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Art House Theater Day!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists, and staff, and the brick and mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience. 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 film making. 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. Every theater is unique, and the Art House Theater Day celebrations will reflect that. But one invariable is that every event will be special. Several film distributors are offering exclusive programs that you will only be able to see on Art House Theater Day at participating theaters.  

Here’s how The Cary is celebrating Art House Theater Day!

2pm – Celebrating local film makers!  Dusty’s Trail: Summit of Borneotrailer-artwork

DUSTY’S TRAIL: SUMMIT OF BORNEO is an inspirational documentary about a young man’s journey with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), a fatal and debilitating muscle wasting condition that affects one in 3,500 boys worldwide. The story tells about people coming together from around the world to climb a mountain in Borneo for charity to raise awareness for Duchenne. DUSTY’S TRAIL: SUMMIT OF BORNEO celebrates life through the ties that bind all humanity. It’s about the power of creating a positive, happy, fulfilling and inspiring life when the odds seem against it. Filmed in Borneo and California, the documentary is based on interviews with doctors, researchers, parents, friends and people who have been inspired by Dusty’s life, some with whom he has never met, and others who share the same path. Dusty’s trail is co-produced by Cary-based film maker, Allan R. Smith of DreamQuest Productions. Allan also served a one of the camera operators on this expedition.  

3:30 pm – A Town Called Panic (2 short films)

panicCome visit A Town Called Panic, with two award-winning new specials from the Academy Award®-nominated directors of Ernest & Celestine. With disarming wit and hilarious visuals, A Town Called Panic revels in the simple setup of three plasticine toys sent on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures. Cowboy and Indian are always up to some harebrained scheme, with Horse left to clean up the mess.   In “The Christmas Log,” their out-of-control antics lead Horse to call Santa and cancel the presents. But the boys figure they can still save Christmas… if they break into their neighbor’s house to steal his yule log!   In “Back to School,” a class assignment yields a special prize, but only Pig knows the answer. Cowboy and Indian use a special shrinking potion to try and sneak into Pig’s brain, where they discover a sodium-packed world of pig cops riding in bacon cars and sausage cycles. Rated: not rated; family friendlytrailer-artwork   Special giveaway – pencil cases with mini figure pins inside!  (supplies limited)    

7pm –Danny Says + Live stream Q&A trailer-artwork

danny-saysDanny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. Danny Says is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation. (imdb.com) Rated: Not Rated Live stream Q&A with director Brendan Toller after the screening.  See this film before it opens theatrically! Special screening for Art House Theater day! Special giveaway – Official Danny Says t-shirts, stickers, and pens (supplies limited)  

9:45pm –Time Bandits

timebanditsA young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy’s encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon, a powerful Agamemnon, and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam’s Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam’s visual exuberance and the witty script ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey. (allmovie.com/Judd Blaise) Rated: PG Special giveaway – limited edition reproduction of the Time Portal Map used in the film (supplies limited) trailer-artwork