for organizing. I am now so psyched for the CIFF.

    Patty - - I left my guide with your phone number at the restaurant so call me!

    March 24, 2013

  • Laureen D.

    Only going to movie.

    March 24, 2013

  • Marlene

    We have unexpected guests from out of town. Missing the fun group, movie and discussion. :(

    March 23, 2013

  • Christine R.

    looking forward to it.

    March 23, 2013

  • Cheri

    Just the dinner.

    March 23, 2013

  • elena

    Will not be able to make it. I am very sorry.

    March 23, 2013

  • elena

    Looking forward to be there. It will be only the dinner, not the movie.

    March 19, 2013

  • elena

    Just the dinner. Tx.

    March 19, 2013

  • Michael

    just dinner

    March 18, 2013

  • Elise

    I will attend the dinner. but not sure of the movie

    March 14, 2013

  • Elise

    I will attend the dinner. but probably not the movie.

    March 14, 2013

  • David M.

    going rock climbing outdoors!

    March 10, 2013

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