Inspiration is that feeling of enthusiasm that you get from someone or something, that gives you new and creative ideas. If you’ve been following these eBlasts, you know we’ve been researching and gathering ideas about how to reopen safely and how to move forward with our signature events, Beyond: The Cary Film Festival and Zombiepalooza 2020.
Check out a couple of interesting articles that are inspiring our plans.
Paris Plages, an annual event organized by the French capital, creates temporary beaches along the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette during the summer. Insider shares how the French Capitol is thinking outside the box as they plan a floating cinema experience for 38 boats and 150 locals watching from the beach. Naturally, appropriate social distance measures will be in place.
Le Grand Bain will be the featured film at this event. The 2018 comedy centers around a depressed man who joins a synchronized swimming team made up of middle aged men. It’s English title is Sink or Swim.
We’re getting creative with this year’s film festival, but maybe not THAT creative. Although, maybe we could plan a floating cinema for another time on Symphony Lake at Booth Amphitheater?
Inspirational thinking going on here.
TRIVIA TUESDAY: Morgan Freeman got his start as the veggie vampire on “The Electric Company” in 1971. Years later he and which co-star won Oscars… and for what film?
Answer: Hilary Swank (Best Actress), Morgan Freeman (Supporting Actor), “Million Dollar Baby”
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TRIVIA THURSDAY: Name the most recent actor to win back-to-back Oscars, and for which films?
Answer: Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (’93), “Forrest Gump” (’94)
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All winners will receive 4 free movie admissions once the theater reopens. Please contact Connie Di Grazia at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to claim your prize.
We’ve been following the news on the state of film festivals around the world. Indiewire shares a full festival statement from the heavy-hitters planning a collaboration.
This year, we saw the COVID-19 pandemic devastate communities all over the world, and bring life as we knew it to a halt. As supporters of global cinema, we watched as the work of film artists stopped in its tracks, and the culture of film itself was challenged. Films come alive with audiences, who could no longer gather in the ways we had for over a century.
The art form we love is in crisis. Our own organizations have seen unprecedented challenges to our work and our financial security. The pandemic caught each of us as we were preparing for the biggest event of our year in the fall of 2020. We knew we had to adapt. We decided to collaborate as we never have before.
Venice is the origin story for every film festival in the world. Telluride is one of the world’s most influential festivals. Toronto is home to the world’s largest public film festival. And the New York Film Festival curates for one of the world’s most storied, sophisticated film cities. Our four festivals share a love of cinema and a devotion to filmmakers. We also share a short span of six weeks each autumn.
This year, we’ve moved away from competing with our colleagues at autumn festivals and commit instead to collaboration. We are sharing ideas and information. We are offering our festivals as a united platform for the best cinema we can find. We’re here to serve the filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry members who keep the film ecosystem thriving. We need to do that together.
We believe cinema has a unique power to illuminate both the world around us, and our innermost perceptions. In a crisis, films can transport us. They can enchant, inform, provoke and heal. As we work through challenging circumstances this summer to prepare our festivals, we will work together, in support of film.
Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival
Alberto Barbera, Venice Film Festival
Eugene Hernandez, New York Film Festival
Julie Huntsinger, Telluride Film Festival
Tom Luddy, Telluride Film Festival
Joana Vicente, Toronto International Film Festival
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