Spring Film Festival on its way

June 18th, 2015 10:29 am

First Posted: 3/13/2015

Hasn’t the weather been beautiful? Spring is almost here, so I thought I would tell a bit about our upcoming Spring 2015 Film Festival, which will be held from April 10-30.

This time, 22 of the finest foreign, independent and art films that have been released over the past few months were selected. And, boy, is there a great variety, so mark your calendar.

There will be high drama with films, including “Still Alice,” “Cake,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Homesman.” “Citizenfour,” “Hermitage Revealed” and “Matisse From Tate Modern and MoMA” are some of the documentaries that will be showcased. There are also many films based on true stories, such as “Big Eyes,” the story of painter Margaret Keane, and “Foxcatcher,” a tale about two brothers.

Our full listing of festival films are: “’71,” “Big Eyes,” “Cake,” “Citizenfour,” “Force Majeure,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” “Hermitage Revealed,” “The Homesman,” “The Imitation Game,” “It Follows,” “Leviathan,” “Matisse From Tate Modern and MoMA,” “Mommy,” “A Most Violent Year,” “Mr. Turner,” “Still Alice,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Timbuktu,” “Two Days One Night,” “Whiplash” and “Wild Tales.”

The festival will kick off in grand fashion once again with the Dietrich’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, April 10. This year we will show the dark comedy “Wild Tales” and “Still Alice,” starring Oscar-winner Julianne Moore that evening.

In addition to great movies, there will be delicious food by Epicurean Delight, Twigs Restaurant and Café, The Fireplace Restaurant, Ma Greenley’s BBQ and Seasons Restaurant. Wine and beer will be provided by Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery and Nimble Hill Brewing Company. In between films, there will be a sumptuous spread of desserts served by Epicurean Delight. It’s a great evening to gather up your friends and celebrate the coming of spring and good movies.

Tickets are $40 each and can be reserved by calling the Dietrich at 570-996-1500. For more information about festival movies and their show times, visit dietrichtheater.com.

Before festival begins, however, we encourage you to join us for a few live events at the Dietrich.

Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will delight us with the beautiful music of two of his favorite composers: Johann Sebastian Bach and Heitor Villa-Lobos at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.

For me, there is nothing more soothing than listening to classical guitar. It always amazes me how quickly Jay’s fingers move across the strings of his instrument. Admission is free and a light reception will follow the concert. This event is sponsored by John Keker in memory of Jessie Reppy Keker, who loved Jay’s concerts. Free tickets may be reserved by calling the theater and at the door.

Live entertainment will continue with our first Open Mic Night of the year at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24. We invite musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and other performers to take the Dietrich stage and share their talents.

After the open mic portion of the evening, the Breaking Ground Poets will take the stage. These local youth led by Katie Wisnosky will share their original works. This will be their third time performing at Open Mic Night and we are excited to have them back.

Admission to the evening is free. For more information, call the theater.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!