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Films for Film Lovers Open for the Holidays

By Mickey Lacroix

As you are probably well aware, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner. Both holidays fall on a Sunday this year, so many locations are closed on the following Mondays.  As such, it might be easy to think that our Film for Film Lovers series would pack up its popcorn maker, and roll up the red carpet for these two weeks.  This, however, is not the case.  Not only will The Robert and Karin Moe Auditorium and Film Center be open on these two Mondays, but the movies selected for these weeks are timely choices reflective of the season.

For Monday, December 26th, the film committee has selected a powerful tale from Hong Kong, entitled “A Simple Life.”  In a nutshell, the movie is about an older woman who has worked as a servant (an amah) who, upon having a stroke, decides she wants to move into a nursing home, so as not to become a burden on the family she has been caring for for over sixty years, and her relationship with the youngest son of the family.  The film is ultimately a somber exploration of love, selflessness and finding contentment.  The films message might just be particularly poignant right after the bustle of the Christmas holiday.

Whether or not you end up suffering a bit from toasting “auld lang syne” with one too many “good-will draughts” – CFABS will be presenting the 2004 French film “Changing Times” on Monday, January 2nd.  In this film, two of Frances greatest modern actors, Gerard Depardeau and Catherine Deneuve team up to bring us a story about how a love from days gone by, (which is what “auld lang syne” means) never truly dies.   In addition to being a fine love story, the movie might provide a little motivation to those of us who make New Year’s resolutions, but might need a little extra push to fight for those changes we want to make going forward.

We hope you’ll join us at one or both of these exceptional films. We’ll have the popcorn ready, a selection of beverages to help wash them down, and even if the carpets in our film center aren’t red, our staff and volunteers will be ready to give you the red carpet treatment when you arrive.  Even if we don’t see you, all of us at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs hope you have a Festive Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Some Holiday Ideas

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Raku pieces during the firing process at a Raku and You! One-Night Event.

By Mickey Lacroix

Prior to working for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, I always struggled during the holiday season to come up with fun and meaningful gifts to share with my loved ones. Last year, I ended up being able to give a number of my family members tickets to see the folk musician Jonathan Edwards, who performed at the Center for Performing Arts last spring.  My sisters and I had not seen him in concert prior to that event, though we had grown up listening to his songs.  My mom and stepdad, who also attended, had seen him perform, but not for many years.  Altogether, it ended up being a wonderful evening that we each look back upon fondly.

There are probably a good many people on your holiday “shopping” list who would also be more touched by a great experience than a cleverly selected item. As such, there are many interesting services, classes and performances held at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs that might make a great holiday gift, especially as a group gift to an event or class that you can attend together.

One night events and mini workshops often make great group gifts, because they take place in a relaxed environment and allow people to make a work of art over the span of just a few hours. These events are especially fun if you get a group of people together to attend, as there is something magically intimate about sharing in the creative process. Then, at the end of the session, you each get to bring home the art you made, which will serve as a continuing reminder of the shared experience.

CFABS also offers a full series of top-notch performances, varying from improvisational theater, to concerts in a variety of musical genres, foreign films, one man theater productions, and traditional theater. If you might be interested in giving a gift of this nature to someone you know, but are not sure of their schedule, the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has gift certificates available at any denomination.

One of the other interesting gift possibilities is a ticket to the annual OFF THE WALLS! fundraiser. Everyone is a winner in this amazing ‘lottery’ event and each person selected gets to choose from any number of artworks and collectibles donated for the event.   A fabulous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine are all included in the $150 ticket price.  Each prize item is valued at a minimum of $275.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are used to give scholarships for youth programming at CFABS.  This year’s off the walls will be on Friday, January 20, 2017 and doors will open at 6:00pm.

Information about any of the programs available through the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs is available online at www.artcenterbonita.org, or by phone at 239-495-8989. You are also cordially invited to drop in to either center, where you may pick up literature, buy tickets, sign up for classes, view the exhibitions in the galleries, and get more information in general.  The Center for Visual Arts is located at 26100 Old 41 Rd. and the Center for Performing Arts is located at 10150 Bonita Beach Rd.  Please consider coming out to see or contacting us to give someone you love the opportunity to enrich their lives through the arts.

A REFRESHING OPTION TO THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs’ Summer Film Schedule

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It’s summer blockbuster season and movie theaters are packed with droves of fans willing to brave long lines to watch the latest large budget, star packed film extravaganza. I will be the first to admit that I have been waiting 13 years to see this summer’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” the follow up to Pixar’s 2003 release “Finding Nemo.” However, once I’ve seen Dory film offerings become limited, as summer blockbusters stay longer in theaters so movie studios can recoup their $100,000,000 plus investments.

Some of the greatest films of all time would never have made the summer blockbuster cut including “Citizen Kane (1941)” or “It’s A Wonderful Life (1946),” which barely made bank when they were released. The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has put together a line up of films for their summer Monday night “Films for Film Lovers Series,” that may have missed the box office blockbuster cut, but should be on every film fans must see list.

Summer films include selections of the best of foreign and independent films, shown Monday nights at 7:00pm at the newly renovated Moe Auditorium & Film Center at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs. The 200-seat auditorium includes a giant screen; a state of the art projection system and the all-important refreshments that include freshly popped popcorn, snacks, beer, wine and mixed drinks that you can enjoy in the theater as you watch a great film.

CFABS’ Summer Film Series includes:

June 2016

June 27, 2016; 7:00pm                         Kings of Pastry (Netherlands)

July 2016

July 4, 2016; 7:00pm                                    Broken Embraces (Spain)
July 11, 2016; 7:00pm                        Nicky’s Family (Czech Republic)
July 18, 2016; 7:00pm                        Therese (France)
July 25, 2016; 7:00pm                        Amelie (France)

August 2016

August 1, 2016; 7:00pm                         Young & Beautiful (France)
August 8, 2016; 7:00pm                         We Have a Pope (Italy)
August 15, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Attack (Lebanon)
August 22, 2016; 7:00pm                         A Room with a View (UK)
August 29, 2016; 7:00pm                         The Flat (Germany)

September 2016

September 5, 2016; 7:00pm                        Intimate Strangers (France)
September 12, 2016; 7:00pm                        Dark Passage (USA)
September 19, 2016; 7:00pm                        More than Honey (Germany)
September 26, 2016; 7:00pm                        Belle De Jour (France)

Be sure to join the lively film discussion after each film, led by a Film Society Chairman or Member. Film lovers can become a member of the Centers for the Art’s Film Society by purchasing ticket packages. These members enjoy advance notice of film events, screenings and schedule. Tickets for CFABS’ Films for Film Lovers Monday night film series are $10 with money saving ticket packages available.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, and those who join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989 and on line at www.artcenterbonita.org.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: Films for Film Lovers
WHEN: Monday Evenings, 7:00pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
PRICE: $10 (money saving ticket packages are available)

 

STRAIGHT OUTTA HOLLYWOOD BONITA SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016

 

By Patrice Shields

It’s Oscars month but you don’t have to wait Film Still - Dorothea Lange 1936 by Paul S.Taylorfor the Academy Awards to walk the red carpet. From February 12-16, 2016 the first Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF) presents over 70 carefully curated narrative, documentary, animation and short films from around the world, complemented by a wide variety of workshops, demonstrations and Q & A Sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors and actors at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS). Held over five days, BIFF will screen films in both the 400 Seat Hinman Auditorium and the newly renovated 200 seat Moe Auditorium & Film Center. BIFF’s festivities include a red carpet Opening Night and parties Saturday and Tuesday evening that offer opportunities for filmmakers, directors, writers, actors and audiences to meet, share ideas while they mix and mingle.

“The Big point that ultimately surfaced in our discussions about having a film festival was that we, as an organization, are all about the arts, all the arts,” says Susan Bridges President of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. “So, we began looking at the idea that our Bonita Springs International Film Festival might see the majority of our films showcasing an artistic connection of some kind, beyond the fact that film is an art form in itself.”

Film as an art form at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity serving thousands of residents and visitors of all ages in Southwest Florida. The Centers first launched their Foreign Film Series in 2008. CFABS then added the impressive Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in 2015 and now are now adding the Bonita Springs International Film Festival in 2016.

BIFF SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
6:30pm Ribbon Cutting, Walk the Red Carpet
(Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, Live Music)
7:00pm Opening Night Film: “Una Noche”
NR / 100 min / Drama / Cuba

In Havana, Raul dreams of escaping to Miami. Accused of assault, he appeals to Elio to help him reach the forbidden world 90 miles across the ocean. One night, full of hope, they face the biggest challenge of their lives. “Una Noche” is Generously Sponsored by Finemark National Bank & Trust.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
Opening Night Party

With music, inspired cuisine, craft beers, creative cocktails, desserts and the opportunity to mingle with friends and film lovers, the Opening Night Party is the perfect start to five days of conversation, cinema and celebration! Business casual attire.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #1: Send a Memory (short), Save the Date (Short), Depredator (short), Behind the Rocks (short), The Fresh Prince of Lee County (short), One Single Butterfly 2015 (short), Mr Cypress 2015 Commercial (short), Skyview Elementary School First Animation (short), Sisters (short), AGAIN (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Little Attic (Short), Searching for Green (Short)
A Quest for Meaning (Feature)
(France / 88 min/ Documentary / Adventure)

Two childhood friends travel the world to meet some of the greatest thinkers of our time. This incredible voyage, full of moments of doubt and moments of joy, will lead them to question the very beliefs that have shaped Western civilization. This film captures the change in human consciousness currently happening all over the planet, and the desire to live in harmony with oneself and the world.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
One Nation (Short), Countdown (Short)
Tangerines (Feature)
(2015 / USA / NR / 87 min / Drama / War)

War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and he is forced to help.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Home Cooking (Short), The Grillman (Short)
The Mayo Conspiracy (Feature)
(2015 / USA / 72 min / Comedy)

When an intrepid journalist meets up with a mysterious whistle-blower from the Mayonnaise cartel, he is taken down a dark historical path from France, to Nazi Germany, and then through the depths of culinary hell.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
The Battle (Short), Earned Wings (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker & Director
This Ain’t No Mouse Music (Feature)
(2014 l NR l USA l 92 min l Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of deep American music – music that’s the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” dominating pop culture. Since 1960, he has been the guiding force behind legendary Arhoolie Records, bringing Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country – and into the living rooms of Middle America. American music has never been the same.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Permission (Short), Meant for More (Short)
Good Ol’ Freda (Feature)
(2013 / USA / PG / 86 min / Documentary)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Kathleen McCabe

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy teenager asked to cook for a young band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. As the Beatles fame multiplies, Freda’s a part of music and cultural history, yet never exploits her insider access. Freda finally tells her tale for the first time in 50 years. “Good Ol’ Freda ” is generously sponsored by Suntrust Private Wealth

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Feature Film:
Theeb (Feature)
(2015/ NR/ 60min/ UAE/ Adventure / Drama / Thriller)

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. “Theeb” is generously sponsored by Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
8:30pm House Party

The House Party is not only a celebration of the strength and diversity of Bonita springs, but it’s also the BIFF’s best dance party! The House Party is where our community comes together to eat, drink and dance the night away! An annual tradition in the making! Casual attire.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #2:

Suburban Wilderness (short), Jump, Match.kom (short), Underground Artist (short), The Horror-able Day (short), The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida (short), Silence (short), The Magician’s Boxes (short), Pirates (short), The Battle (Short), Trespassers (short)

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film:
Submarine Sandwich (Short), Fresh Guacamole (Short), Western Spaghetti (Short), Mute (Short), How Mute was Made (Short), A Single Life (Short), Otto (Short)
Famous Nathan (Feature)
(2014 / USA / 84 min / Documentary)
Q & A with Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker & Leslie Siegel, Producer

A Coney Island-inspired, densely-layered visually dynamic documentary portrait of the life and times of the original Nathan’s Famous, created in 1916 by filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker’s grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Revolving Child (Short), The Yellow Block (Short)
Timbuktu (Feature)
(2014 / France / PG-13 / 97 min / Drama)

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives — which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith — abruptly disturbed.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Deathworld: 2120 (Short), More Than Anyone (Short)
Pride (Feature)
(2014 / UK / 119 min / Biography / Comedy)

Summer, 1984, Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Rhythms of Bonita (Short)
Q & A With Filmmaker Eric Langhoff
The Wrecking Crew (Feature)
(2008 / PG / USA / 101 min / Documentary / Music)

A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

Hinman Auditorium
6:30pm Opera Performance and Presentation & Feature Film:
Ron Bowman Pianist and Karin White Soprano
Le Villi (Feature)
(2004 / Italy / NR / 68 min / Music)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Keep It Clean (Short), Dumped (Short), Man Who Loved Flowers (Short), Relatively Screwed (Short)
Wild Tales (Feature)
(2014 / R / 122 min / Argentina / Comedy / Drama)

Wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged, Wild Tales is a subversive satire that doubles as a uniformly entertaining anthology film.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #3:
Newtones (short), Trees Count (short), Summer Dragons (short), Adventures of Malia (short), Bonnie Pureheart and the Golden Ghost (short)

 

Hinman Auditorium
10:30am Shorts & Feature Film
The Strangeness of Coming Home (Short),
After the Blitz (Short)
Feature Film: Ukraine. Paralipomenon. A Chronicle of Omissions (91 min)

In post-Maidan Kiev survivor’s guilt exists after the revolution. A strong patriotic spirit associate very different groups, including extreme right-wing paramilitary groups and drag queens at gay nightclubs. People in the Ukrainian capital petition the government to block an ‘undeclared war’ against the East.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film
Titanium (Short), Lost & Found (Short)
Q & A with Lost & Found Filmmaker
Trouble on Wheels (Feature)(2015 / Turkey / 105 min / Adventure / Comedy)

Kudret has always lived life by the book. Until, that is, his routine is turned upside down by a succession of surprise events. Kudret jumps into his much loved car and sets off for Antep on a journey that will take him from one end of the country to the other.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
Crumb Catchers (Short), Dancing with Gene Kelly (Short), Silence is Golden (Short)
Feature Film: It’s Better in Italian
(2015 / NR / USA / 40 min / Documentary/ Comedy)
Q & A With Filmmaker: Magee Clegg

Discover the world of the ‘doppiatori’–the elite group of Italian voice over actors that dub English language films into Italian.

Hinman Auditorium

6:30pm Presentation & Feature Film:

Presentation: Making of ‘The Mona Lisa is Missing’ with Joe Medeiros

The Mona Lisa is Missing (Feature)

(2014 / USA / 85 min / Documentary / Crime)

Q & A with Filmmaker: Joe Medeiros

A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth. “The Mona Lisa is Missing” is Generously Sponsored by BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Shorts & Feature Film
The Gift (Short)
Florida Premier: Hockney (Feature)
(2014 / R / 112 min / UK / Documentary)

Hockney sees the charismatic artist take director Randall Wright on an exclusive tour of his archives and into his studio, where he still paints seven days a week.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am Shorts Showcase #4:
Domar: To Tame, An Interview With ESE Teaching Assistant Michael Meehan (short), Loyal to the Game (short), Love Never Dies (short)

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm Feature Film:
Force Majeure
(2014 / Sweden / R / 120 min / Comedy / Drama)

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular.

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Son of Mapes (Short)
Man without a Past (Feature)
(2002/ Finland / PG-13 / 97 min / Comedy / Drama)

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki’s “Finland” trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or anything from his past life, he cannot get a job or an apartment, so he starts living on the outskirts of the city and starts putting his life back on track

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm Shorts & Feature Film:
Sisters (Short), With God (Short)
The Farewell Party (Feature)
(2015 / NR / Isreal / 95 min / Comedy / Drama)

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend, though they are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread.

Hinman Auditorium
6:00-7:00pm Awards Night Presentation
Presentation: Taking Home the Trophy:
Oscars Hopefuls and Predictions with Dan Hudak

Take a journey into this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees with film critic Dan Hudak as he discusses why each film was nominated and which is the odds-on favorite to come out the winner. Clips and background information about all eight nominated films will be shared, and a discussion of the Academy’s voting habits will lend perspective to choosing the likely winner. It’s a lively, dynamic and fun discussion that also covers the voting process and gives audience members a chance to vote for who they think should win Best Picture!

Dan’s film reviews are syndicated throughout the country. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He has also worked as a theatre critic and arts writer for various publications. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
(2014 / 112 min / NR / Documentary / Biography)
Q & A with Filmaker Dyanna Taylor

Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories, and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

Hinman Auditorium
8:30pm Awards & Filmmaker Party

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s annual celebration of artists whose work inspires. The Filmmaker Party brings the best and the brightest filmmaking talent and film industry professionals to Bonita Springs for a night of cinematic revelry. Join visiting filmmakers and celebrate the final night of the festival with craft beers, wine and the festival’s signature cocktail complimenting fabulous fare. Business casual attire.

Additional workshops not listed will be included in the full schedule available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Tickets can be purchased for individual films and film/party packages are available:
General Admission (Single Film) – $15
Opening Night Film & Party – $75
Saturday Night Film & Party – $50
Tuesday Night Film & Party – $50
10 Pack Film Pass – $100
Festival Badge – $200 (Friday, Saturday & Tuesday Parties + 10 additional films)

Bonita Springs International Film Festival’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that a community becomes more informed, aware and alive!

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival is sponsored by The News-Press Media Group, FineMark Bank, BouTeak by Jackie Morelisse, Sue & Roderick Price Trusted Real Estate Advisors, SunTrust Private Wealth, BB&T Oswald Trippe and Company, Whole Foods, The Fresh Market.

Tickets for the Bonita Springs International Film Festival are available by at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 239-495-8989.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Improv Tonight,” February 6, 8:00pm, “Meet the Composers-The Great George Handel,” February 7, 3:00pm, Off-Broadway production “Tea for Three,” February 9, 8:00pm, Folk Legend “Jonathan Edwards,” February 11, 8:00pm, “The Bonita Springs International Film Festival,” February 12-16, 2016 and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO:
The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Bonita Springs International Film Festival (BIFF)
WHEN:
Friday-Tuesday, February 12-16, 2016
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs – Hinman & Moe Auditoriums 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs 34135
TICKETS: $15 general admission film (packages & special event tickets available)

 

 

WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS INSPIRE SCREENING OF “ALTHEA” WITH WIMBLEDON CHAMPION ANGELA BUXTON Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs

By Patrice Shields

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Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950’s and went on to win Wimbledon in 1957 with tennis partner Angela Buxton. Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm, tennis champion Angela Buxton hosts the question and answer session following the screening of the documentary of Gibson’s life “Althea,” at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs (CPABS) Moe Auditorium and Film Center.

Althea’s life and achievements transcend Sports. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 30’s, her mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others and her fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring the story into a much broader realm of African-American History.

In 1951, she became the first African American to play Wimbledon. Later, she would become also the first African American woman to play professional golf. In 1980 Gibson became one of the first six inductees into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, placing her on par with such pioneers as Amelia Earhart, Wilma Rudolph, Gertrude Ederle, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and Patty Berg. Gibson set the stage for future minority players including Serena and Venus Williams.

“I am honored to have followed in such great footsteps,” wrote Venus Williams. “Her accomplishments set the stage for my success, and through players like myself and Serena and many others to come, her legacy will live on.”

In 1955 Althea Gibson was selected by the US State Department to participate in the same United States Lawn Tennis Association-sponsored event where she met her future doubles partner Angela Buxton. Urged by her coach, Buxton reached out to Gibson to be her doubles partner at the French Championships and Wimbledon. As a Jewish player, Buxton was also treated as an outsider in the tennis world in the 1950’s. After the pair won Wimbledon, a British newspaper headlined a report, “Minorities Win.”

The screening of the film offers an opportunity to meet Wimbledon Champion Angela Buxton and join her for a question and answer session following the film.

Tickets for “Althea,” are $15 and can be purchased by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 or at the door the evening of the film.

Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. CFABS is one of 18 Southern communities screening Southern Circuit films this season. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first before time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances. This offer is valid through May 31, 2016.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Mama Cooks it Up,” April 9, 7:30pm, “Helios Swingtet Big Band Orchestra,” April 15, 8:00pm, “Patchouli & Terra Guitar: The Landscape of Guitar,” April 22, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: “Althea” Screening and Discussion with Wimbledon Champion Angela Buxton
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 7:00pm
WHERE:Center for Performing Arts–Moe Auditorium & Film Center, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

COST: Tickets: $15

CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF CULT CLASSIC CINEMA THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Friday, October 24, 2015; 8:30pm at the Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs Courtyard Stage

By Patrice Shieldsrocky_horror_image_with logo
Since September 1975 when The Rocky Horror Picture Show first opened at the United Artist Theater in Los Angeles, California, fans have been returning to experience what many call the first interactive film experience time and again. On Friday, October 30, 2015; 8:30pm join fellow fans and newcomers at the Center for Visual Arts Outdoor Courtyard for a screening of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Get your Halloween makeup out a day early because this interactive campy “Rock-Horror Film Musical” draws devoted followers who dress up as film characters and return to watch and be part of the interactive experience time and again. Rocky Horror is the first true audience participation movie where people yell back lines at the screen during the extended pauses between dialogue, dress up in costume, act out the film, and throw props (available for purchase) during the film.

The film follows sweethearts Brad and Janet, (played by Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, (played by Tim Curry) a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

1373802019_1934_timewarpDon’t worry about bringing props with you to strategically throw at the screen because CFABS has crowd safe props available for purchase. And because many people come dressed as their favorite character, CFABS is giving a free raffle ticket for fun prizes to anyone who comes in costume. Refreshments including beer and wine all make for a great evening.

Tickets for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” are $10 Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the showing or by calling 239-495-8989. Information is available at http://www.artcenterbonita.org.

Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive two VIP tickets to a select Live at the Center performance. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members for select performances.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance and film series including “Meet the Composters Classical Music Series,” November 1, 3pm, “Guitar Legends,” November 5, 8:00pm and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:
WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHAT: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
WHEN: Friday, October 30, 8:30pm
WHERE: The Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs, 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
PRICE: Tickets: $10